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De Blasio should personally pay for extra NYPD Security Costs for Columbus Statue

City Council Candidate Bob Capano Says Mayor's Statue Review Commission Cause of Vandalism

Bob Capano, a staunch supporter of the NYPD and Reform Party candidate in Brooklyn’s 43rd City Council District (Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach) called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to personally pay for the extra costs associated with the NYPD now providing 24/7 security for the Christopher Columbus statue located in Columbus Circle.

City Council candidate Bob Capano said, “Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ill conceived plan to create a statue review commission that will decide on the political correctness of statues of individuals on city property throughout the 5 boroughs has caused people to feel justified in vandalizing statues like Christopher Columbus. Now, as we approach Columbus Day, the NYPD must provide 24/7 protection at Columbus Circle; since it is the Mayor who caused this fiasco, he should pay for these additional costs. It is unfortunate that any NYPD resources have to be diverted to protecting Columbus, especially considering we are always a terror target. The Mayor should do the right thing and pay for this security or better yet, just disband his statue review commission, which is just political correctness on steroids.”

Capano, who is a businessman and educator, added, “This is not Afghanistan, and New Yorkers are not the Taliban. We don’t burn books and tear down statues that we don’t like.
Perhaps Bill de Blasio and Melissa Mark Viverito should focus on real issues: fixing schools that don’t educate, a failing subway system or the homeless crisis.”

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