Saturday, July 11, 2020
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State will send the COVID-19 medication Remdesivir to Florida as the state struggles with a resurgence of cases. Florida is waiting for a further supply from the federal government and New York will provide enough Remdesivir to help the state care for 280 COVID-19 patients until the federal shipment arrives. New York's shipment of the medication will arrive in Florida tomorrow.
July 10, 2020
For the last six and a half years, the NYPD has transformed how it polices through precision policing and Neighborhood Policing.
By continuing to focus on the small numbers of individuals who are perpetrating most of the crime, we are best able to protect the public.
Over these years, the NYPD has led in embracing critical reforms to the criminal justice system. Yet meaningful change must be balanced carefully.
This is not a comprehensive analysis of all the factors contributing to the increase in violence that we are now experiencing.
It is a vigorous examination of the data around those no longer bail eligible and their rates of rearrest — extremely important, but one piece of a far more complex set of factors confronting all of us who live and work in New York City.
- The following analysis is related specifically to some of the impacts of bail reform, one of many factors that have contributed to the rise in index crime that started mid-year in 2019.
- The provisions of bail reform were law on January 1st of this year. In practice, some judges and DA’s appear to have started following its provisions in the Fall of 2019.
- Overall index crime spiked in January and did not start to fall until the middle of March when COVID-19 lockdowns started.
- The Department has made 41,107 fewer arrests this year compared to last year (i.e. 75,866 arrests in 2020 vs 116,973 last year).
Non-Bail Eligible Felony Arrestees
- All of the recidivism statistics are based on arrests for ‘new’ offenses that were committed after the original arrest.
- In spite of a drop in arrests year to date, we’ve witnessed non-bail eligible felony arrestees get arrested more frequently and for more serious crimes,
- Looking at this particular subset of people who benefit from bail reform, i.e. those who committed felonies that were no longer eligible for bail (but were in 2019), we found that:
- 19.5% were re-arrested at least once after an initial non-bail eligible felony arrest, 1,798 of 9,227 individuals were re-arrested.
- In 2019, 17.3% were re-arrested (2,188 of 12,640).
- The 2020 group was re-arrested 4,207 times (2.3 arrests per arrestee) and the 2019 group was re-arrested 4,056 times (1.9 re-arrests per arrestee).
- 34.5% of the 2020 re-arrests were 7 majors crimes.
- 16.8% of the 2019 re-arrests were 7 majors crimes.
- That is, 2020 recidivism resulted in 1,452 7 majors arrests vs 681 in 2019, resulting in 771 more arrests for 7 majors offenses.
- This is against a backdrop of 41,107 fewer arrests or a drop of 35.1% YTD in a 7 month period.
- Looking specifically at burglaries, we found that 26% of people arrested for burglary in 2020 were re-arrested within 30 days for an offense committed after their initial arrest ( vs 10% in 2019).
Focus on Robbery and Burglary Arrestees
- Looking specifically at the robbery and burglary arrests that benefit from bail reform provisions, we find:
- In 2020, 580 of the 2,417 (24%) unique people arrested for these charges were re-arrested. In 2019, 292 of 1,444 (20.2%) were re-arrested:
- This subset of non-bail eligible arrestees generated 954 more arrests in 2020 than in 2019 (i.e. 1,560 in 2020 vs. 606 in 2019).
- 44.1% of the 2020 re-arrests were for 7 majors. In 2019, 26.4% of the re-arrests were for 7 majors.
- This subset of non-bail eligible arrestees generated 528 more 7 majors arrests in 2020 than in 2019 (i.e. 688 in 2020 vs. 160 in 2019).
- This group of arrestees were re-arrested more frequently and for more serious offenses than in previous years.
Bail Eligible Felony Arrests
- In 2020, bail was set in 20.8% of bail-eligible arrests vs. 30% in 2019.
- Even when bail is set, the court must select “the least restrictive alternative and condition or condition that will reasonably assure the principal’s return to court.” Also, judges must now explicitly consider the individual’s ability to pay bail without undue hardship.
- There were fewer of these arrests in 2020, 9,802 vs 12,060 (excluding declined prosecutions).
- In 2020, 14% were re-arrested. In 2019, 15.6% were re-arrested.
