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MetroFocus: April 1, 2020

ANDREW CUOMO AGAINST DONALD TRUMP, NYPD ON THE FRONTLINES OF THE PANDEMIC

AIRED: April 01, 2020 | 0:29:05
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>>> UP NEXT, METRO FOCUS, WE'RE

WORKING FROM HOME BUT WE'RE

DEDICATED TO BRINGING YOU

IMPORTANT STORIES ABOUT HOW OUR

AREA IS INFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS.

>> THIS IS METRO FOCUS --

MADE POSSIBLE BY --

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>>> WELCOME TO METRO FOCUS I'M

JACK FORD.

APPOINTMENT VIEWING, TERM

EMBRACED BY TELEVISION PROGRAMS

PUT SIMPLY WHAT YOU PUT ON THE

AIR IS SO COMPELLING THAT PEOPLE

SCHEDULE THEIR LIVES AROUND IT.

IN THIS NEW REALITY OF OURS

WE'RE SEEING A DIFFERENT TIME OF

APPOINTMENT VIEWING EMERGE.

DOESN'T FOCUS ON COMEDIES OR

DRAMAS OR SPORTING EVENTS RATHER

IT FOCUSES ON THE DAILY

BRIEFINGS IN OUR BATTLE AGAINST

THE CORONAVIRUS AND NONE HAS

BECOME MORE MUST-WATCH TV, NOT

JUST IN THE TRI-STATE AREA BUT

NATIONALLY THAN THE DAILY

BRIEFING OFFERED BY THE NEW YORK

GOVERNOR, ANDREW CUOMO.

WHY, WHAT'S BEEN SO COMPELLING

ABOUT IT?

HOW HAS IT HELPED THE GOVERNING

PROCESS?

HOW'S IT MADE VIEWERS FEEL?

WHAT IMPACT MIGHT IT HAVE ON

DEALING WITH THIS CRISIS, ON THE

RECOVERY AND ON THE GOVERNOR'S

FUTURE.

TO TALK ABOUT THAT WE'RE

DELIGHTED TO BE JOINED BY OUR

GOOD FRIEND, AWARD WINNING

JOURNALIST AND POLITICAL

COMMENTATOR.

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

HOPE YOU'VE BEEN DOING WELL.

>> BEEN DOING OKAY SO FAR.

SAME TO YOU.

>> ALL RIGHT.

GOOD.

SO LET'S TALK ABOUT ALL OF THIS

BEFORE I GET TO HOW THIS IS HAS

BECOME MUST-WATCH TV AND THE

IMPACT ON OUR STRUGGLE AND

BATTLE AND WHAT THE FUTURE WILL

BE, LET'S TALK ABOUT IN GENERAL

WHAT THE PERCEPTIONS HAVE BEEN

NOR GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO.

GIVE ME YOUR SENSE BEFORE WE GOT

TO THE CRISIS HERE.

WHAT DO YOU THINK PEOPLE THINK

ABOUT HIM?

>> SMART, GENERALLY COMPETENT,

HARD-DRIVING, AND UNLOVEABLE.

>> THAT LAST PART IS INTE

INTERESTING, I'VE SEEN WORDS

LIKE SMART AND HARD DRIVE, I'VE

SEEN MATERIALISTIC, ABRASIVE,

AIRING, A BULLDOZER, COMING FROM

PEOPLE AROUND HIM, WHY ARE THOSE

TERMS USED TO DESCRIBE HIM?

>> FIRST OF ALL, LET'S POINT

THIS OUT, HE HAS NOT CHANGED.

THERE'S NOTHING DIFFERENT THAT

WE AND ALL AMERICANS HAVE BEEN

SEEN ON KICKING AROUND NEW YORK

FOR YEARS.

HE'S THE SAME GUY.

IN FACT MANY OF THE WORDS WE

JUST USED STILL APPLY TODAY.

WHAT'S DIFFERENT IS THE TIMES

HAVE CHANGED DRAMATICALLY.

GREAT LEADERSHIP IS A

COMBINATION OF STRONG CHARACTER

AND THE RIGHT MOMENT, LET ME

TELL YOU, NOBODY HAS ARRIVED AT

THAT COMBINATION NOR

DRAMATICALLY THAN ANDREW CUOMO.

SAME GUY AS BEFORE BUT BOY ARE

THESE TIMES DIFFERENT.

>> I DO WANT TO SAY, YOU KNOW

HIM, I KNOW HIM, I WILL ALSO ADD

TO THAT LIST, CHARMING,

ENGAGING.

>> YEAH, YEAH.

>> AS YOU SAY, VERY SMART.

