Migrants Still Not Leaving NYC Hotel, Demand Free Stays at ‘Vacant Luxury Apartments’ on Billionaires Row

Migrants Still Not Leaving NYC Hotel, Demand Free Stays at ‘Vacant Luxury Apartments’ on Billionaires Row

Border crossers, who arrived on buses from Texas, are still not leaving a New York City hotel where they were placed, for free, by Mayor Eric Adams (D). Instead of shelters, the border crossers are demanding to be set up in “vacant luxury apartments” on Billionaires Row.

Last week, as Breitbart News reported, city officials sought to move single male adult border crossers out of the Watson Hotel in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan where Adams’ administration had initially placed them as part of his migrant hotels plan.

Many of the border crossers, though, refused to leave and set up giant encampments on the city’s sidewalks that were eventually taken down by the New York Police Department (NYPD).

Still, according to local reports, border crossers are refusing to leave the Watson Hotel in protest over what they claim are poor conditions at the city’s mega-shelter at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.

Instead, an activist with NYC ICE Watch shouted that border crossers should be placed in “vacant luxury apartments” all along the city’s Billionaires Row — paid for by New Yorkers.

“[Adams] could have easily, along with Gov. Hochul, opened up all the vacant luxury apartments,” the activist said. “We are on 57th Street right now. This is billionaire’s row. Half of the super towers on this street are empty.”

A group of migrants refuses to leave a hotel in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, New York, United States on January 30, 2023. (Fatih Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

A group of migrants refuses to leave a hotel in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, New York, United States on January 30, 2023. (Fatih Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

As nearly 50,000 border crossers have been bused to New York City, a sanctuary jurisdiction, since the spring of last year, Adams has recently called on President Joe Biden to “fairly distribute” illegal immigration across the United States.

Rather than cracking down on illegal immigration, the Biden administration is creating new programs to bring even more migrants to the U.S.

Most recently, for instance, Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched a mobile app where foreign nationals living in Mexico can schedule appointments to get released into the U.S. interior at the southern border.

Similarly, DHS announced a plan that blows open the doors to an even more expansive Catch and Release network at the border, where 360,000 more border crossers will be able to get into the U.S. interior by applying for humanitarian parole.

Already, Biden’s DHS is using a little-known parole program to mass-release hundreds of thousands of border crossers into the U.S. interior every month. At current estimates, the Biden administration has released 1.6 to two million border crossers into American communities since February 2021.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at jbinder@breitbart.com. Follow him on Twitter here

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Photos: Migrants Refuse to Leave NYC Hotel, Demand Taxpayers Give Them ‘Permanent Homes’

Photos: Migrants Refuse to Leave NYC Hotel, Demand Taxpayers Give Them ‘Permanent Homes’

Border crossers, who arrived in New York City on buses from Texas, are refusing to leave a luxury Manhattan hotel that city officials had placed them in.

Over the weekend, city officials sought to move migrants out of the Watson Hotel in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan and to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal where Mayor Eric Adams has constructed a massive shelter for new arrivals.

Many of the border crossers staying at the Watson Hotel, paid for by taxpayers, are refusing to leave and have instead set up a homeless encampment outside the hotel. There, they are demanding the city “cancel rent” and provide them with “permanent homes.”

Some open borders activists, assisting the migrants, even suggested to ABC 7 News that new arrivals get placed in some of the city’s most expensive properties without charge.

Another sign posted by border crossers outside the Watson Hotel reads “no to discrimination towards immigrants” while one other reads “We need housing to sleep, we need help please.”

The housing demands come as New Yorkers, particularly working and middle class, grapple with exorbitant rents and skyrocketing home prices that have pushed many out of the city’s five boroughs and hundreds of thousands out of the state altogether.

Nearly 50,000 border crossers have been bused to New York City, a sanctuary jurisdiction, since the spring of last year. Those new arrivals will immediately begin competing for limited housing across the city, pushing the price of rent and homes way up for natives.

Real estate investors are some of the biggest beneficiaries of mass immigration to the United States. Immigration-driven population growth, set to bring the United States population to more than 400 million by 2060, is likely to send housing prices even higher.

