Crime Surges in Bronx District of Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

Crime statistics reveal a significant surge in major crimes within the precinct covering the East Bronx district of Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. The data shows a 27% increase in major crime, with spikes observed in five out of the seven major crime categories. The 49th Precinct, which encompasses the Laconia neighborhood where Heastie’s office is located, recorded 595 major crimes through Sunday, compared to 467 during the same period in 2023.

Disturbingly, rape cases have skyrocketed by 175% (11 from 4), felony assault has soared by 18% (105 from 89), robbery has climbed by 6% (68 from 64), grand larceny has ballooned by 70% (251 from 148), and auto larceny has risen by 9% (113 from 104), according to the statistics.

Critics, including Bronx conservative activist Grace Marrero, accuse Heastie of neglecting his constituents and the community. They argue that the implementation of bail reform, championed by Heastie in 2019, has created a revolving door for released felony suspects, exacerbating the crime problem.

Heastie faced further backlash when he opposed Governor Kathy Hochul’s plan to toughen sentences for retail thieves, stating that he does not believe raising penalties serves as a deterrent to crime. Business owners, particularly in Heastie’s own neighborhood, express frustration over his refusal to crack down on violent shoplifters, as retail theft has increased by 19% (185 from 155).

Bronx activist Bernard Smith, who tragically lost his son and nephew to gun violence in 2000, emphasizes the importance of accountability. Smith recalls learning a hard lesson when he was caught shoplifting 40 years ago and received a 90-day sentence. He questions Heastie’s stance on crime, highlighting the rising fear in the city and the disappearance of seniors from public spaces.

Even after a murder occurred outside Heastie’s office last year, where a 20-year-old man was fatally shot during a drive-by shooting, the Assembly Speaker has failed to address the growing concerns. Two suspects were arrested in connection with the incident, but Heastie was notably absent, according to sources.

Both Heastie and state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins have resisted Governor Hochul’s proposal to grant judges more discretion over bail, aiming to roll back the requirement of imposing the “least restrictive” standards to ensure court appearances. Heastie has also supported the state’s “Raise the Age” law, which raised the age for criminal liability to 18.

Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD sergeant and adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, remarks on the alarming rise in crime and the declining quality of life in Heastie’s district. He suggests that while most New York City precincts have shown improvement, criminals in Heastie’s district seem to benefit from his policies.

Activist Bernard Smith urges action beyond mere photo opportunities, emphasizing the need for officials to walk the streets and address the crime issues that are well-known within the community.

Author: CrimeDoor

1 Response

  1. 1. Increase community engagement: Encourage residents to actively participate in neighborhood watch programs or community policing initiatives. This can help create a sense of unity and shared responsibility for safety within the community.

    2. Strengthen law enforcement presence: Advocate for increased police patrols and visibility in high-crime areas. This can act as a deterrent and make criminals think twice before committing crimes.

    3. Improve lighting and surveillance: Work with local authorities to install better street lighting and surveillance cameras in areas with high crime rates.

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