What is going to it take for town to lastly deal with the clear hazard posed by severely mentally ill walking city streets and haunting the subway?
An unhinged man tossed a girl onto the tracks at Times Square final Friday. Fortunately, she managed to get out in time — and police have been capable of rapidly take Joshua Diaz into custody because the suspected shover.
He has a protracted and troubled historical past, arrested most not too long ago for allegedly breaking into and sitting within the vehicles of strangers in Queens final month, on high of collars for housebreaking, assault and resisting arrest.
The lengthy listing of subway assaults — from the 64-year-old man shoved onto the tracks at Union Sq. in February, all the way in which again to the Kendra Webdale tragedy again in 1999 — is frightening. The perp is sort of at all times an unstable individual with a historical past of weird, ever-escalating behaviors.
However Mayor Invoice de Blasio and metropolis officers proceed to show a blind eye to the issue. Requested concerning the newest incident and the way he deliberate to handle town’s mentally unwell homeless downside, de Blasio droned about the supposed success of the ThriveNYC program — which in actual fact is falling in need of assembly its service-provision objectives.
“I need to encourage anybody, if there’s somebody in your life with an issue . . . name 1-888-NYC-WELL so we are able to get the assistance that you simply want,” the mayor stated. Both nobody known as the hotline about Friday’s subway shover or Thrive failed once more.
An actual response includes ordering most use of Kendra’s Regulation — handed after Webdale’s killing — to get these individuals taking the drugs they want or to maintain them off the streets.
Cease endangering the lives of odd New Yorkers, Mr. Mayor.