Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly is very skeptical about the city’s post-pandemic future and said the “happy talk” coming from City Hall is mostly nonsense.
“You see all of these small stores and businesses that still remain closed. Many of them you know will never reopen. I hope New York comes back and comes back soon,” Kelly told radio host John Catsimatidis. “I don’t see the indicators of that. There’s a lot of happy talk that says it’s coming back, but I think we have a long way to go.”
Kelly cited recently available data on subway safety to show how crucial it is to get crime under control before commuters will return.
The NYC subways saw 2.19 felonies per million riders in August, according to NYPD and MTA data, which is much more than the 1.47 per million rider crime rate for all of 2019.
“People are still very concerned about riding in the subways. Bad things can happen to you on the subway,” the former top cop said. “So, what are [people] doing? They’re staying above ground. They’re taking cars if they can. And they’re working from home.”
In other city news, Monday marks the beginning of patrons be required to show vaccination proof to attend dining, movie theaters, gyms and other in-door activities.
Mayor Bill de Blasio says he has civilian officers from many agencies monitoring the situation citywide. We shall see how well that goes in the next few days.