Assault can be charged as a hate crime, but gang assault cannot. So, if one person beats up another person because of the victim’s race, that assault can be charged as a hate crime. But, inexplicably, if a group of people beats someone up because of their race, that gang assault (as the law calls it) cannot be charged as a hate crime. That needs to change.
The wide-ranging impact of this alleged corruption is significant. When the field is rigged, law-abiding companies and legitimate MWBEs are cheated out of much-needed contracts. And when executives care more about their bottom line than their employees, and more about their greed and lining their pockets than the law, hard-working New Yorkers suffer.
Good afternoon Chair Hanks and members of the Committee on Public Safety. Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you today regarding my Office’s Fiscal Year 2024 Preliminary Budget. We thank the City Council for its past support, my fellow District Attorneys for their collaboration, and know that a safer and fairer city requires all of us working together.
It’s disconcerting and sometimes scary to see our neighbors who are plainly unwell whether its openly using drugs or behaving in a deserving manner, talking to themselves either above ground in our streets or below ground in our subways. These individuals need help. As do our neighborhoods and small businesses. We cannot ignore these issues and have people cycle through our court system again and again. By addressing these human needs, we address the broader needs of public safety in our community.
Good afternoon Chair Kamillah Hanks and members of the Committee on Public Safety. Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you today regarding my Office’s Fiscal Year 2023 Preliminary Budget, to highlight what we are doing to address and disrupt the rise in violence in our city and the help we need to meet the challenges we face. We thank the City Council for past support, my fellow District Attorneys for their collaboration, and know that a safer and fairer city requires all of us working together.