Between homelessness, classroom disorder and rising crime, it might seem like there is plenty for the City Council to do. But instead of dealing with such humdrum matters, the council’s tackling the threat of nuclear war — by reaffirming New York’s status as a nuclear weapons-free zone, and setting up a commission to oversee compliance with that directive.
A hearing this week took on nuclear disarmament directly. Danny Dromm sponsored legislation to create an “advisory committee to examine nuclear disarmament and issues related to recognizing and reaffirming New York City as a nuclear-weapons-free zone.” This, in a city that has zero nuclear weapons — or even military bases.
Many New Yorkers may not know, but will surely be relieved to learn, that the city has banned the “production, transport, storage, placement or deployment of nuclear weapons” since the passage of a resolution in April 1983, at the height of the Reagan-era “No Nukes” movement.
The hearing quickly ran into difficulty when Commissioner Penny Abeywardena, though agreeing with the peacenik principle, insisted that the responsibility didn’t fall under the ambit of her office, which is focused on relations with the United Nations — mostly, public relations and handling parking-ticket complaints from scofflaw consulates.
“The presence of nuclear weapons in New York City,” she clarified, “is not an international issue.” Moreover, since the deployment and use of nuclear weapons is a federal matter, “cities do not have jurisdiction or involvement in this decision-making process.”
Look out Kim Jong Un!
Not a good look Danny. Stick to redoing my local parks.
And they think Nike is a sneaker company !
Unfortunately, NYC has become a nuclear bomb. Keep it out of our cities.
It's called "the Manhattan Project" for a reason. Without nukes, how will we defend ourselves from Albany and DC?
such bollocks, esp. when we have a reserve of warheads upstate
Danny please, focus on the little picture! Keep bringing the street cleanup crews to Roosevelt Ave (ACE or whatever-the guys in blue uniforms). Keeping the streets cleanER (it’s an ongoing battle) is very encouraging to residents. Keep cracking down on drugs and Rvelt Ave sex trafficking and Se Renta Cuarta scams- these are the issues that directly impact your constituents. We need help for the homeless and severely mentally ill ppl who live on the E train and in the 74th St subway station. We need safe shelters, safe and uncrowded schools with actual curricula, sidewalks that are not glistening with used condoms, overpasses that do not have gang tags graffitied over them.... Is nuclear weaponry really this neighborhood’s biggest concern?!
Could be true, "warheads upstate." Years ago I served in the Air Force. We had more than a hundred nuclear tipped Bomark Rockets just sitting in silos around Niagra Falls, ready to go. Also a bomb dump with nuclear bombs ready to be uploaded. Probably no longer there. I wonder where they went?
Actually (For Real) Nukes were stored at Fort Tilden in the Breezy Point Area , and Ridgewood is an absolute radioactive mess due to Manhattan Project activity...
Nuke Danny Dromm!
Old hag is right.
Daniel Dromm should be more concerned about the extraordinary amount of pigeon shit that litters the sidewalk near 74st. station -- and the other everyday quality of life issues that affects the lives of his constituents -- instead of wasting time on an issue that only the federal government has the last say over.
Missile silos, pipes and container tanks in the ground off City Island. Across the water near the boat slip where the Rikers inmates go to dig the graves.
I'm sure this will work just as well as 'gun free zones' do.
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