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Politics: Nyc Council Must Not Override Adams’ Veto On Controversial

POLITICS: NYC Council must not override Adams’ veto on controversial police stops bill

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The City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on overriding the mayor’s veto of the lunatic How Many Stops bill.

It seems Speaker Adrienne Adams is pushing hard to override, claiming it’s vital to protect the council’s prerogatives against the mayor.

The speaker — who’s pushed this idiocy from the start — claims that burying cops under paperwork will somehow serve “the health and safety of our city and its neighborhoods.”

It’s hard to see how: Whether police are investigating a shooting in the South Bronx, looking for a missing autistic child in Bed-Stuy or just getting witness statements as they decide how to handle a disturbed person in Hell’s Kitchen, where’s the value in documenting everyone they speak with — even when the encounter yields no info?

All it does is force the officer to spend time back at the stationhouse, mindlessly recording data on race, gender, age, etc., a huge loss of police productivity at a time when the force is shrinking, morale is sinking and crime and disorder remain far too high.

At least Adams got nine Council members to join him for an “eye-opening” NYPD ride-along in Harlem and the South Bronx on Saturday night.

“It was very eye-opening, and I think that this is something we should incorporate when we’re putting together bills like this,” former Public Safety Committee Chairwoman Kamillah Hanks (D-SI) told The Post.

Hanks, like her other ride-along colleagues Democrats Selvena Brooks-Powers, Oswald Feliz, Eric Dinowitz, Rafael Salamanca and Gale Brewer, voted for the Stops bill last month; the ninth, Francisco Moya, abstained.

“I don’t think it will change my mind,” Brewer said.

And that’s the crux of the problem: Council Democrats are wedded to their wrongheaded beliefs about policing in the Big Apple.

On Monday, three mothers of children killed by violence in New York City begged the council not to overturn the veto.

“As someone who has experienced the trauma of violence against their child in our city, I strongly oppose this legislation that would result in officers wasting time filing reports instead of carrying out their duties looking for the person who has committed an act of violence or broken the law,” wrote Yanely Henriquez, whose 16-year-old daughter, Angellyh Yambo, was killed in the crossfire of two criminals in April 2022.

The Post interviewed residents around the city; they also disagreed with their own council representatives.

The question, then, to councilmembers is: How do you justify this vote to the mother mourning her child? How do you justify it to your own voters?

They can’t. This vote is only fueled by anti-police bigotry — a hatred not shared by their constituents, who overwhelmingly want more of New York’s Finest on the streets of their neighborhoods.

Protect public safety, councilors.

Uphold the veto.



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