A 2017 study published in the Journal of Housing Economics found that “increases in immigration into a metropolitan statistical area are linked with rising rents and home prices in that metropolitan statistical area and neighboring metropolitan statistical areas.”

Republicans in Congress representing New Yorkers — including Rep. Elise Stefanik, Claudia Tenney, Nick Langworthy, Marc Molinaro, Nicole Malliotakis, Andrew Garbarino, Anthony D’Esposito, and Nick LaLota — have been largely silent about the connection between mass immigration and housing costs.

A view from the surroundings of Watson Hotel in Manhattan, New York, United States on January 29, 2023. (Selcuk Acar/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

A view from the surroundings of Watson Hotel in Manhattan, New York, United States on January 29, 2023. (Selcuk Acar/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

A view from the surroundings of Watson Hotel in Manhattan, New York, United States on January 29, 2023. (Selcuk Acar/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

A view from the surroundings of Watson Hotel in Manhattan, New York, United States on January 29, 2023. (Selcuk Acar/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Migrants camp out in front of the Watson Hotel after being evicted on January 30, 2023 in New York City. (Leonardo Munoz/VIEWpress via Getty Images)

Migrants camp out in front of the Watson Hotel after being evicted on January 30, 2023 in New York City. (Leonardo Munoz/VIEWpress via Getty Images)

Migrants camp out in front of the Watson Hotel after being evicted on January 30, 2023 in New York City. (Leonardo Munoz/VIEWpress via Getty Images)

Migrants camp out in front of the Watson Hotel after being evicted on January 30, 2023 in New York City. (Leonardo Munoz/VIEWpress via Getty Images)

Migrants camp out in front of the Watson Hotel after being evicted on January 30, 2023 in New York City. (Leonardo Munoz/VIEWpress via Getty Images)

Migrants camp out in front of the Watson Hotel after being evicted on January 30, 2023 in New York City. (Leonardo Munoz/VIEWpress via Getty Images)

A sign is seen as migrants camp out in front of the Watson Hotel after being evicted on January 30, 2023 in New York City. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

A view from the surroundings of Watson Hotel in Manhattan, New York, United States on January 29, 2023. (Selcuk Acar/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Migrants camp out in front of the Watson Hotel after being evicted on January 30, 2023 in New York City. (Leonardo Munoz/VIEWpress via Getty Images)

Migrants camp out in front of the Watson Hotel after being evicted on January 30, 2023 in New York City. (Leonardo Munoz/VIEWpress via Getty Images)

Migrants camp out in front of the Watson Hotel after being evicted on January 30, 2023 in New York City. (Leonardo Munoz/VIEWpress via Getty Images)

Migrants camp out in front of the Watson Hotel after being evicted on January 30, 2023 in New York City. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Camping tents are pictured outside the Watson Hotel on 57th Street and 9th Avenue. (Luiz C. Ribeiro/for New York Daily News/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at jbinder@breitbart.com. Follow him on Twitter here

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Migrants, Bused to NYC, Arrested for Allegedly Stealing $12.5K from Macy’s

Four border crossers, bused from Texas to New York City, were arrested this month after allegedly stealing nearly $12,500 worth of merchandise from a Macy’s department store.

On Monday, the Nassau County Police Department in Long Island, New York announced the arrests of 19-year-old Wrallan Cabezas Meza, 30-year-old Jose Garcia Escobar, 21-year-old Miguel Angel Rojas, and 27-year-old Rafael Rojas for allegedly shoplifting at Macy’s.

All of the men are newly arrived border crossers who were bused from Texas to New York City as part of Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) plan to send migrant buses to sanctuary jurisdictions.

In total, nearly $12,500 worth of merchandise was recovered from the four border crossers. Escobar and Rafael Rojas were subsequently released from jail without bail. It is unclear if Meza and Angel Rojas remain in jail on bail.

According to the New York Post, Meza crossed the United States-Mexico border on July 4, 2022 while the others arrived at the border months later in September. All were put on buses by the state of Texas and relocated to New York City.

Angel Rojas and Rafael Rojas, the Post reports, have been living rent-free at the Westin Hotel in Manhattan. A whistleblower recently called out Mayor Eric Adams’ (D) plan that gives lucrative city contracts to a number of hotels willing to house migrants arriving on buses.

