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Malliotakis: A horrible example of sex crimes that are occurring more frequently in NYC
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the presumptive Republican nominee in the race for mayor, held a Monday afternoon news conference at the intersection of Beaver Road and 150th Street in Jamaica, Queens, by the lot where a 50 year-old woman was robbed and sexually assaulted on the night July 11 while heading home from church. In her remarks, Malliotakis called what happened, “a horrible example of sex crimes that are occurring more frequently in New York City under Bill de Blasio.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “The sexual assault that took place on this street last Tuesday night shocked and disgusted our city and our nation and is a horrible example of sex crimes that are occurring more frequently in New York City under Bill de Blasio.”
“When I entered the race for mayor in early May, I spoke about the increase in rapes and sexual assaults that are taking place in our city and have continued to speak about it in the weeks since. The defenders of Bill de Blasio and even some in the media questioned the facts as they repeated Bill de Blasio’s constant mantra; that New York is one of the safest big cities in America. Tell that to the woman who was brutally assaulted here last week. Ask her how safe she feels or how safe any woman feels who has been assaulted in this city.
“In addition to sexual assault, this incident shines a spotlight on the homeless crisis and on the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, which ultimately, was responsible for oversight of the young men who committed the assault. From media reports on the assault and the investigation that followed, it appears that the perpetrators used the shelter as a base of operations for criminal activity that terrorized the surrounding neighborhood. The sexual assault and at least one other incident took place after the 10:00 pm curfew that the Department of Youth and Community Development insists is in place at the 27 facilities it funds and oversees.
“You have at-risk and homeless youth living in a facility, funded by the taxpayers, that is required to provide 24 hour supervision and enforce a 10:00 pm curfew. But, we find its residents out roaming the streets and committing a heinous sexual assault at 11:00 pm last week and a 3:00 am gunpoint robbery in late June. The Department of Youth and Community Development readily admits that it conducts site visits of the facility on a monthly basis. Obviously, that is not enough. The taxpayers of New York City have to ask; who’s in charge?
“Less than 24 hours after the sexual assault took place on this street, Bill de Blasio held a ’Women for de Blasio’ rally on the steps of Brooklyn’s Borough Hall. Surrounded by cheering Park Slope progressives, he spoke about his agenda on women’s issues.
“Bill de Blasio just doesn’t get it; he jets off to Germany to protest the G-20 hours after a police officer is assassinated in the Bronx and he holds a campaign rally on women’s Issues hours after a horrific sexual assault takes place on a woman heading home from church on a dark and deserted street in Queens. He simply doesn’t understand that one of the most basic of all women’s issues is the ability to walk the streets of our city and ride on its mass transit system without fearing sexual assault! Over the first 3 years of this mayor’s term we’ve seen felony sex crimes have increase by 25% and misdemeanor sex crimes by 22%.
“Bill de Blasio needs to understand that it’s not about Bill de Blasio all the time; it’s about the people of this city and showing leadership when incidents like this take place. Perhaps, if he spent less time travelling back and forth to the gym or flying across the country or around the world to promote his personal agenda, he might find the time to come to a street like this to better understand why it is dark and desolate or the time to address a homeless crisis that continues to put all New Yorkers at risk.”