- The 2020 group was arrested slightly more frequently 1.9 arrests per re-arrestee vs 1.7 arrests per arrestee from 2019.
- 21.8% of the re-arrests in 2020 were for index crimes and 15.4% of the re-arrests in 2019 were for index crimes (562 arrests in 2020 vs 500 in 2019).
- Bail reform expanded Desk Appearance Ticket criteria where arrestees are released pre-arraignment from the station house,
- Looking at those who received DAT’s in 2020:
- 14.2% have been re-arrests at least once since their DAT vs 9.9% in 2019. (2,314 re-arrestees vs 1,482 re-arrestees in 2019.)
- 27% of those re-arrests were for 7 majors vs. 11.9% in 2019. (1,339 7 majors arrests vs 296 in 2019.)
- Some of the new felony Desk Appearance Categories have higher failure to appear rates for court:
- From January 1-April 30, 22% of Grand Larceny Auto arrestees that received a DAT failed to appear for arraignment.
- For the same time period, 19.8% of felony drug arrestees that received a DAT failed to appear for arraignment.
- So far this year, the Department has issued desk appearance tickets to 130 arrestees who committed Grand Larceny Auto versus none last year.
- The new discovery provisions have had an impact on declined prosecutions and pattern arrests not covered here.
Comptroller Stringer Analysis: 85 Percent of M/WBEs Report They Will Be Out of Business in Six Months due to Economic Distress of COVID-19 Pandemic
Comptroller Stringer Calls for Expanded Child Care Options and Transparency from DOE in New York City School Reopening Plans
Underscores critical need for innovation in staffing, urges clarity on school schedules and renews call for significant improvements in remote learning
New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Education Chancellor Richard Carranza demanding more clarity and transparency around the City’s plans to reopen schools for the 2020-2021 academic year. Comptroller Stringer’s letter underscores the DOE’s responsibility to significantly expand child care options for working families, improve remote learning prior to the beginning of the school year, and outlines concerns about school staffing and scheduling issues that are still lacking sufficient detail. The Comptroller stressed in his letter that addressing these challenges is particularly vital for communities of color, who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, more likely to work in frontline industries, and desperately need quality school and child care options in order to survive the economic fallout of this crisis.
Scott M. Stringer
New York City Comptroller
Dear Supporters, Allies & Interested Parties,
First and foremost, THANK YOU!! Thank you for your calls of support, text messages, e-mails, prayers and even your corny and lame jokes. Your support means more to me than you could ever know. I want to provide you with a short update on the Unsettled status of the primary election and our next steps.
1. Every Vote Must Be Counted
As you know, based on the in-person votes cast, we are currently in 2nd place, trailing only by about 4,500 votes. But, that number doesn’t tell the full story:
- 18,948 Absentee Ballots have been returned in CD15 that have NOT been counted - That's almost 50% of all votes cast on Election Day and through Early Voting.
- 3,828 of the Absentee Ballots returned are from the 79th Assembly District, which I represent.
- There is also an unknown amount of uncounted Affidavit Ballots, which we believe is in the thousands.
We anticipate the Board of Elections will begin counting the valid unopened Absentee and Affidavit Ballots this weekend. Learn more here.
We must be extremely vigilant that all votes are counted. For example, the NYC Board of Elections has determined that a ballot that doesn't have a postmark and is received after June 24th likely won't be counted. Thus, the eligible total number of Absentee Ballots could be significantly reduced from 18,948. You may read this story for more details.
With respect to the Affidavit Ballots (also called provisional ballots in some locations), as noted above, we believe the likely total will be in the thousands. Note: If a Registered Democrat voted at the correct polling place but, for whatever reason, voted in the wrong Election District (otherwise known as a Precinct in other places), that vote should count. This reality increases the number of potential ballots to be counted.
As mentioned, we anticipate that ballot review within our District of Absentee and Affidavit Ballots will begin this weekend. The Board of Elections will count two (2) Assembly Districts at a time/likely only two per day until the count is completed. Remember, we have seven (7) Assembly Districts within our Congressional District. Our Assembly District (79th) has the second highest total of returned Absentee Ballots.
We will be allowed to have two representatives from our campaign present per table. If you or any other Registered Democrat in New York is willing to count and review ballots with us, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org so we can slot you into a shift.
