Cops are writing fewer "quality of life" summonses because New Yorkers are simply "behaving better," Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday, pooh-poohing fears the decline could be a turning point back to sky-high 1980s crime rates.
"Some days, you can't win for losing. We brought crime down, which means fewer summonses," the mayor said. "The bottom line is, crime is down in all these categories. There's better enforcement."
"And people are behaving better."
[Pardon this interruption, but HA HA HA HA HA HA! I guess the shrinking police force has nothing to do with this.]
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Bloomberg also said he wasn't worried about fine revenue lost because cops are writing fewer tickets. He said the losses amount to "maybe a couple million dollars."
A Post analysis put the actual losses at around $30 million; excluding parking tickets, the loss is around $10 million.
Oh, and if people are better behaved, then why are they lighting up inside bars and restaurants, something which has been illegal since the middle of Bloomberg's first term?