HE HAS ALL OF THOSE POSITIVE

QUALITIES AND MIGHT HAVE LESS

ENDEARING TERMS TO SOME THAN TO

OTHERS.

SO LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT HAS

BEEN PLAYING OUT HERE.

THESE BRIEFINGS HE DOES HAS

BECOME MUST-WATCH TV.

DESCRIBE FOR OUR FOLKS IN CASE

THERE'S PEOPLE WHO HAVEN'T SEEN

HIM, DESCRIBE THE FORMAT FOR ME

AND HOW IT PLAYS OUT.

>> WELL, HE'S SITTING IN A LONG

TABLE WITH SEVERAL TOP AIDS AT

THE TABLE, SPACED SIX FEET FROM

EACH OTHER, SO THERE'S A LONG

TABLE WITH A FEW CHAIRS IN FRONT

OF A ROOM, CAN'T SAY FILLED WITH

REPORTERS BUT WITH A BUNCH OF

ALBANY REPORTERS AND THEY TOO

ARE SPACED AROUND THIS ROOM WITH

A LOT OF FEET BETWEEN THEM.

IT'S AN ODD AND KIND OF WEIRD

SET UP.

WE'RE NOT USED TO THIS DISTANCE

THAT SEPARATES US FROM EACH

ONLY.

BUTS ALSO SYMBOLIC OF THE TIME

WE'RE LIVING IN.

SO HE'S UP THERE, HE GIVES AN

OPENING REMARK, GETTING FOLKS UP

TO SPEED HOW MANY NEW CASES ARE

HAD, WHAT NEW MEASURES ARE PUT

INTO EFFECT, HE CALLS ON VARIOUS

CABINET MEMBERS FOR SPECIFIC

INFORMATION.

IT TAKES QUESTIONS, IT'S NOT

THAT DIFFERENT FROM A REGULAR

PRESS CONFERENCE, AGAIN, IT'S

JUST THAT THE TIME'S DIFFERENT.

>> LET'S FOCUS ON THAT A LITTLE

BIT IF WE CAN.

WHAT DO YOU THINK THE PUBLIC IS

GETTING FROM HIM TO DRIVE THE

DESIRE TO WATCH THESE AND GOT TO

ADMIT HAS DRIVEN HIS OWN

POSITIVE RATINGS, AND BEFORE

THIS EPIDEMIC BROKE OUT HE WAS

IN THE HIGH 40'S ARE THE NUMBERS

I SEEN.

MOST RECENT I'VE SEEN IS IN THE

HIGH 70'S.

>> SOME UP IN THE 80'S.

>> IN THE 80'S?

>> AS HIGH AS 90.

>> AND FOR ANY POLITICAL FIGURE

TO GET INTO THE 80'S AND 90 IS

ASTONISHING ECHELON TO REACH.

WHAT THEN IS ALLOWING PEOPLE TO

SAY, THIS IS THE SAME, AS YOU

MENTION BEFORE, HE HASN'T

CHANGED.

THIS IS THE SAME ANDREW CUOMO.

BUT NOW HE'S BECOME SO MUCH MORE

POWERFUL IN THEIR IMAGES AND

THEY EMBRACE HIM SO MUCH MORE,

WHY?

>> WELL, I DON'T KNOW THAT I CAN

ANSWER THAT WITHOUT MAKING A

COMPARISON.

IT'S A STARK COMPARISON AND IT'S

TO DONALD TRUMP.

THE BIGGEST FIGURE IN THIS TIME

OF CRISIS IS THE PRESIDENT.

AND I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE

DISSATISFIED WITH THE

PRESIDENT'S RESPONSE, ZIG

ZAGGING REACTIONS, THE DOWN PLAY

OF IT, THE FLURRIES OF THINGS

THAT TURN OUT TO NOT BE TRUE,

CORRECTION FROM THE EXPERTS, ALL

OF THAT ADDS TO THE CRAZYNESS

THAT IS DONALD TRUMP.

LOOKING AT ANDREW CUOMO HE'S

OPPOSITE TO THAT, HE'S CALM,

FACTUAL, SEEMINGLY, I THINK

SANE, IS THAT A FAIR WORD TO

USE, BUT A MUCH MORE BALANCED

COMPLIMENT KIND OF AN OFFICIAL,

AT A TIME THERE'S A LOT OF

AMERICANS AND NEW YORKERS

CRAVING THAT.

SO I THINK ALMOST EVERYONE WHO

LOOKS AT ANDREW AND SAYS MAN

THIS GUY'S HITTING IT OUT OF THE

PARK.