We are still seeking campaign donations so that we can cover legal expenses as we continue with this initial count of ballots and address outstanding primary campaign expenses. The same donation limits apply from the primary election. Please use this link to donate.
3. Tell The Story
Please let people know that this process is not complete, as we could have at least 20,000 ballots to be counted here. But, please also share that this Electoral process, including the oversight, must be improved IMMEDIATELY and certainly before November. We should know how many Affidavit Ballots were cast, have a clear timeline of when all ballots will be counted, not have changes AFTER an election while results are unsettled, get clear answers about polling place changes, and have transparency. Lastly, we have filed in Court to ensure that every valid ballot is counted and to address any unintentional or intentional Voter Suppression.
Please let us know if you have any questions or wish to be involved. Let's continue to help our people as we wait on results and continue pressing forward. Thank you for continuing to #BelieveInTheBx.
Thursday, July 9, 2020
BP Diaz, Bronx Tourism Council & BronxNet Debut 'The Best of The Bronx Summer Concert Series' On Bronxnet Television.
On Sunday, July 12, 2020, the office of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., in collaboration with The Bronx Tourism Council and BronxNet will debut the telecast of "The Best of The Bronx Summer Concert Series."
Originally slated to take place from July through August at “The Bronx Riviera,” due to the gathering restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, BronxNet will air the best performances from The Bronx Summer Concert Series Salsa Fest that have taken place over the years.
“The Bronx has such rich musical history," said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. "As the birthplace of so many genres, from doo-wop to hip-hop to salsa, the 'The Bronx Summer Concert Series' has always had a special place in my heart. Orchard Beach’s Salsa Fest beautifully captures the unique flavor that makes The Bronx ‘El Condado de la Salsa,’ and while we would have loved to have hosted our 5th Annual Bronx Summer Concert Series, the safety of our residents takes priority as we continue to work together to not only flatten the curve, but eliminate COVID-19.”
Over the past five years, The Bronx Summer Concert Series has featured a wide-ranging variety of legendary artists - from The Mambo Legends Orchestra to Los Hermanos Moreno, as well as the best local talent and Bronx dance teams.
The virtual "Best of The Bronx Summer Concert Series" will be televised on BronxNet TV (channel 67 on Optimum / channel 33 on Verizon Fios) and streaming on BronxNet.TV every Sunday, from July 12 to August 30, launching with the 2018 Kickoff featuring N’Klabe and Coro.
BronxNet’s lineup includes:
- July 12: Bronx Summer Concert Series 2018 Kickoff - N’Klabe and Coro
- July 19: Bronx Summer Concert Series 2019 - Raulin Rosendo, Raul Acosta, and Oro Solido
- July 26: Bronx Summer Concert Series 2019 - Tipica 73 and Hector Tricoche
- August 2: Bronx Summer Concert Series 2017 - Ismael Miranda and TKA
- August 9: Bronx Summer Concert Series 2018 - Ricardo Jerome & The Fusion Band, The Everything Covered Band, and Fuerza Positiva
- August 16: Bronx Summer Concert Series 2019 - The Mambo Legends Orchestra
- August 23: Bronx Summer Concert Series 2019 - Tony Vega & Bronx Charanga
- August 30: Bronx Summer Concert Series 2016 - Los Hermanos Moreno and Willy Valentin y Su Orquesta
“I want to thank The Bronx Tourism Council and BronxNet for helping put together these telecasts, showcasing the best performances that have made Orchard Beach a must-see summertime destination spot, not just for the borough but for the entire city of New York,” said Borough President Diaz Jr.
“We look forward to celebrating Bronx Salsa Fest together in the future, but in the spirit of keeping our brand alive, we are also offering some virtual activities in addition to the previous concerts being aired,” said Olga Luz Tirado, Executive Director of The Bronx Tourism Council. "Though, for now, we are keeping a safe distance, I am confident that we will dance together again!”
“BronxNet broadcasts programs that celebrate The Bronx as a cultural capital and nexus of the arts, said BronxNet Executive Director Michael Max Knobbe. “Through our longstanding partnership with the Bronx Borough President and The Bronx Tourism Council we are proud to broadcast the Bronx Summer Concert Series on BronxNet TV.”