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Curtis Silwa Joins Bob Capano in Calling for Release of City Funded Study of “Intravenous Injection Centers”

City Hall is Stalling to Protect Mayor's Reelection Bid

Bob Capano, a staunch supporter of the NYPD and the leading Republican and Reform Party candidate for the 43rd City Council District (Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach) announced today that Guardian Angels Founder Curtis Sliwa has joined his call on Melisssa Mark Viverito and the City Council to provide the status of a long overdue $100,000 taxpayer funded study. Capano called the delay, “a stall tactic so that the voters don’t catch wind of this crazy plan before the election.”

In September, 2016 the New York City Council announced that the city would allocate $100,000 in taxpayer funds for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to conduct a 6 month study on the feasibility of opening “Supervised Injection Facilities” in New York City. These centers allow addicts to inject illicit drugs like heroin under medical supervision with sterile syringes in a safe and clean setting, while the taxpayers of New York pay for it.

To date, the de Blasio administration has refused to comment on the status of the study, and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito’s office has not returned calls from Capano seeking an update.

Curtis Sliwa said, “In the 1990’s I and the Guardian Angels, while patrolling the East End of Vancouver British Columbia came across the new supervised injection facilities that were opening for the first time in that city. Vancouver then and now has a serious heroin problem. The first result of the injection facilities opening up is that there were more heroin junkies coming in from other parts of Canada to take advantage of Vancouver leading the way. This swelled up their already large heroin using population. The other problem is that you had to first buy your heroin in the streets from street dealers and then use that for your fix in the injection facilities. With the increase in junkies coming into the east end of Vancouver, with that it brought an increase in dealers. The purpose given was that this would create harm reduction for the junkies. It would slow the spread of HIV and hepatitis C. The only result I saw was that it attracted more junkies into the neighborhoods with injection facilities and more heroin dealers.

“Based on the experience of Vancouver British Columbia, why would we open up injection facilities in New York City where we already have a growing problem of use of heroin when in fact it would attract more junkies into the neighborhoods with the sites and more dealers. This study and plan is doomed to failure.”

City Council candidate Bob Capano said, “I want to thank Curtis Sliwa for joining my call on City Hall to stop the stalling and release this study immediately. New York City voters deserve to know the status of this study; where is it and when will it be released? It’s been almost a year since the City Council allocated the funding for the study. One has to wonder if the delay in its release is merely a stall tactic so that the voters don’t catch wind of this crazy plan before the election.

“Drug dealers are true entrepreneurs; they’ll relocate close to a Supervised Injection Facility to better serve their customer; the addict. If one were to open close to 86th Street in Bay Ridge common sense tells you that there will be dealers setting up shop between the subway entrance and the facility.

“Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Viverito are 2 peas in a liberal pod. So it will be no surprise if the study is held back until after the November elections to avoid it becoming an issue in the race for mayor. The voters have a right to know the status of this plan and if complete, the recommendations. We have a big enough drug problems as it is, we don’t need taxpayer funded Injection Facilities appearing in our neighborhoods.

“Any funds spent on this issue should be used to break the cycle of the addict’s dependency on drugs, not by taking an action that condones heroin use. These people need help, hope, and rehab. We are not helping them by sentencing them to a life of addiction.

“Already this year, the Democrat controlled City Council, has allocated $27 million in tax dollars to pay the legal fees used to block the deportation of illegal aliens who are felons being held on Rikers Island. Now they’ve come up with an ill conceived plan to create a legal shooting gallery for heroin addicts; undermining law enforcement and putting neighborhoods at risk. We can’t turn New York City into a Sanctuary City for heroin addicts. This foolishness needs to stop and that’s why I’m running for the City Council.”

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