SOMEWHERE IN THAT ANALYSIS IS

THE EITHER SPOKEN OR UNSPOKEN

PRAISE COMPARED TO DONALD TRUMP.

>> STAY WITH THAT FOR A MOMENT.

BECAUSE YOU MENTIONED DONALD

TRUMP.

AND JUST VERY RECENTLY IN THE

LAST DAY OR SO, YOU SAW

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

COMMENTING ON POSITIVELY ON

GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO.

NOW WE ALL KNOW, WHETHER YOU'RE

A FAN OF THE PRESIDENT OR NOT,

HE RARELY SAYS COMPLIMENTARY

THINGS ABOUT MEMBERS OF THE

DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND HE HAS HERE

WITH GOVERNOR CUOMO SO MUCH SO

THAT HE EVEN SAID, WELL, I WOULD

LIKE RUNNING AGAINST HIM, HIS

WORDS.

SOMETHING TO THAT EFFECT AND HE

EVEN THEN, PRESIDENT TRUMP

COMPARED GOVERNOR CUOMO TO

FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN

AND OFFERED HIS OWN OPINION THAT

CUOMO WOULD BE A BETTER

CANDIDATE THAN BIDEN.

WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THAT?

>> JACK, YOU KNOW WHAT'S GOING

ON HERE, I MEAN THIS IS THE

MISCHIEVIOUS TRUMP, RIGHT.

I WOULD SAY TWO THINGS.

ONE, HE'S LOOKING AT THE SAME

POLL NUMBERS YOU AND I ARE AND

REALIZING THIS GUY IS PRETTY

POPULAR.

BUT MAYBE EVEN MORE SO, HE KNOWS

THAT JOE BIDEN IS ON HIS WAY TO

BECOMING THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE,

THAT THROWING THE SPECTOR,

HOWEVER REMOTE THAT ANDREW CUOMO

MIGHT SOMEHOW SWOOP INTO THAT

ROLE IS LIKELY TO CAUSE

AGITATION AMONG PRESIDENT'S

POLITICAL OPPONENTS, DEMOCRATICS

SO, HE'S GOING TO KEEP SAYING IT

WILL BE A LOT BETTER THAN SLEEPY

JOE.

WISH THEY COULD HAVE OLD ANDREW

INSTEAD OF THIS DIM WIT TTED GU

I'M RUNNING AGAINST.

TAKE THAT WITH THE POLITICAL

CALCULATION.

>> THE QUESTION HAS BEEN POSED

TO THE GOVERNOR, MOST RECENTLY,

LAST NIGHT, MONDAY NIGHT, HE

APPEARED ON HIS BROTHER CHRIS

CUOMO'S SHOW ON CNN.

AND CHRIS CUOMO, HIS BROTHER

PUSHED HIM ON IT AND SAID WOULD

YOU DO THAT.

THE GOVERNOR HAS BEEN ADAMANT

SAYING NO.

I AM WHERE I AM, DOING WANT I

WANT TO BE DOING, WHAT I SHOULD

BE DOING, IT'S NOTHING SOMETHING

ON MY RADAR SCREEN RIGHT NOW.

TALK ABOUT THAT A LITTLE BIT AND

HIS DECLINING TO EVEN ENGAGE IN

THAT CONVERSATION.

>> WELL, FIRST OF ALL, LET'S YOU

AND I AGREE THAT HAS NEVER BEEN

A POLITICIAN WHO DIDN'T WAKE UP

IN THE MORNING AT SOME POINT OR

ANOTHER LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND

SEE FUTURE PRESIDENT OF THE

UNITED STATES.

ANYONE IN PUBLIC LIFE THOUGHT

WHY NOT THE BEST, WHY NOT ME.

SO LET'S TAKE THAT.

NOW THAT SAID,

BOY, WHAT A -- WHAT A DELICATE

QUESTION AT A DELICATE TIME.

RIGHT.

ANDREW CUOMO IS DOING GREAT

DEALING WITH THIS CRISIS.

THE MECHANICS OF TURNING THAT

GOOD FEELING INTO A PRESIDENTIAL

RUN, YOU KNOW, IT'S LATE MARCH,

APRIL, INTO THE SUMMER OF THE

PRESIDENTIAL YEAR, WHEN SOMEONE

ELSE SEEMS TO HAVE THE

NOMINATION SUMMED UP.

JUST THE MECHANICS OF IT, IT'S

JUST SO ALMOST UNFATHOMABLE.

ALSO, BOY, YOU GOT A RISK OF

PEOPLE THINKING THAT YOU ARE

TRYING TO USE THIS -- THIS

HORRIBLE, HUMAN TRAGEDY FOR YOUR

OWN SELFISH POLITICAL AMBITIONS.

