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  • Ray Kelly: NYC's Return Is Just "Happy Talk"

    As discussed here many times, the NY Democrats, thanks to Nutsy and Stupid (and others), have drove the once-great NYC into the ground, and their present-day excuses (including, "It's Trump's Fault...") and, as Kelly calls it, "happy talk" about the city's future doesn't wash anymore. The handwriting is clearly on the wall, and young (and not-so-young) people presently on the job had better heed it.

    DeBlasio's throwing a "concert" and a "parade" as some type peace offering as he squirms out the door of City Hall was, and will be, just a distraction from the ENORMOUS problems...both financial and social...facing the city today.

    Interestingly, Kelly, in this article, doesn't mention the massive financial damage the Democrats did, even before the "pandemic" hit, something he had experience with from the 1975 Democrat fiscal debacle. But the issues he raises here are real "coffin nails" for the city, from subway crime, lack of business, and, of course, the real threat of Terrorism hitting the city once again, thanks to the ineptitude and personal stupidity of Democrat Biden, all being downplayed by the Democrats hiding behind Phony Fauci and his virus Fear Factors.

    (Note to Ray: don't expect "the next mayor" to do ANYTHING positive to or for the city. The only thing that Eric Adams is really talking about is him going down the Florida to convince the white, taxpaying, citizens who USED to live in NYC to return, so the city and state can tax the crap out of them. Fat Chance on that....!):


    Metro
    Former NYPD boss Ray Kelly skeptical of NYC’s post-pandemic recovery

    ByDavid Meyer
    September 12, 2021 5:40pm




    Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly isn’t buying the “happy talk” about New York City’s post-pandemic future.

    Speaking on Sunday on WABC Radio’s “The Cats Roundtable,” the former two-time NYPD boss said the city’s recovery is still a work in progress.

    “You see all of these small stores and businesses that still remain closed. Many of them you know will never reopen. I hope New York comes back and comes back soon,” Kelly told host John Catsimatidis. “I don’t see the indicators of that. There’s a lot of happy talk that says it’s coming back, but I think we have a long way to go.”

    Kelly pointed to subway safety as a key deterrent to getting the city back in swing. The subways saw 2.19 felonies per million riders in August, according to NYPD and MTA data, significantly more than the 1.47 per million rider crime rate for all of 2019.

    “People are still very concerned about riding in the subways. Bad things can happen to you on the subway,” Kelly said. “So, what are [people] doing? They’re staying above ground. They’re taking cars if they can. And they’re working from home.”

    He also called on the next mayor to “create a corps of professionals” to help the city’s homeless population.

    “Most of them have mental problems. These have to be addressed head-on,” Kelly said of vagrants. “I think you do it with more professional personnel who can talk to them, interview them and refer them [to treatment] if need be.”


    Kelly, who served as NYPD commissioner under Mayor David Dinkins from 1992 to 1994 and Mayor Michael Bloomberg from 2002 to 2013, also remembered watching the Twin Towers come down from his office at Bear Sterns in Midtown on 9/11.

    He bemoaned President Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, which he said he believed had made Americans less safe.

    “We could’ve had a small cadre there and provide some stability to that country. Now we don’t know. We are rolling the dice,” Kelly said. “We’ve become more of a target as a result of terrorists and radical Islamists who are taking over Afghanistan.”



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    Daily Subway and railroad ridership will never go back to what it was pre-covid. Maybe they'll get 60-70% back with a hybrid work schedule.

    Then there will be a terrorist attack in the subway or on the streets and once again workers and companies will feel that avoiding the subway and city is something they have to do to be safe. Instead of a germ it will be a terrorist explosive or chemical attack that motivates them to get out of Manhattan and off the subway.

    NYC needs to embrace work from home and clean up Midtown so many of those office bldgs can be turned into residential housing for ppl who earn a lot and send a lot of taxes to the City Hall across the street from the Brooklyn Bridge instead of the City Hall in Ft. Lauderdale.
    Alas, they were Democrats, so they cheated.

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    • #3
      NYC needs to embrace work from home and clean up Midtown so many of those office bldgs can be turned into residential housing for ppl who earn a lot and send a lot of taxes to the City Hall across the street from the Brooklyn Bridge instead of the City Hall in Ft. Lauderdale.
      Who's going to live in that "residential housing" (except the homeless...at taxpayer expense) if everyone is working from home and/or companies are moving out of NYC?

      The whole "system" of NYC is based on a very fined-tuned operation: workers come to NYC to work; buildings are built to accommodate those workers; people need safe and dependable transportation to get to those jobs; businesses open near those businesses to make money by selling their goods and services and provide entertainment to the workers and residents.

      Take just one of those out of the mix and the whole house of cards collapses. And the #1 thing taken out of the equation is that no one is coming to work.

      And, as it is, no one wants to live in Manhattan anymore anyway....

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      • #4
        Phuck Popeye. A tool. What does he know that we do not? Nothing.
        ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL. THEN GOD CREATED DESTROYER SAILORS.

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        • #5
          Wealthy ppl like living in NYC for Bway, Museums, Food, and so many other things. There's an opportunity to make a good chunk of Midtown upscale residential but it will require the political will to make that happen.

