Former Dem NY governor warns his own party about consequences; admits he’s never felt more unsafe

Former Democratic New York Governor David Paterson said he has never felt as unsafe in his home state than he does today.

On Sunday’s edition of the radio show “The Cat’s Roundtable,” Paterson advised Democrats to get tough on crime or face a “monsoon” in the upcoming November midterms. He described the issue of rampant crime as a “blind spot” for Democrats as they seek to convince voters that giving them power is a good idea.

Paterson said he felt safer in New York during the ’80s and ’90s.

“For the first time in my life—even in the late eighties and nineties when the crime rate was killing 2,000 people a year, I never felt as unsafe as I do now just walking around and God forbid, sometimes we take the subway home from WABC, and you’re hearing about an assault on the subway almost every other day,” the former governor said.

Paterson criticized New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) for his recent suggestion that New York has a “brand.”

“Mayor Adams says that New York City has a brand — it does have a brand if we don’t start adjusting to some of the situations that we’re in right now,” he said.

For his part, Adams has in the past blamed the prevalent crime in his city on liberal prosecutors who flippantly put criminals back on the streets in short order.

“Here’s the real problem: We arrest John on Monday for grand larceny. He’s out on Tuesday, and he’s on it again on Wednesday,” the former NYPD captain told MSNBC’s Lester Holt in July, though it’s obvious none of that has changed.

Highlighting the 2021 Democratic Party losses in Nassau County, Paterson said history could repeat itself in the coming electoral “monsoon.”

“That could happen again unless some of these people who have not been speaking out start doing it,” he said. “I don’t want to be the one in November to say, ‘I told you so.’”

“People start to think that power lasts forever, and people can start to think that they are immune from any kind of repercussions,” Paterson warned his fellow Democrats.

In a separate interview with the New York Post, Paterson reiterated the same.

“I never felt as unsafe as I do now just walking around,” he said Sunday, though he declined to go too harshly on Mayor Adams, giving him a “B+” on his handling of crime.

“Mayor Adams is doing as well as can be expected at this particular time,” Paterson said. “He’s talking about getting Albany more involved. He deserves more time to get his arm around the problem.”

If the first part of that sentence is true, then what does a bad job look like? And how much time do New Yorkers have?

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