AND, YOU KNOW, THAT 90% RATING

WILL TUMBLE IN A HURRY IF PEOPLE

THOUGHT YOU WERE USING THIS IN

THAT KIND OF WAY.

>> YEAH.

>> SO HE'S ABSOLUTELY SMART TO

STAY AWAY FROM IT.

AND TALKING TO CHRIS LAST NIGHT,

IT WAS KIND OF -- THERE WAS A

WINK THROUGHOUT THAT WHOLE

CONVERSATION, I THOUGHT.

>> RIGHT.

I THINK, I'M TALKING HERE WITH

OUR GOOD FRIEND ALEX HANDIGAN

ABOUT ANDREW CUOMO AND THE

IMPACT HIS BRIEFINGS HAVE HAD ON

THE POPULATION NOT JUST IN THE

TRI-STATE AREA BUT ALSO

NATIONALLY. IF YOU WATCH THEM,

THEY'RE INTERESTING BACK AND

FORTH, HE WAS ON COUPLE DAYS

AGO, THEY TALK ABOUT THEIR

RELATIVE PROWESS AS BASKETBALL

PLAYERS.

THEY TALK ABOUT WHICH WAS THE

FAVORITE SON FOR THEIR MOTHER.

AS YOU SAID, IT HAS BEEN SORT OF

WITH A WINK BUT IT'S GOOD TO SEE

THE QUESTION POSED.

BUT CERTAINLY WHAT YOU'RE

SUGGESTING MAKES A LOT OF SENSE.

BUT I GUESS THE QUESTION

BECOMES, IF HE COMES OUT OF

THIS, THE WAY HE APPEARS TO IN

TERMS OF THIS SOARING POSITIVE

RATINGS FOR HIS JOB, SOMEBODY

WHO IS PRESENTED AS YOU SAID AN

IMAGE OF BOTH POWER AND STRENGTH

AND COMPASSION, WHICH IS

SOMETHING THAT AT THIS TIME

PEOPLE ARE DESPERATELY LOOKING

FOR.

HELP THEM GET THROUGH THIS

CRISIS.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IT MIGHT MEAN

THEN, MAYBE NOT IN TERMS OF THE

IMMEDIATE FUTURE, THE NEXT SIX

MONTHS, WHAT DO YOU THINK IT

MIGHT MEAN FOR THE FUTURE OF

ANDREW CUOMO?

>> WELL, IN POLITICS, JACK, AS

YOU KNOW, TIMING IS EVERYTHING

AND A HE IS, YOU KNOW, HE'S ON A

ROLE FOR SURE RIGHT NOW.

THE TIMING IS A LITTLE OFF.

RIGHT.

THIS HAD BEEN A YEAR EARLIER IT

WOULD HAVE BEEN A VERY NATURAL

LAUNCH INTO A PRESIDENTIAL

CAMPAIGN.

IF THE RATE YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT

IS 40 YEARS AND CHANGE LATER,

YOU KNOW, A LOT OF STUFF CAN

HAPPEN BETWEEN NOW AND THEN.

JUST ASK CHRIS CHRISTIE WHO

DIDN'T GRAB THE MOMENT, AND CAME

BACK FOUR YEARS LATER TO A VERY

DIFFERENT SITUATION.

LISTEN, I'M NOT SMART ENOUGH TO

TELL YOU WHAT POLITICS IN

AMERICA IS GOING TO BE IN 2024.

WHO THE CANDIDATES ARE.

WHAT THE -- WHERE THE PUBLIC'S

EMOTIONS ARE, WHO THE HECK

KNOWS, GAUGING THAT BY THE WEEK

AS GOTTEN TOUGH.

BUT HE'S PRESENTED HIMSELF WELL,

RISEN TO THE BIGGEST CRISIS OF

HIS TIME, OF OUR TIME, AND RISEN

IN A WAY -- YOU KNOW, THERE'S

COUPLE OTHERS HAVE DONE SO ALSO.

>> I WOULD MENTION THE GOVERNOR

OF MY STATE, BILL MURPHY HAS

BEEN VIEW IN A VERY SIMILAR

FASHION IN TERMS OF BRINGING TO

THE PUBLIC THAT COMBINATION OF

WE'RE IN CHARGE, WE'RE LOOKING

OUT FOR YOUR BEST INTEREST, THAT

COMBINATION OF POWER AND

COMPASSION.