According to the whistleblower, border crossers are fighting hotel staff, drinking all day, and having sex in public, among other things.

Last week, Adams pleaded with President Joe Biden to create a federal program that would “fairly distribute” illegal immigration across the U.S. so as to relieve New York City of the burden of accepting tens of thousands of border crossers that have arrived since last spring.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at jbinder@breitbart.com. Follow him on Twitter here.

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3 NYPD Cops Attacked with Machete Near Times Square on New Year’s Eve, Suspect with Alleged Islamic Extremist Ties in Custody

3 NYPD Cops Attacked with Machete Near Times Square on New Year’s Eve, Suspect with Alleged Islamic Extremist Ties in Custody

A suspect with possible Islamic extremism ties is in custody after three police officers were injured in a machete attack near Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

The cops were attacked at approximately 10:11 p.m. on Saturday at W 52nd Street and 8th Avenue, outside a police screening area for the New Year’s Eve festivities in Times Square, New York City Police Department (NYPD) commissioner Keechant Sewell told reporters at a press conference Sunday.

“Unprovoked, a 19-year-old male approached an officer and attempted to strike him over the head with a machete. The male then struck two additional officers in the head with the machete,” Sewall said.

One of the officers fired their weapons at the suspect, hitting him in the shoulder, and he was arrested shortly after.

Two of the injured officers were taken to Bellevue Hospital, where they were noted to be in stable condition. One of the wounded officers, who had been on the force for eight years, suffered a laceration to the head. Another officer, who had graduated from the police academy on Friday, was also struck in the head and suffered a laceration injury.

Another officer, who received unknown injuries, was taken to Mount Sinai West hospital and is expected to recover.

The alleged suspect was later identified as Trevor Bickford, 19, of Wells, Maine, the New York Post reported, citing law enforcement sources.

While Bickford has no criminal history, police sources told the Post that the FBI in Boston had had the alleged suspect on their radar, including having him placed on a guardian list due to his radicalization. Furthermore, Bickford’s aunt reported his radicalization to authorities because he allegedly said he wanted to fight in Afghanistan.

Other law enforcement sources told the New York Daily News that Pickford is a “radicalized terrorist.”

The NYPD released an image of the weapon used in the attack, which commissioner Sewall described as a “large knife.”

Bickford was also taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he is being treated for his injuries. His charges are pending, the Post noted.

Police are asking for anyone who has information on the incident to come forward and contact them.

You can follow Ethan Letkeman on Twitter at @EthanLetkeman.

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At The Whimsical Intersection Of Joan Didion And William F. Buckley

At The Whimsical Intersection Of Joan Didion And William F. Buckley

After viewing former presidents, athletes, and rock stars with a friend at The National Portrait Gallery one afternoon years ago, I stopped in front of a photograph from 1970. In it, a tiny woman, enveloped in a flowy pantsuit threatening to swallow her petite frame, leans against a white Corvette Stingray. “Here is my great role model,” I said to my friend. “Susan, meet Joan Didion.”

Didion died last December at age 87. Last month, however, her legend resurfaced in a much-hyped estate sale sponsored by Stair Galleries in Hudson, New York: “An American Icon: Property From the Collection of Joan Didion.”

Steering clear of corporate media, I only heard of the Nov. 16 event a week before on Facebook. A member of one of the left-leaning literary binders I joined long ago was gloating about how the collection of William F. Buckley books belonging to Joan Didion had only garnered $150 in bids, while a stack of books by women poets tallied three or four times as much.

There were 224 items up for auction, ranging from fine art to furniture, glassware, and dishes. I had little interest in the author’s American faux bamboo and pine writing table, her Le Creuset enameled cast-iron Dutch ovens, or even her iconic sunglasses. My focus was on those Buckley books, despite the fact that my husband and I already possess three of the five titles.

The idea of owning books written by Bill Buckley which had belonged to Joan Didion seemed a worthy pursuit. From the age of 22, Didion’s work spoke to me, the young, single — all I want to do is live in New York me — essayist and conservative selves yet to surface.

I was introduced to Joan Didion in the mid-1980s at Hunter College. My favorite professor Nick Lyons assigned our class the writer’s famous essay, “Goodbye to All That,” the final piece in her iconic collection, “Slouching Towards Bethlehem.”

