After a recent outcry over the deplorable conditions of a New York City subway station, two New York City Council members, both of them Democrats, allegedly tried to cover up the conditions with what locals say was a phony photo-op.
As previously reported by the New York Post, the West Fourth Street station is a hot mess where, around 12:00 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 18th, the Post observed that the “entire platform smelled of feces, urine, alcohol and cigarette smoke.”
The conditions eventually spurred a local resident, Alan Cohen, into submitting a letter to New York City Council member Erik Bottcher complaining about the conditions.
Bottcher replied in late February with a letter claiming the council was “working on doing a walkthrough with the NYPD, MTA, Transit Police and other elected officials regarding this station.”
It seemed, based on the letter, that Bottcher had an interest in exposing the station’s conditions to the relevant authorities. But that, apparently, wasn’t the case.
According to Cohen, it appears as if everything about the tour — which finally occurred this past week — was fake and phony.
“My concern is that this is just a photo op and nothing is going to happen,” he told the Post this week.
“City Council newcomers Erik Bottcher and Christopher Marte led concerned Greenwich Village residents on a tour of the pigsty that passes for the West Fourth Street subway this week — but only after a battalion of MTA employees wiped away signs of vagrants and filth,” the Post reported on Saturday.
“A fleet of at least eight MTA service trucks arrived outside the station hours before the Tuesday tour. Workers shooed away the homeless, scrubbed graffiti and washed the station’s mezzanine floor. The surface was still wet when the group, which included NYPD officials and civic leaders, toured the hub for the A, D, E, F, B, M and C trains.”
Instead of seeing and experiencing what the West Fourth Street is really like on any given day, they got to see and experience a mirage, critics say.
“They called in the cavalry. We’re tired of hearing the same old story. We want action, not this bulls–t,” one local who attended the tour, Steven Hill, complained to the Post.
“My main concern is violence, being a woman and a mom,” another local who attended the tour added.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) March 22, 2022
While shady, Bottcher and Marte’s actions don’t appear to be a surprise.
The Post notes that both “ran for office last year on anti-cop platforms that neighbors say have fueled the city’s staggering crime surge and the quality-of-life crisis underground.”
“Marte ran for city council last year on a platform of defunding and disarming police and closing prisons. Bottcher has been a vocal opponent of traditional policing. His own mother nearly skipped his inauguration ceremony this month over fears of the city’s staggering uptick in crime,” according to the Post.
Both likewise “refused during the tour to answer Post questions about how their positions are impacting life on the streets and in the subway.”
Cohen for his part blames Bottcher, Marte and every other leftist NYC political figure for the hot mess that the city as a whole has become.
“The politicians have a huge role in this. [Manhattan DA Alvin] Bragg is handcuffing everybody. [Cops] have been castrated, Everything they do is undone. Resisting arrest is no longer a crime. It’s crazy. How are we supposed to feel safe?” he told the Post.
In New York City, apparently you’re not …
NYC used to be a place where far more people dreamed of living their lives & building their future. 1-party Dem rule has allowed crime to run rampant, turned our streets over to criminals & made law-abiding citizens want to flee. It’s not that hard to turn this all around! https://t.co/zg0CpRCz2C
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) March 25, 2022
Jackie Toboroff, a Republican candidate who ran against but ultimately lost to Marte last year, agreed.
“The conditions on the subway are the direct result of local leaders coddling criminals and mistreating ordinary citizens,” she told the Post.
In addition to going soft on crime, NYC politicians have been cracking down on veritable “not-crime” like not getting vaccinated.
As of late March, the city remains one of a select few in the nation still forcing employees to either get vaccinated or be fired.
Yet this past week, NYC Mayor Eric Adams announced a waiver — but only for the city’s rich and powerful athletes:
Fuming fired NYC workers aim to sue Eric Adams over vaccine exemptions for privileged athletes: report https://t.co/0mxrZ52vAr
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) March 25, 2022
NYC sees a 75% increase in subway crime… they see a 58% increase in street crime. Adams tells athletes and movie stars ‘no masks’ while everyday NY’er’s, police, fire, EMT, teachers etc..MUST wear a mask to protect us….What am I missing?
— Kenny Polcari (@KennyPolcari) March 25, 2022
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