Trying to "Cement His Progressive Bona Fides" by Making NYC First in Nation to Open Supervised Injection Facilities
A leading opponent of creating “Supervised Injection Facilities” in New York City, today blasted Mayor de Blasio’s decision to move forward with opening four of them in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx. These centers allow addicts to legally shoot up heroin and other drugs.
Bob Capano, a 2017 Republican and Reform Party Brooklyn City Council Candidate stated, “This is exactly what we feared would happen. After being safely re-elected, the Mayor is moving forward with making New York City the first place in the nation to open these legal shoot up galleries to cement his progressive bona fides. 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. This is bad news for neighborhoods because drug dealers are true entrepreneurs; they will set up shop next to the closest subway station near these facilities to better serve their customers- the addicts.” Those using these facilities must bring their own drugs.
The Mayor said yesterday that after 6-12 months of discussions with the affected local communities, these sites will open in Gowanus, Brooklyn, Midtown West and Washington Heights in Manhattan, and Longwood in the Bronx.
In September, 2016, the City Council allocated $100,000 of taxpayer funds for a study on opening these facilities, but only released the results yesterday. Capano, who brought national attention to this study when he appeared on The Fox News Channel with Tucker Carlson in December of that year, believes the study results and this decision was put on hold until after the Mayoral election. He also attacked the administration for not providing any opportunities for public discussion and input.
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) December 3, 2016
There are about 100 Supervised Injection Facilities around the world, mainly in Europe and Canada, but none in the United States.