That essay details the author’s early adulthood in New York City; what it felt like to be a young, single woman transplanted from sprawling California to Manhattan. Its edgy, concrete prose, so personal to the writer yet so universal, explained my obsession with New York. Why I wanted — no, needed — to move to the city immediately after high school. I could not articulate the necessity or the reason, but Joan Didion explained it perfectly.

“Quite simply, I was in love with New York,” Didion wrote in “Goodbye to All That.” “I do not mean “love” in any colloquial way, I mean that I was in love with the city, the way you love the first person who touches you and never love anyone quite that way again.”

Didion Gets the Washington Treatment

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” Didion wrote. My favorite Didion story isn’t, ironically, a New York story. It’s a Washington story. And because it is set in Washington, it is a political story.

In the 1990s, I was neither an essayist nor conservative but a marketing exec at a legal staffing firm. To keep my writing skills sharp, I penned a column for Legal Times called “The Human Factor,” and my literary ambitions alive reading Didion’s essays and novels.

I still perused The Washington Post in those days, particularly the calendar notices advertising art and literary events. One day, I was thrilled to note that Didion was scheduled to be interviewed in Washington by the book section’s editor.

With the excitement of a 16-year-old girl about to see the Beatles perform live for the first time, I read passages aloud to my husband from “Goodbye to All That,” my voice unexpectedly breaking at key paragraphs.

On stage at the event, instead of posing questions about Didion’s creative process, her taste in literature, or her favorite dishes to cook (she was legendary for creating large soirees and “could make dinner for forty people with one hand tied around her back,” Eve Babitz, the Los Angeles–based artist and author, said), the Post’s Book World editor repeatedly pressed Didion on politics. Would she care to comment on the sorry state of affairs in our country? How did she feel about the failures of the current Bush administration? It was Washington, after all.

Didion, a regular contributor to National Review in the 1950s and ’60s, and a fan of John Wayne, repeatedly sidestepped the question, obviously wanting to talk about her own work. Yet the editor kept at it, eventually bullying the great writer into making a statement. But her response held little hostility — a veiled critique designed to quiet her interviewer and move on to more literary matters.

Several weeks later, a newsletter arrived in the mail from The Washington Post Book World. In it, said editor raved about his interview with Didion, highlighting how disgusted the writer was with the administration and their handling of the country.

It was well after 6 p.m. I picked up the phone meaning to leave a message and was shocked when the editor actually answered. “I just read your write-up of the Didion event,” I stammered. “And your recount is simply not true! She said nothing about the failings of the administration, sidestepping the question several times until you goaded her into talking about politics.”   

There was silence for a few seconds until, finally, the revered editor responded, “Well, I um, lost my notes from the event and had to submit something,” he explained. “So, I wrote the summary from memory.”

Fast forward two decades. “An American Icon: Property From the Collection of Joan Didion” raised $1.9 million. Proceeds benefit patient care and research of Parkinson’s at Columbia University, as well as fund a scholarship for women at the Sacramento Historical Society.

The individual items raised infinitely more money than anticipated. A copy of the photo I stood in front of at the National Portrait Gallery (estimated to go for $1,500-$3,000), sold for $26,000.

The stack of Bill Buckley books, including “Did You Ever See a Dream Walking,” “Cruising Speed,” “Airborne,” and “Atlantic High,” all signed and dedicated, fetched a hammer price of $1,600.

Alas, I was not the lucky recipient, but I knew my gift from Joan Didion had already been received. 


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Analysis: New Yorkers to Pay ‘At Least’ $600M for Illegal Immigration Influx

Analysis: New Yorkers to Pay ‘At Least’ $600M for Illegal Immigration Influx

New York City residents will pay “at least” $600 million for an influx of illegal immigration under Mayor Eric Adams’s watch as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) continues sending migrant buses to the sanctuary city, a new analysis reveals.

For months Abbott has been sending border crossers and illegal aliens on buses to a number of sanctuary jurisdictions across the United States, including New York City. Almost immediately, Adams told New Yorkers to get “on board” with waves of illegal immigration burdening schools, infrastructure, homeless shelters, and subways.

