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GOP Leader Blasts City for Spending $100,000 to Allow Heroin Addicts to Legally Shoot Up

Brooklyn’s Bob Capano, a staunch supporter of the NYPD and the leading Republican City Council candidate for the 43rd district (Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst) race next year, today blasted the City Council allocation of $100,000 for a study on opening supervised injection facilities for heroin addicts.

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Capano, an adjunct Professor of Political Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice stated, “Rather than finding ways to allow people to legally shoot up in our neighborhoods, maybe the city should use these funds for more sensible purposes like hiring more caseworkers at the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to save children like 6-year old Zymere Perkins. These centers don’t solve the problems of drug addition, they merely condone the use of heroin in a ‘safe’ setting that is paid for by the taxpayers. That’s wrong and makes no sense. It is bad for the taxpayer, bad for law enforcement, and worse for addicts. Any funds spent on this issue should be focused on breaking the addicts’ dependency on drugs, not taking a step that basically decriminalizes the use of heroin. What neighborhoods will these facilities be placed in?”

The NYC Health Department was allocated $100,000 by the City Council for a study on “supervised injection facilities.” These type of centers do not exist anywhere in the country, but operate in Europe and Canada. They allow drug users a location to “safely” get high. Capano added, “Once again, we are seeing the mis-placed priorities of this City Council. We need some sanity and common sense at City Hall.”

In the recent death of battered Zymerer Perkins, many are pointing to the high caseload of ACS case workers for not being able to intervene to save the 6 year-old.

Capano was the District Director to former Republican Congressman Bob Turner (Brooklyn-Queens) and served as Director of Community Relations under former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (D).

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