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NYC Comptroller Wants NYPD Security Detail Despite Trying To Slash PD Budget By $1 Billion

New York, NY – New York City’s incoming comptroller will have his own New York Police Department (NYPD) personal security detail, despite his push to defund the city’s police force by $1 billion.

Incoming New York City Comptroller Brad Lander was a Brooklyn Democratic councilman when he penned an open letter to his constituents in June of 2020, assuring them of his “commitment” to “fighting for $1 billion in cuts to the NYPD.”

Lander called on his fellow city councilmembers to “pass legislation curtailing the NYPD’s unchecked powers,” and urged them to “defund the NYPD,” according to the open letter.

He boasted that he has been “working on police reform for much of the past decade,” often with the partnership of Jumaane Williams, an anti-police racial justice advocate currently running for New York governor.

Williams, who served on the New York City Council prior to being elected as the city’s public advocate in 2019, is constantly flanked by a New York police security detail and resides in a heavily-guarded community on a military base.

“The time has come for bolder action. It is time to defund the police and reimagine our public safety infrastructure,” Lander declared in his open letter. “I won’t vote for a budget that does not include deep and significant cuts.”

He also praised the Minneapolis City Council, which voted to abolish its police department altogether in the wake of the in-custody death of George Floyd, the New York Post reported.

When the New York city council passed its annual spending bill this past June, Lander complained about the bump in the NYPD’s funding.

He said he was “disturbed that this agreement increases the NYPD budget by nearly $200 million and increases headcount at both NYPD and the DOC,” and lamented that New York City “already has more police officers per capita than nearly every large American city,” the New York Post reported.

Those funds should have gone to mental health services and housing, Lander declared.

Despite his anti-police agenda, Lander plans to take full advantage of his personal NYPD detail as the city’s incoming comptroller, the New York Post reported.

His spokesperson, Naomi Dann, argued that the detail doesn’t impact the NYPD’s budget or the number of officers because they were already established and assigned to protection detail duties prior to him taking office.

“As he steps into citywide office, Brad is grateful to the city workers who keep the Comptroller’s office and City government running, including the officers assigned to his security by the NYPD,” Dann told the New York Post.

“There’s no contradiction between believing that some of our public safety dollars would be better spent on supportive housing, mental health services, and restorative justice programs — and following longstanding NYPD protocol regarding safety for elected officials,” she added.

An NYPD source with more than 20 years of service called Lander a hypocrite and blasted him for accepting the NYPD security detail, the New York Post reported.

“Crime is at an all-time high and now you’re going to give him 12 to 14 cops?” the source asked. “You’ve gotta give them vacation, sick time. All that for this guy, who nobody really knows. Would anyone know him if he was walking down the street?”

“He’s the guy who hates the cops,” the NYPD source told the New York Post. “If you don’t like cops, don’t use them.”

In addition to his anti-police agenda, Lander has crusaded against reckless drivers and was responsible for proposing the “Reckless Driver Accountability Act,” according to the paper.

But he also racked up a total of 118 traffic and vehicle violations between 2013 and April of this year, including being caught speeding in school zones eight times in the past five years alone, the New York Post reported.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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