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A new estimate from the Independent Budget Office (IBO) finds that the arrival of nearly 24,000 border crossers and illegal aliens to New York City is set to cost New Yorkers some $600 million over the course of a year and an additional $250 million if about 10,000 more arrive on buses in the coming months.

The IBO report states:

IBO has examined the costs that the city will incur over the course of a year to provide services to this population. Based on the number of asylum seekers who had arrived as of early November, IBO estimates that the city will spend at least $596 million over the course of a year. Our estimates include about $580 million in costs that are directly tied to the number of asylum seekers who already have arrived in the city. These include shelter stays, public school costs, as well as some health services and immigration legal assistance. Some of these costs, particularly shelter, will fall into the next fiscal year. [Emphasis added]

The total cost of city services provided to the newly arrived asylum seekers cannot be estimated with certainty, as the number of people arriving and remaining in the city continues to evolve. Where possible, we provide the per‐person or per‐household cost of the various services. We estimate that this per‐person/household could range from about $1,900 for an individual who does not enter the city’s shelter system and receives some health and basic legal services to nearly $93,000 for a family of four who enters a shelter for a year and has two children enrolled in the city’s public schools, along with receiving some health and basic legal services. This can be used to project total costs once there is a better understanding of the total number of asylum seekers expected to require services from the city. For example, the arrival of an additional 10,000 asylum seekers—assuming the current mix of households remains consistent—would increase costs by around $246 million. [Emphasis added]

While an overall tax burden to New Yorkers, the arrival of thousands of border crossers and illegal aliens is proving lucrative for the city’s real estate investors and luxury hotel owners who are scoring city contracts to house hundreds in their properties.

Even as Adams spent $750,000 to set up a sprawling 84,000-square-foot migrant tent city on Randall’s Island, city officials announced that the tent city will be shuttered soon.

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Instead, city officials are focusing on cost-transferring contracts with luxury hotels across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island where they are paying millions to rent hundreds of hotel rooms that are being provided to arriving border crossers and illegal aliens, free of charge.

Abbott’s sending migrant buses to sanctuary jurisdictions was created to aid Texas with shifting the burden of President Joe Biden’s record-setting illegal immigration levels at the United States-Mexico border.

While more than 5.5 million border crossers and illegal aliens are estimated to have arrived at the southern border since Biden took office, the administration is welcoming at least 6,200 into American communities every day.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at jbinder@breitbart.com. Follow him on Twitter here

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NYC Crime Statistics: Rape Up 10.9 Percent, Robbery Up 32.4 Percent, Burglary Up 29.1 Percent, Grand Larceny Up 38.5 Percent

NYC Crime Statistics: Rape Up 10.9 Percent, Robbery Up 32.4 Percent, Burglary Up 29.1 Percent, Grand Larceny Up 38.5 Percent

Crime in New York City increased over the past year but New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) claims data did not show bail reform as being the problem.

The New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) recent crime statistics show that year to date, rape was up 10.9 percent, robbery up 32.4 percent, burglary up 29.1 percent, and grand larceny up 38.5 percent.

During an interview Friday on CNN, Hochul asserted that “the data is not showing” that bail reform is causing the surge in crime, and “There are individual cases, but compared to pre-pandemic and when this was passed, I don’t think there’s a real disparity.”

Meanwhile, a recent poll found the majority of American voters lay blame at the feet of “woke politicians” for the crime wave sweeping across President Joe Biden’s (D) America, Breitbart News reported October 20.

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2022/11/01: Gubernatorial Republican candidate, Congressman Lee Zeldin addresses media on a corner of Broadway and 50th street after arrest of person involved in shooting near his house. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – 2022/11/01: Gubernatorial Republican candidate, Congressman Lee Zeldin addresses media on a corner of Broadway and 50th street after arrest of person involved in shooting near his house. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Rep. Lee Zeldin said during a recent debate he is running for the governor’s seat to fight rampant crime plaguing the state, according to Breitbart News:

Kathy Hochul supports cashless bail. As soon as it got implemented, she was out there bragging about it. She chose the champion of the defund the police movement and the architect of cashless bail Brian Benjamin [to be her lieutenant governor]. Yeah. That guy who got arrested and had to resign. That was her first big decision to make as governor.

