Angry New York City residents are denouncing a decision to shelter members of the city’s homeless population in luxury hotels without consulting with them.
Fox Nation host Lawrence Jones spoke to some residents about the move and shared his insights with host Sean Hannity Wednesday and the “Fox & Friends” co-hosts on Thursday, calling it a “lazy” move by Democratic leaders in the city which has seen a surge in crime and drug use.
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“We have been covering American cities in crisis,” Jones said on “Hannity” Wednesday, “and the cities happen to be run by Democratic mayors and New York City isn’t any different.”
Residents of New York City “are furious about individuals openly shooting up with drugs, with needles and place the blame squarely with the mayor, Bill de Blasio,” he reported.
Hundreds of homeless people are reportedly being temporarily housed at the Hotel Lucerne in New York’s trendy Upper West Side but locals are upset because they were never informed or consulted about the move.
“I’m a bit concerned,” one woman said as she spoke with Jones. “Especially as a woman at night, because I work at night. I come home late. And during the day, I saw one guy help another totally out-of-it guy across the street who must have been on drugs.”
“I’m kind of numb to the whole thing,” one man told Jones.
“The whole dynamics of the community have changed,” another woman said.
“Do you support them doing this to your community?” Jones asked.
“Not really,” she replied, recalling that, as someone who has lived on the Upper West Side for 20 years, she has “seen so many drug deals go down.”
“I don’t want those days to come back,” she told Jones.
“As you can see in the video, these local businesses had to hire private security to protect their patrons from the homeless people that are strung out on drugs,” Jones told Hannity. “The people wanted to make it very clear, they are not anti-getting homeless help. They wanted to be consulted and is the four-star hotel really the place to put them?”
“We not only saw [people] shooting up,” Jones added.
“We also saw them prepping their drugs right in this area as well [Midtown], and of course, when I talked to residents and said, ‘Why aren’t the police enforcing the laws that are on the book?’, they blame the mayor for the ‘defund the police’ message that he has, disbanding the anti-crime units,” he said.
“They say they feel like the officers that they used to see on a day-to-day basis feel like their hands are tied and they don’t want to lose their jobs or their livelihood,” Jones added.
He discussed his report again Thursday morning on “Fox & Friends,” noting that New York City is following in the footsteps of another Democratic-run city in California, San Francisco, which has been dealing with rampant homelessness.
He explained that the city attempted to “clean up” the Times Square area after a news report exposed the alarming open drug use on the streets, but that some of the “evidence” had been left behind.
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Jones noted that many who are being housed in the luxury hotel are “people with drug addictions that are shooting up outside of the hotel, they come out naked sometimes. They scare off their customers.”
He added that it is “kind of unacceptable” for the situation to devolve this way, as homeless drug addicts are encountered by park-goers and children.
“Totally unacceptable and we’ve to stop it,” Fox News co-host Brian Kilmeade remarked. “But no one cares enough to stop it.”
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