Not Right to Drag NYPD Into a Fundraising Appeal
Stop Ideological War – Get Back to Managing NYC
Nicole Malliotakis, the presumptive Republican nominee in the race for mayor, today called an email fundraising appeal sent by the de Blasio campaign an example of “how Bill de Blasio and his campaign use scare tactics in a cynical attempt to raise campaign cash.”
In the fundraising appeal, which was sent out Sunday, De Blasio’s campaign manager, Rick Fromberg wrote, “And what we need to do is send a powerful message, right out of the gate, that we will never allow her to turn the NYPD into Donald Trump’s personal deportation force.”
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “It is sad and unfortunate that Bill de Blasio and his campaign use scare tactics in a cynical attempt to raise campaign cash and have now dragged the NYPD into their tall tale.”
“Bill de Blasio knows that I’m a daughter of immigrants and that I support a path to citizenship for those who also desire to reach the American Dream. He also knows that I was the New York State Chair of Senator Marco Rubio’s campaign for president so his efforts to paint me as an ally of Donald Trump borders on the ridiculous. What the de Blasio campaign leaves out of its appeal is the fact that he has taken a “sanctuary” policy this city has had in effect for decades and expanded it to protect those undocumented immigrants who prey on other immigrants and citizens by committing crimes such as grand larceny, sex abuse, or patronizing a child for prostitution.
“He also conveniently leaves out that his recently passed budget allocates $26 million in tax dollars to be used for the legal defense of undocumented immigrants, including dangerous felons who are facing deportation. That is $26 million can be far better used in programs for children or the elderly, to fix some of our subway system’s problems, to find shelter for homeless New Yorkers or keep open facilities that are part of our indebted public hospital system.
“The fact that the de Blasio campaign would attempt to drag the NYPD into his appeal is both cynical and disrespectful, especially coming from a mayor who has had a rocky relationship with the NYPD to begin with. Bill de Blasio needs to understand that the men and women of the NYPD are sworn to uphold the law, a concept that is obviously hard for the mayor to understand, as he continues to break or challenge federal laws in his reckless and misguided attempts to prevent convicted criminals, including those who commit sexual abuse, grand larceny or patronize a child for prostitution from being deported.
“With our transit system in crisis, our streets and roads clogged with traffic and an education system that’s failing our children, it’s about time that Bill de Blasio stopped waging ideological war and got back to a mayor’s traditional job; managing New York City.”