I SEEN, I KNOW, FULL DISCLOSURE,

I KNOW GOVERNOR MURPHY A LITTLE

BIT AND I THINK HE HAS ALSO BEEN

ABLE TO PORTRAY THAT SAME

COMBINATION OF CHARACTERISTICS,

WHETHER YOU'RE A REPUBLIC,

DEMOCRAT, RIGHT NOW WE NEED GOOD

LEADERSHIP AND PEOPLE ARE

POINTING TO GOVERNOR CUOMO AND

STILL A THIRST FOR LEADERS TO

BRING US TOGETHER.

LOOKING AT THE GOVERNORS IS A

GOOD PLACE TO FIND THAT.

>> ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.

AS ALWAYS.

ELLIS ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO SHARE

THOUGHTS WITH YOU.

>> YOU TOO.

>> YOU STAY SAFE AND STAY

HEALTHY.

>> YOU TOO.

>> LOOK FORWARD TO TALKING TO

YOU AGAIN REAL SOON.

>> THANK YOU.

>> HI I'M MADDIE ORTON HERE WITH

NYPD CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT KERI

MONAHAN.

WE HAVE A LOT TO COVER, LET'S

GET TO IT.

LET'S START WITH THE SAFETY OF

THE NYPD.

I UNDERSTAND AT THE TIME OF THIS

TAPING ABOUT 15% OF THE NYPD

ABOUT 5600 OFFICERS ARE SICK AND

YOU HAVE ABOUT 1200 CONFIRMED

CASES OF OFFICERS WHO HAVE THE

CORONAVIRUS.

IS THAT RIGHT?

>> ABSOLUTELY.

THAT NUMBER KEEPS INCREASING

EVERY SINGLE DAY THAT WE'RE OUT

THERE.

WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO STAY

OUT THERE.

WE HAVE ENOUGH RESOURCES OUT ON

THE STREET RIGHT NOW TO MAKE

SURE WE'RE COVERING EVERYTHING.

>> TELL ME ANYTHING ABOUT THOSE

RESOURCES.

I SAW THAT THERE WAS A PRESS

RELEASE THAT WENT OUT ABOUT

GETTING A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF

UNITS MASKS, GLOVES, HAND

SANITIZER WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO

KEEP THE OFFICERS SAFE.

>> FIRST THING WE DID WAS GO OUT

AND GET MORE PERSONNEL OFFICERS

ON THE STREET AND MAKE SURE

WE'RE AVAILABLE TO RESPOND TO

911 CALLS.

SO WITHIN THE LAST WEEK WE PUT

IN AN EXTRA 500 TO 600 POLICE

OFFICERS OUT ON THE STREET, IN

RADIO CARS, ASSISTING WITH

PATROL CARS, HANDLING THE JOBS.

EVERYONE WE'RE TURNING OUT RIGHT

NOW ON IT PATROL, GIVE THEM A

PACKAGE OF THE N95 MASKS,

SURGICAL MASKS, SOME GLOVES,

SOME HAND SANITIZER, WE WANT TO

MAKE SURE IF COPS ARE RESPONDING

TO JOBS THEY HAVE THE EQUIPMENT

THEY NEED TO MAKE SURE TO KEEP

THEM SELFSELVES SAFE.

AS A POLICE OFFICER IT'S

IMPOSSIBLE TO PRACTICE SOCIAL

DISTANCING ALL THE TIME.

WE TRY OUR BEST BUT POLICE WORK

IS A DANGER PROFESSION AND WE'RE

GOING TO ENGAGE PEOPLE, WHETHER

IT'S ARRESTING PEOPLE, WHETHER

IT'S JUST HANDLING DISPUTS,

RESPONDING TO JOBS, WE CAN'T

STAY HOME.

SO WE HAVE TO BE OUT THERE AND

WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO IN THE ACT

WITH PEOPLE.

WE WANT TO TRY TO KEEP OUR GUYS

AND WOMEN SAFE AS POSSIBLE.

>> I UNDERSTAND AND I'M SORRY TO

HEAR THAT YOU HAVE ALSO LOST A

COUPLE, SORRY, THREE MEMBERS OF

THE NYPD, IS THAT RIGHT?

>> WE'RE UP TO FIVE RIGHT NOW.

FOUR ON THE NON-UNIFORM SIDE.

AND ONE UNIFORM DETECTIVE FROM

THE 32nd SQUAD.

WE'VE LOST A CLEANER.

WE LOST A SCHOOL SAFETY AGENT.

AND WE LOST TWO ADMINISTRATIVE

AIDS.

THIS IS ALL SINCE JUST LAST

WEEK.

>> I'M SORRY TO HEAR THAT.

ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT BETWEEN

THIS HORRIBLE LOSS AND ALSO JUST

THE BROADER NUMBERS, EXCUSE ME,

OF PEOPLE WHO ARE SICK, ARE YOU

CONCERNED ABOUT HAVING ENOUGH

OFFICERS AVAILABLE IF PEOPLE

CONTINUE TO GET SICK, AS I'M

SURE THEY WILL.

>> RIGHT NOW WE'RE DOING FINE

TAKING CARE OF OUR MAIN MISSION,

WHICH IS DRIVING AROUND ON THE

STREETS OF THE CITY AND

ANSWERING RADIO RUNS, ANSWERING

PEOPLE'S CONCERNS.

THAT'S ADDITIONAL 500 THAT WE

PUT OUT, ADMINISTRATIVE

SERVICES, WE HAVE PEOPLE FROM

DETECTIVE BUREAU WHO NORMALLY

CONDUCT INVESTIGATIONS ARE NOW

BACK OUT ON THE STREET, DRIVING

AROUND.

AT THE TIME BEING WE'RE DOING

WELL WITH THE NUMBER OF OFFICERS

WE HAVE ON PATROL AND IF WE

LOOK, WE'RE DOWN, AROUND 25% IN

TOTAL RUNS WE HAVE TO RESPOND.

SO, AS WE'RE GETTING OFFICERS

SICK, LUCKILY SINCE THERE'S LESS

PEOPLE OUT AND LESS PEOPLE IN

THE CITY WE ARE RESPONDING TO

LESS JOBS.

>> I GUESS THAT'S A GOOD THING

TO BE ABLE TO HAVE, TO MANAGE

EVERYTHING.

I UNDERSTAND YOU ALSO HAVE A

TASK FORCE DEDICATED SOLELY TO

THE CORONAVIRUS.

CAN YOU TELL ME A LITTLE BIT

ABOUT THOSE DEDICATED OFFICERS.

>> THOSE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS

I TALKED ABOUT, WE PUT THEM OUT

THIS WEEK, THEIR JOB IS TO HELP

OUT ON PATROL.

WHEREVER THERE'S WEAKNESSES OR

ANY COMMAND MAY BE SHORT, THEY

CAN BE OUT THERE AVAILABLE TO

HAND IT.

THEY'RE ALSO GOING TO HANDLE ALL

OF THE CALLS WE'RE GETTING INTO

OUR 311 SYSTEM ABOUT SOCIAL

DISTANCING.

PEOPLE ARE CALLING UP, LOOKING

OUTSIDE AT PARKS AND RESTAURANTS

OR SUPERMARKET, WHERE LINES ARE

FORMING AND WE WANT TO GET OUR

COPS OUT THERE.

EXCUSE ME, TO HANDLE OUR SOCIAL

DISTANCING, BE ABLE TO TELL

PEOPLE, EDUCATE THEM, HOW

IMPORTANT IT IS FOR THEM TO STAY

APART.

HOW IT EFFECTS NOT ONLY THEIR

SAFETY BUT THE SAFETY OF PEOPLE

AROUND THEM AND THE SAFETY OF

OTHERS, QUITE FRANKLY, THE

SAFETY OF OUR POLICE OFFICERS

WHO HAVE TO INTERACT WITH THEM.

>> IF ANYONE'S JOINING US, I'M

HERE WITH CHIEF MONAHAN, LET'S

TALK ABOUT CRIME AT THIS PERIOD.

THERE'S FEWER PEOPLE ON THE

STREETS, THAT ALSO MEANS IT'S

MORE DESOLATE AT NIGHT.

ARE YOU CONCERNED OR SEEING A

RISE IN EITHER STREET CRIME,

INTERESTED IN CYBER CRIME AND

QUALITY OF LIFE CRIME.

>> WHEN LOOKING AT TOTAL CRIME

IT'S DOWN.

IT'S DOWN QUITE SUBSTANTIALLY IN

THE LAST WEEK DOWN 36% IN TOTAL

INDEX CLIMBS.

THAT INCLUDES A LOT OF IT IS

CYBER CRIME.

GRAND LARCENIES, FRAUD, WE'RE

NOT SEEING THAT LIKE WE HAVE IN

THE PAST.

THAT'S HAD A 55% DROP IN CRIME

OVER THE LAST WEEK.

ROBBERIES, STREET ROBBERIES,

THEY'RE DOWN DRAMATICALLY.

THE ONLY CRIME WE'RE SEEINGS IS

WHAT WE EXPECTED IS IN

BURGLARIES, THAT'S ACROSS THE

BOARD EVEN ABOUT WHERE IT WAS

LAST YEAR.

BUT WE'RE SEEING A BIT OF AN

UPTICK IN COMMERCIAL BURG LARRY.

