Poverty and Progress in New York II: Crime, Welfare Enrollment, and Economic Conditions Six Months into the de Blasio Administration
by Stephen Eide
September 04, 2014
Six months into the de Blasio administration, many categories of crime are down, but shootings are up 8 percent. It is unknown whether the latter indicates a temporary aberration—or is a sign that New York City’s decades-long crime decline has plateaued or reversed course. In all the precincts driving the increase in shootings, the usage of “stop, question, and frisk” is down dramatically, by as much as 99 percent on a year-over-year basis. The police department has been able, in past years, to drive crime down while also relying less on this tactic. However, the possibility of a correlation between fewer stops and more crime merits close scrutiny; the recent drop in stops—from the last year of the Bloomberg administration and the first year of the de Blasio administration—is much more dramatic than previous years’ declines.