ELMHURST, New York: Mayoral Candidate Curtis Sliwa will hold a press conference at the entrance of Rikers Island at 2 PM today denouncing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and three other NY House Democrats’ call to Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Hochul to release all inmates held on Rikers Island.
In addition to freeing the roughly 6,000 inmates on the island, the four lawmakers say the jail should be “immediately” shuttered and federal funding for its operations seized.
“That is All Out Crazy,” said Sliwa. “The defund the police and decarcerate the prisons crew are on their way to achieving their ultimate goal. No Police. No Prisons.”
Instead of closing Rikers, Sliwa calls for
1.) hiring 2000 more Correctional Officers,
2.) rehab Rikers and keep it open, and
3.) transfer emotionally disturbed inmates to mental health care prisons.