A few months ago Austin Shafran filed the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club questionnaire in which he was asked Do you support reducing the budget of the NYPD and if so, by how much?
This was his response:"Yes, the reduction should be reflective of other agencies cuts and a reassessment of what resources are needed to support a new NYPD structure after the removal of many of its current responsibilities."
At a candidates forum on May 13th he was asked "Do you support reducing the NYPD budget?" To which he responded "No." This contradicts the questionnaire and at every other forum he has stated the same thing.
The fact that he is endorsed by the Working Families Party who is all for defunding the police shows that we have two sides to Austin, the one who with certain unions and groups makes them believe he is a leftist and the one In Public who makes the public believe that he is on the right side of the issues. Also you will also see WFP made some derogatory comments on twitter about the district and tagged Austin, who did denounce the comments and the tweet was liked by the Hotel Trades as well.