After taking warmth for tapping police-defunder Brian Benjamin as her No. 2, Gov. Kathy Hochul swore “no one” on her crew actually helps defunding cops. Yet she simply picked one other defunder, Amit Bagga, for deputy secretary for intergovernmental affairs.
So what’s the reality? If no Hochul official backs “Defund,” because the gov claims, then Bagga and Benjamin should’ve been mendacity after they mentioned they need NYPD cuts. Why rent liars? Or was she mendacity about her crew?
During his failed run for City Council this 12 months, Bagga referred to as for chopping the NYPD finances by $3 billion, labeling New York a “police state” that wants dismantling.
The criminal-justice system is “rooted in the original sin of slavery” and “weaponized to criminalize, impoverish and murder black Americans,” he argued — profitable help from defunder Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s political motion committee.
Benjamin, too, in his failed bid for metropolis comptroller, insisted he backs police cuts. After The Post famous Hochul’s determination to make him lieutenant governor anyway, she tried to dispel fears of defunders on her employees.
“We do not support defund the police. No one in my administration does,” she asserted. We should fund cops to “protect, particularly, black and brown communities, where sadly and tragically so many black and brown communities are being hit hardest.”
Hochul has veered sharply left since taking workplace final month, plainly fearing a major problem subsequent 12 months. She’s “paved the way for thousands of criminals to be released from jail,” fees state GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy. “She’s so desperate to stave off a primary, she’s gone full AOC.”
The gov is aware of “Defund the police” is a serious loser with most voters however pink meat for the far left — so she talks like a centrist whereas embracing the loons and far of their agenda. In quick, Hochul is shaping as much as be each bit as cynical because the man she changed.