“The View” hosts went back and forth over crime across the U.S. during Tuesday’s episode and Sunny Hostin argued that New York City is “one of the safest cities in the country.”
“New York is one of the safest cities in the country. It has a $5 billion budget,” Hostin said after arguing that the Republican plan to deal with crime was “fearmongering.”
Alyssa Farah Griffin asked if she felt safe in New York and added, “I don’t feel safe in New York.”
“You’re very young,” co-host Joy Behar said to Farah Griffin. “You know, I have been around, and there were worse crime rates in the ’80s and the ’70s.”
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Behar added that she was afraid to leave her house and Farah Griffin said, “we shouldn’t settle for that.”
“I’m not settling for it, but don’t exaggerate the situation,” Behar said.
Sara Haines said Farah Griffin was making some “good points.”
“My perception tends to rule the day on crime, and I’ve said over and over right now, for the first time in New York City, last couple of years, I have felt less safe than I have before that, but then you look at statistics, and for me statistics is what rules the day, that’s how I operate. Right now there is an issue with our statistics which is why our 2021/2022 rates are off nationwide because the FBI changed how to register the crimes, how to book them, how to process them,” she said.
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Hostin said that New York might be underreporting crimes in order to keep their budget.
“New York is probably not reporting all of their crime statistics because they want to keep that $5 billion budget. Why not divert some of those funds then to mental health, to homelessness?” she said.
The hosts discussed the debate between New York’s Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul and her Republican challenger, Congressman Lee Zeldin, which focused a lot on crime in the Empire State.
“We need to make our streets safe again. I’m running to take back our streets, and to support, unapologetically, our men and women in law enforcement,” Zeldin said during the debate in response to a question about crime policy.
Hochul said Zeldin was trying to make New Yorkers “scared” with regard to crime and argued her policies were “making a difference.”