In your Dec. 5 editorial, “Bloomberg’s greatest achievement is in fighting crime,” you correctly credit Mayor Bloomberg with reducing violent crime. The problem with your editorial is you give scarcely any credit to the man primarily responsible for reducing violent crime and making New York City safe, Mayor Giuliani.
In 1989, the year before Mayor Dinkins took office, there were 1,905 murders. In 1993, Mayor Dinkins’ last year, there were 1,946 murders. In Mayor Dinkins’ four years in office there were 8,340 murders, the most for any four-year period in New York City history. In 1994, Mayor Giuliani’s first year in office, murders dropped to 1,561. In Mayor Giuliani’s last year there were 649 murders. This “remarkable” 67 percent drop in murders made New York City the safest city in America.
Mayor Bloomberg continued to reduce murders to 414 last year, for a drop of 36 percent. To give more credit to Mayor Bloomberg than Mayor Giuliani is misleading. To give credit to Mayor Dinkins is insane.
I do feel you have another agenda, which is to rewrite history. Misrepresenting the miracle of the Giuliani crime reduction and misinforming the citizens of New York allows for misguided views, which lead to events such as the mayoralty of Bill de Blasio during which, I fear, this great city will regress.