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New York Governor Hochul acknowledges ‘there is a crime problem’ after calling Republicans ‘manipulative’ on the issue

New York Governor Kathy Hochul acknowledged on Wednesday that “there is a crime problem” in her state as the election looms in less than a week.

Speaking on NY1 “Mornings On 1,” Hochul highlighted the coordinated efforts of her and New York City Mayor Eric Adams to address mental health issues, bolster subway safety and get guns off the streets. to fight more crime.

Hochul has reinforced her tough stance on lawlessness ahead of the election, though her Republican opponent, Lee Zeldin, continues to criticize her on New York’s crime rates.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul, left, speaks, joined by New York City Mayor Eric Adams and new ATF Director Steve Dettelbah as she delivers a speech on their joint effort to fight gun violence on Aug. 24, 2022, in New York City. .
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“I recognize that there is a problem with crime. This is not new to me because it is election time, I have worked on this throughout my term as governor,” he said. she declared.

It’s a change of tone since Hochul appeared on Al Sharpton’s MSNBC show on Sunday and called Republicans “master manipulators” on crime.

“They’ve got this conspiracy all over America to try to convince people that in Democratic states they’re not as safe,” she said. “Well guess what? They’re not just election deniers, they’re data deniers.”

The governor went on to say that violent crime was actually down in his state.

“The data shows shootings and murders are down in our state by 15% in New York, down 20% on Long Island, where Lee Zeldin is from,” she said.

Hochul argued that Zeldin’s stance on guns is counterproductive when it comes to fighting crime.

“He thinks it’s fine for 18-year-olds to buy an AR-15,” she said, adding that she changed that law after the Buffalo massacre. “He thinks it’s okay not to have a background check. He opposes what we call ‘red flag’ laws.

“You can’t be tough on crime if you’re soft on guns,” she added, according to NY1.

New York Governor Hochul acknowledges ‘there is a crime problem’ after calling Republicans ‘manipulative’ on the issue

New York Congressman and Republican candidate for New York Governor Lee Zeldin attends the annual Columbus Day Parade in New York City, October 10, 2022.
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Lawlessness has been a major talking point for Republicans seeking to hold Democratic seats not just in gubernatorial campaigns, but throughout congressional races.

Hochul said New York’s high crime rate was a problem she inherited after taking the governorship after Andrew Cuomo’s early resignation last year.

“Murders and shootings are down 15% since I became governor,” she said, adding that she now has to tackle rising property crimes, such as auto theft.

The Governor stepped up her tough on crime messaging and ended her latest campaign ad by looking at the camera and saying, “You deserve to feel safe, and as Governor, I won’t stop work until you do”. Politico first reported.

New York Governor Hochul acknowledges ‘there is a crime problem’ after calling Republicans ‘manipulative’ on the issue

New York Governor Kathy Hochul speaks during a press conference on the upcoming gun-free zone implementation in Times Square, August 31, 2022, in New York City.
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The GOP hopes the Cuomo scandals, COVID policies and high crime rates will be enough to persuade New York voters to elect the first Republican candidate for governor in 20 years.

If elected, Hochul would become the first female candidate to be elected governor of New York.

Hochul’s campaign did not immediately respond to comments.

Fox News’ Kristine Parks contributed to this report.

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