NYPD, Gov. Cuomo clash over homelessness on the subway

Lloyd Doyle
October 25, 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo of misinterpreting his comments on how the city addresses the issue of homeless people sleeping on subway trains, reiterating that the NYPD is prepared to tackle the issue.

The Governor also took a shot at de Blasio, whilst flaunting his record with helping the homeless. "Homelessness is not a crime and homeless people who are not violating subway rules can not be ejected from the system", NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Stephen Davis said. Additionally, he stated that allowing the homeless to sleep on trains is not a way of helping them.

The NYPD is weighing in over a controversy involving homeless people sleeping on subway trains. "Get the person the mental health treatment they need, have the clean safe shelters, and have the NYPD do what they used to do, which was get help for the homeless person".

The mayor said that he will assign the necessary personnel to keep that from happening.

"That's our responsibility to address, which is what I said", de Blasio said, repeating his comments from the weekend. "So I think some signals got crossed along the way". The NYPD said the most recent Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) survey, that takes a snapshot of the number of homeless people in a single night, estimated 1,812 homeless people on subway cars.


The mayor tried to stay above the fray and said the governor may have been misinformed.

Last February, de Blasio announced a plan to open 90 new shelters over the next five years throughout the city.

"I don't know why he would criticize the NYPD which I think was doing an outstanding job", he said.

The governor's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "They need to do it again".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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