DeBla­sio Draws Heat for Protest­ing Trump at G-20 in Wake of Bronx Cop Slay­ing

The Jewish Voice - - NEW YORK - By: Anat Ghel­ber

Mayor Bill de Bla­sio is get­ting crit­i­cized for an in­ter­na­tional trip he has taken to Ger­many in the wake of the shoot­ing death of an of­fi­cer with the New York City Po­lice Depart­ment in the Bronx. Of­fi­cer Mioso­tis Fa­milia, aged 48, was shot to death in her po­lice car in the Bronx. Po­lice are calling her death an ' un­pro­voked at­tack’.

The mayor has de­fended his trip to Ger­many stat­ing that “city busi­ness” will con­tinue as nor­mal even if he’s not present. “All the is­sues that need to be at­tended to, I'm at­tend­ing to ev­ery day, re­gard­less of where I am,” he stated from the city of Ham­burg to WNYC. Mayor de Bla­sio left New York City to take part in the in­ter­na­tional G20 eco­nomic sum­mit. He’ll be mak­ing the keynote ad­dress at a rally be­ing staged in protest to the sum­mit. The sit­u­a­tion has been de­scribed as “very tense” since there are nu­mer­ous fights be­tween po­lice of­fi­cers and demon­stra­tors in the city re­gard­ing the sum­mit.

Back in New York City, Mayor de Bla­sio is be­ing taken to task for seem­ingly aban­don­ing the city dur­ing po­ten­tial crises re­gard­ing not only the death of Of­fi­cer Fa­milia but also the fact that home­less­ness in New York City has ap­par­ently in­creased by 40% from the last year. Sev­eral may­oral can­di­dates and Repub­li­can party mem­bers in the city are mak­ing sure to take ad­van­tage of the sit­u­a­tion and levy crit­i­cism at the Mayor for his ac­tions, among them are Repub­li­can mayor can­di­date Assem­bly­woman Ni­cole Mal­lio­takis from Staten Is­land, and Repub­li­can Chair­man Ed Cox. Chair­man Cox has even gone on to say, "Bill de Bla­sio is so derelict in his job of Mayor, he should give it up and let some­one else take over his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and du­ties, per­mit­ting him to re­turn to his full-time roots as a pro­tester and po­lit­i­cal rab­ble-rouser. New York­ers de­serve so much bet­ter.”

The mayor has de­fended him­self by say­ing that he was in­vited to go to Ger­many al­most two weeks ago, but re­frained from in­form­ing any­body af­ter the po­lice of­fi­cer’s death. He made sure to at­tend Of­fi­cer Fa­milia’s fu­neral. He stated, “I feel so deeply for Of­fi­cer Fa­milia's fam­ily. I was in

the room when Com­mis­sioner O’Neill and I had to tell her 20-year-old daugh­ter what had hap­pened.” There is ap­par­ently a plan to place bul­let-re­sis­tant glass in city ve­hi­cles like the one Of­fi­cer Fa­milia was in to pro­tect po­lice of­fi­cers from shoot­ings like this in the fu­ture. As far as the in­crease in the num­bers of home­less peo­ple in New York, based on an an­nual sur­vey known as the HOPE count, the mayor re­sponded, “Look there's no question there is a prob­lem there, even though I think that count was taken on a day that might have in­flated the num­bers a lit­tle bit be­cause of weather. The cen­tral point is there's a prob­lem and it's not a prob­lem I'm go­ing to ig­nore.”

Mayor Bill de Bla­sio is get­ting crit­i­cized for an in­ter­na­tional trip he has taken to Ger­many in the wake of the shoot­ing death of an of­fi­cer with the New York City Po­lice Depart­ment in the Bronx. Of­fi­cer Mioso­tis Fa­milia, aged 48, was shot to death in her po­lice car in the Bronx. Po­lice are calling her death an 'un­pro­voked at­tack’.

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