A LOT -- BURGLARY.

A LOT OF STORES CLOSE AND PEOPLE

ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THAT SO

OUR MEN AND WOMEN ARE VISITING

THE SHOPS AT NIGHT TO TRY TO

PREVENT IT.

THAT'S THE ONE THAT CONCERNS US

THE MOST AT THIS TIME.

AND VIOLENCE WE HAVEN'T GOTTEN

RID OF VIOLENCE.

LOOKING AT THE NUMBER OF

SHOOTINGS ACROSS THE BOARD WE'RE

EVEN WHERE WE WERE LAST YEAR AND

WE HOPE TO SEE A DOWN TICK IN

THAT AND SOMETHING WE'RE GOING

TO KEEP ADDRESSING.

>> DO YOU HAVE ANY SWL WHETHER

BURG LARRYS ARE

BURGLARIES ARE GOING TO CONTINUE

TO RISE, STORES BOARDING UP, ARE

YOU CONCERNED ABOUT THAT MOVING

FORWARD.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

WE HAVEN'T SEEN A DOWN TURN SO

FAR SO WE'RE SENDING OUT TEAMS

LOOKING SPECIFICALLY AT NIGHT AT

THE PLACES THAT ARE CLOSED,

PEOPLE HAVEN'T BEEN IN IN A I

WHILE.

THERE'S A CHANCE WHEN STORES

REOPEN THEY MAY REALIZE THEY

WERE BURGLARIZED, THIS IS

SOMETHING WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT,

WE'RE NOT SEEING A HUGE INCREASE

BUT NOT A DECREASE AT THE SAME

TIME.

>> YOU SAID THERE'S A DECREASE

IN CYBER CRIME WHICH IS GREAT,

I'VE SEEN INSTANCES OF PEOPLE

REPORTING NEW SCAMS,

PARTICULARLY ASKING FOR MONEY,

IN REGARD TO CON EDISON, PEOPLE

SAYING THEY ARE THERE TO INSTALL

METERS, TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE

CIRCUMSTANCE AROUND THE VIRUS.

I ALSO KNOW TAX SEASON IS COMING

UP, PEOPLE ARE DOING MORE ONLINE

SHOPPING.

ARE THERE NEW SCAMS COMING

ACROSS YOUR DESK?

>> THESE ARE THE SAME SCAM

THAT'S WE'VE SEEN FOR A WHILE.

YOU KNOW, THE CON ED SCAM,

THREATENING PHONE CALL SAYING

THEY WILL SHUT YOUR ELECTRICITY

IF YOU DON'T WAY AND YOU GOT THE

IRS LOOKING FOR YOU, IF YOU

DON'T CALL SUCH AND SUCH A

NUMBER RIGHT AWAY YOU WILL BE

PENALIZED AND PUT IN PRISON.

THESE ARE TYPICAL SCAMS.

YOU CAN GO ON TO OUR WEBSITE

NYPD.ORG.

THERE'S A WHOLE LIST OF VICTIM

SCAMS YOU CAN LOOK AT TO MAKE

SURE YOU DON'T FALL VICTIM IT TO

IT.

ANY TIME SOMEONE ASKS YOU TO GET

A GIFT CARD OR SOME SORT OF CARD

TO PAY THEM OFF.

THAT'S A SCAM.

IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO BE

CAREFUL.

ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW, PEOPLE

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE

CIRCUMSTANCE.

>> RIGHT NOW.

>> THEY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF

SITUATIONS, SO WE WANT TO MAKE

SURE PEOPLE REMAIN SAFE AND

DON'T FALL VICTIM TO THESE

THINGS.

>> I DO WANT TO THE TALK A

LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE RELEASE OF

INMATES THAT'S ANOTHER STEP

BEING TAKEN TO HANDLE POSSIBLE

SPREAD OF THE VIRUS.

IS THAT RIGHT?

>> YEAH THAT'S BEING DONE

THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF

CORRECTIONS.

YOU KNOW, WE HAVE LEGITIMATE

CONCERNS OVER WHO IS BEING

RELEASED.

YOU KNOW.

RIKERS ISLAND POPULATION HAS

DWINDLED FROM 21,000 MANY YEARS

AGO DOWN TO UNDER 5,000 AND NOW

WE'RE RELEASING A LOT MORE.

MOST OF THE PEOPLE IN THERE ARE

IN THERE FOR SOME FAIRLY SERIOUS

INSTANCES, SO WE DO HAVE A

CONCERN, SO WE ARE BETTING THE

PEOPLE BEING RELEASED SO WE KNOW

WHAT WE MAY HAVE TO DEAL WITH IN

THE FUTURE.

