Last week, the Mayor and Police Commissioner announced that crime in NYC hit record lows in 2016, making it the safest year on record…the FDNYimproved its response time to fires and other life-threatening emergencies, and fewer people died in fires last year than in a century… School District 30 in Queens will launch NYC’s Child Savings Account initiative in the fall, helping thousands of public school children save for college… IDNYC will remain freein 2017.
NYC Health + Hospitals remains committed to its mission to serve all New Yorkers, without exception, and regardless of immigration status…the NYC Commission on Human Rights continues to address concerns from vulnerable communities about bias-based incidents focused on discriminatory harassment…DCA issued a warning to New Yorkers about tax refund delays and predatory tax preparer tactics…and the Department of Small Business Services announced the opening of the application for a mentorship program geared towards minority and women business entrepreneurs (M/WBEs).
#GetCoveredNYC: We’re calling on all New Yorkers who don’t have health insurance to sign up for the Affordable Care Act before the enrollment period ends on January 31, 2017. New Yorkers can connect with free in-person GetCoveredNYC enrollment assistance near them through calling 311 or texting CoveredNYC to 877-877
Crime Reaches Record Lows in 2016: As crime goes up in many large cities, NYC continues to be the safest big city in America. New York is leading the nation in crime prevention with a proven combination of: precision policing (targeting enforcement at the small number of bad actors); neighborhood policing (bringing cops and communities together); and community involvement. This deep partnership between police and community is the future of policing. In 2016, we saw:
· Fewest-ever major crimes (serious crimes of violence and theft): Down 4.1% from 2015.
· Fewest-ever shootings: Below 1,000 for the first time – down 2.3% from 2015.
· Fewest-ever robberies: Down 8.7% from 2015.
· Fewest-ever burglaries: Down 14.6% from 2015.
· Murders down 4.8% from 2015: There were 335 murders.
· NYPD strength up: Force up by 2,000 officers – biggest increase in fifteen years.
· Neighborhood policing: Now in more than half of all precincts and public housing commands. Officers walk the beat, give their emails and phone numbers to the community. Residents and officers work together to prevent crimes before they occur.
· Stop and Frisk plummets: Down 93% since Mayor de Blasio took office.
Fewest Fire Deaths in 2016: Mayor de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Nigro announced that 48 people died in fires last year – the fewest fire deaths ever recorded in any calendar year dating back to 1916. The city also saw a 9 percent decline in serious fires in 2016, the largest annual decrease since 2008. The Mayor and Fire Commissioner also announced that response times to fires and life-threatening medical emergencies also improved last year – dropping 5 seconds for fires and 21 seconds for medical calls. The Mayor and Commissioner also announced early completion of the nation’s largest smoke alarm giveaway/installation program – GetAlarmedNYC – with more than 100,000 combination smoke/carbon monoxide detectors distributed in 2016 to tens of thousands of New Yorkers. The $4 million citywide program was announced in October of 2015, and projected to take two years to complete but has reached and exceeded its goal with more than 113,000 alarms distributed as of last month.