We need to repeal cashless bail. We need to make our streets safe again. I’m running to take back our streets and to support unapologetically our men and women in law enforcement. This is about all of us together — Republicans, Democrats, independents, as New Yorkers — to make sure streets are safe again, to make sure subways are safe again.

Zeldin has taken the lead in the gubernatorial race as he fights to unseat Hochul, per a recent Trafalgar Group poll.

“The poll found that of the 1,198 likely general election voters, 48.4 percent would vote for the Zeldin, while 47.6 percent would vote for Hochul. With four percent undecided, Zeldin leads the Democrat incumbent by less than a point and within the margin of error,” Breitbart News reported Monday, adding Election Day is November 8.

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Panic In New York: Democrats Tell CNN to Brace for Deep Losses

With Rep. Lee Zeldin surging in the polls against New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) and congressional Democrats playing defense in several vulnerable districts, New York Democrat officials and strategists told CNN they are bracing for deep losses in the Empire State.

New York Democrats’ concerns stem from rising crime across New York City and the state as a whole, which is becoming more of a focus for voters as Election Day draws closer.

For example, an October poll found that 77 percent of Americans see violent crime as a significant problem in the country. In addition, a recent Pew Research Center poll found that black voters, who historically are a solid blue voting bloc, are concerned about violent crime more than other ethnic groups, with 81 percent of black Americans seeing it as a very important issue when considering who to vote for next week.

When looking at who voters blame the ongoing crime wave on, an October Harvard/Harris poll found that 64 percent of voters say, “woke politicians” are responsible, with a majority of Democrat voters feeling that way too.

New York Democrats passed a law in 2019 to eliminate cash bail; since then, auto theft, robberies, and rape have skyrocketed. Further, 211 people were arrested at least three times for burglary, and 899 people were arrested at least three times for shoplifting in the first half of 2022, according to New York Police Department numbers.

However, while Democrats pivot away from crime or blame conservative media outlets like Fox News for highlighting the problem, they are worried the messaging on crime will encourage voters to choose Republicans at the ballot box next week.

As CNN reported:

But going into Election Day, New York Democrats worry about a double whammy from how they’ve struggled to address crime: Swing voters turned off by Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul and suburban House Democrats go vote Republican, while base Democrats in the city, dejected by talk of how awful things are, don’t turn out at all.

New York City Democrat councilman Justin Brannan told CNN, “We can’t dismiss people’s concerns” about crime.

Manhattan borough president Mark Levine, a Democrat, urged members of his party to “talk about” crime and “offer real solutions.”

Retiring Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) spoke with CNN about how rising crime has New York voters concerned about their state, telling the outlet, “People want to feel safe first before they go to a club.”

Rice also said New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) “hasn’t shown he has focused on the issue enough for it to have made a difference.”

Adams, a Democrat who was elected last year on a tough-on-crime platform, is now a roadblock to driving voters to vote blue, according to some Democrats.

Adams has criticized New York’s 2019 bail reform and urged New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) to call a special legislative session to address the state’s bail laws.

One New York Democrat operative said Adams “was an essential validator in the city to make their attacks seem more legit and less partisan,” when speaking to CNN about how the mayor played into right-wing narratives on crime.

According to Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY), “the concern over crime is real.” Still, he wants to “have an honest conversation about how Democrats like Eric Adams have validated a hysteria over crime that is uninformed and that has been debunked” after the midterm elections.

Regardless of how some Democrats feel about the crime wave in New York or Adams’ impact on the narrative, Democrats are now playing defense in the gubernatorial election and several high-profile congressional races, including the seat held by Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY).

poll released Monday found that Zeldin is now ahead of Hochul by a slim margin, which prompted the Democrat Governors Association to funnel an undisclosed amount of money into Hochul’s race at the last minute, despite previously planning not to spend anything on the New York race.

In what seems to be a last-ditch effort at saving the seat, Vice President Kamala Harris flew to New York to campaign for Hochul on Thursday, and President Joe Biden will travel to the Empire State to do the same on Sunday.

Jordan Dixon-Hamilton is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at jdixonhamilton@breitbart.com or follow him on Twitter. 

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