Rises in Violence Endangers Quality of Life
YONKERS, WESTCHESTER – Mike Khader, Esq., a local attorney, homeowner, and candidate for Yonkers City Council President Yesterday called on the City Council President to fund more Police Officers. Last month, the City Council restored the elimination of vacant positions in the Police Department, yet staffing remains inadequate. With violent and gang related crime on the rise, Khader believes more must be done.
“That the leadership in the City Council was considering eliminating vacant positions in our Yonkers Police Department is unconscionable. Police staffing should never be politicized. Westchester is seeing an increase in burglaries and larcenies, and violent crime is on the rise. Yonkers has seen an increase in murders largely attributed to gang violence. Our residents – especially seniors – should not be scared to walk out of their homes during the day. Parents shouldn’t be nervous when their children want to play in our parks. This is totally unacceptable, and we must act now to prevent this disturbing violence from spreading in our city,” said Khader.
“I call on the City Council to increase funding to the Yonkers Police Department to have more officers patrolling our community and keeping us safe. Yonkers is a great place to live and raise a family, and people in every neighborhood deserve a certain quality of life. Filling vacant positions is not enough, it’s time we add to the police department so we increase our community policing and community engagement efforts,” Khader concluded.
Khader’s call to fund more officers and putting more of them on patrol beats comes after the state Division of Criminal Justice Services released their 2016 statistics. Their reporting showed that major crimes in New York hit an all-time low in 2016 and fell 20 percent in the past decade. However, murders and gang related crime in Yonkers have contributed to a rise in Westchester’s crime rates.