>> WHAT CRITERIA ARE YOU USING

FOR VETTING PEOPLE AND USED TO

DETERMINE WHO GETS RELESRELEASE

>> THE DETERMINATION IS BEING

MADE THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF

CORRECTIONS, NOT BY THE NEW YORK

CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT.

WE JUST VOICE CONCERNS OVER

CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE

BEING RELEASED.

WE LOOK AT THEIR HISTORY.

WE LOOK AT HOW MANY TIMES

THEY'VE BEEN ARRESTED AND

CONVICTED.

WHAT WAS THE CRIME THAT THEY

COMMITTED THAT THEY ARE IN JAIL

FOR.

ARE THERE MULTIPLE CASES THAT

THEY'RE IN JAIL FOR.

NOT JUST ONE.

SO WE PUT THIS TOGETHER.

EVERYTHING.

AND WE WILL GIVE OUR

RECOMMENDATIONS AS TO WHY

SOMEONE SHOULD NOT BE RECEIVED

BUT ULTIMATELY AS THE DECISION

GOES TO THE DEPARTMENT OF

CORRECTIONS AND THE COURT

SYSTEM.

>> I WANT TO ASK YOU A LITTLE

BIT ABOUT THE HOMELESS

POPULATION IN NEW YORK CITY.

I THINK UNDERSTANDABLY SOME

PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO GO TO

SHELTERS BECAUSE OF THE SPREAD

OF THE VIRUS.

IS THERE ANY CHALLENGE ALONG

THOSE LINES FOR THE NYPD

MANAGING THE HOMELESS POPULATION

IN NEW YORK CITY, MAKING SURE

EVERYBODY'S SAFE.

>> WE'RE STILL GOING OUT AND

VISITING THE HOMELESS ON THE

STREETS, HAVEN'T STOPPED DOING

THAT, WE'RE OFFERING THEM

SERVICES TO GET THEM OFF THE

STREETS INTO SHELTERS BUT DON'T

FORCE THEM, IT'S THEIR CHOICE

WHERE THEY WANT TO BE.

AS FAR AS THE SHELTER SYSTEM,

THE COMMISSIONER OF THE

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELESS SERVICES

HAVE SET UP DIFFERENT LOCATIONS

FOR TESTING LOCATIONS FOR COVID

SO THEY CAN BE SEPARATED IF

THEY'RE POSITIVE.

ANY TIME YOU'RE IN A CLOSE

CIRCUMSTANCE AT A SHELTER IT

COULD BE DANGEROUS BUT STILL

IT'S BETTER THAN BEING ON THE

STREETS AT TIMES.

>> ARE PEOPLE CALLING 311.

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND NEW YORKERS

IN NEED TO CALL 311.

IS 311 SOMEWHAT OVERWHELMED

RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF THE CURRENT

SITUATION?

>> THERE'S A LOT OF CALLS COMING

INTO 311 BUT YES, I STILL

ENCOURAGE YOU TO MAKE THAT PHONE

CALL.

WE WILL GET THERE.

WE WILL RESPOND AND WE'LL SEE

WHAT WE CAN DO WITH THAT.

>> IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU

WANT NEW YORKERS TO KNOW DURING

THIS HEALTH CRISIS.

>> UNDERSTAND THE NYPD WILL BE

OUT THERE, WE'RE GOING TO BE

AWAY FROM OUR HOMES, WE CANNOT

SELF-ISOLATE.

WE CANNOT STAY AWAY.

WE'LL BE HERE.

WE'LL BE OUT ON THE STREETS

KEEPING YOU SAFE AND EVERYTHING

WE CAN DO TO KEEP OUR COPS SAFE

WE WILL DO.

WE JUST ASK THE PUBLIC PLEASE

STAY INSIDE.

LISTEN TO THE DIRECTIONS YOU'RE

GETTING FROM YOUR LEADERSHIP.

DON'T GATHER IN GROUPS.

WE WILL ALL GET THROUGH THIS

CRISIS IN TIME IF WE JUST DO

WHAT'S NECESSARY.

SO I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE FOR

THEIR SUPPORT IN MAKING SURE

THAT WE GET THROUGH THIS SAFELY.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.

SPEAKING WITH CHIEF MONAHAN,

CHIEF, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

STAY SAFE OUT THERE.

>> THANK YOU, MADDIE.

I APPRECIATE IT.

>> FOR THE LATEST NEWS ON THE

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND YOUR

COMMUNITY VISIT US AT

METROFOCUS.ORG FACEBOOK AND

TWITTER.

GOOD NIGHT AND STAY SAFE.

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