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New York Governor Promises Crackdown On Crime After Violent 2022

 Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul vowed to improve public safety during her Sunday inauguration speech, following a year of high violent crime in the state.

Hochul said authorities must ensure that New Yorkers can be “free from fear” in streets, subways and schools, blaming the COVID-19 pandemic for causing damage to the social fabric that contributed to crime increases. Gun violence killed over 37% more people across 20 police jurisdictions statewide from January through November 2022 than the average for those months over the previous five years, despite a relative decrease compared to 2021, according to New York State Criminal Justice Services Division data.

Violent crime has particularly impacted New York City. Its year-to-date murder complaints through Dec. 25 decreased compared to 2021, while rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny auto complaints all went up, contributing to a more than 30% overall spike across those offenses, police data showed.

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