          Is that political will there? No. Will it get there in time to save that valuable patch of real estate and get it back on the tax rolls? My guess is not even a chance until Midtown hits rock bottom in 10 yrs or so (yea, it can and will get worse)

          They eventually turned around the parts of the Bronx and Bklyn that fell apart in the 70's and 80's. The path to rock bottom isnt pretty but yada yada yada Rise From The Ashes and all that good stuf.....
          Alas, they were Democrats, so they cheated.

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          • #6
            Wealthy ppl like living in NYC for Bway, Museums, Food,
            Most of which are closed right now, and have been for well over a year, with only a hint that they will open to their full capacity anytime in the future. And those which are "open" have restrictions (such as, in the case of Broadway, wearing a mask for the entire 2 hours of a show, vaxxed or not).

            Oh, and let's not forget the blood flowing down the streets of Times Square.

            Indeed, deBlasio has instituted a restaurant "passport" policy to "allow" customers into eating establishments, forcing them to turn away customers (just going into a Greeks to get a coffee and bagel to go requires "proof of vaccination," which will put those food trucks in a good position to pick up the slack); Biden is punishing companies with "100 or more employees" if they're not all vaccinated; Biden is also proposing a massive increase in corporate and personal taxation on the Federal level, forcing those involved in that to seek out low- or no-income tax states (like Florida) to offset those increases; that will be compounded by a massive increase in NY taxes which will be unavoidable. Wealthy people didn't become wealthy by spending their money needlessly.

            Added to all this is the welcoming, with open arms, the illegal immigrants coming to NYC by NY Democrats, which will, no doubt, add to the taxpayer-funded homeless problem, a problem already beyond repair, with a domino effect on the already-seriously troubled subway system.....

            https://lawenforcementrant.vbulletin...cover-of-night


            And whose on deck to correct all these problems? Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa, not to mention that Cuomo clone, Kathy Hochul (who has been told, no doubt, to "go with the Leftist flow" if she wants to get elected in her own right).

            In 1975, there was a professional accountant, Abe Beame, who was mayor at the time, after being the city's Comptroller for eight years prior, and the city's finances still collapsed. What chance does NY have today?

            As I've said many times before, the 1975 financial collapse of NYC took place while there was...and despite...a steady flow of tax income for the city, in the form of sales, property, and income taxes, and a stock transfer tax on every sale of stock sold. Broadway, Museums, and restaurants were in full swing, bringing in taxable income.

            Today, there is practically none of that coming in, and for as long as well over one year, to boot.

            And let's not forget the collapse of the NYC school system during all this.

            How are all of NYC's problems going to be solved...and government employees salaries going to be paid...with that in mind?






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            • #7
              Phuck Popeye. A tool. What does he know that we do not? Nothing.
              Bad-mouthing the messenger, especially when he's telling an obvious truth, brings nothing worthwhile to the conversation or any possible solution.

              "We" may know the truth, but no one, certainly in the media or the Democrat Party, are talking about it, or are denying it altogether. NYC will become nothing more than a pig sty, allowing the "least common denominator" of resident to wallow in the mud caused by Democrat politicians, feeding at the trough of the ever-dwindling number of NY taxpayers.

              Kelly is one of the few, if not the first one of any background, to lay NYC's future cards on the table. And he should be heeded accordingly for that.

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              • #8
                Most of which are closed right now, and have been for well over a year, with only a hint that they will open to their full capacity anytime in the future. And those which are "open" have restrictions (such as, in the case of Broadway, wearing a mask for the entire 2 hours of a show, vaxxed or not).
                All of which can be fixed if there is the political will to do so.

                End the mask mandates and the covid fear mongering. They are literally the Death Knell for the urban environment and a great real estate sales pitch for the less populated suburbs and semi-rural and rural areas. Can the libbies do that? Not yet.

                Support the cops so Midtown is not an open-air insane asylum and homeless shelter. Can the libbies do that? Not yet. Maybe not ever.

                There ARE solutions. Giuliani showed what the cops can do if supported. Problem is those solutions are needed now but we are likely at least 10 yrs away from NYC voters realizing that who they're voting for is not working.

                Meanwhile Red States and counties are gaining population as more and more blue staters are moving on with their lives and not waiting for the foolish voters in NY, NJ, CA, etc to get their heads out of their asses.

                Alas, they were Democrats, so they cheated.

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                • #9
                  Oh, and let's not forget the blood flowing down the streets of Times Square.
                  the illegal immigrants coming to NYC by NY Democrats, which will, no doubt, add to the taxpayer-funded homeless problem, a problem already beyond repair,
                  Manhattan, NY
                  09/13/2021 11:27:00 (11:27 local time)
                  Strong Arm Robbery. W 44th St & 8th Ave, Level 1 called for a attempted strong arm robbery, seeking a m/b with no shirt. .

                  There ARE solutions. Giuliani showed what the cops can do if supported.
                  That was over 20 years ago, and as long as Blacks are the main voting bloc of NY Democrats, and Black perps are "victims" of those arrests today, there will be no arrests...or support of the "racist" cops.


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                  • #10
                    Hey, Prosay is saying we should listen to Popeye. Don't think so.
                    ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL. THEN GOD CREATED DESTROYER SAILORS.

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                    • #11
                      thank God I live on...

                      Lawn Guyland...

                      where this won't effect me...

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                      • #12
                        Those, whose past ideas and performances were successful for their time are just that, ancient history, and cannot be applied to the current scenario. Nothing is going to bring back a vibrant NYC and it is the future Detroit.

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