Protesters gather in New York to demand mayor Bill de Blasio step down amid homeless crisis and gun violence spike
NEW York City Mayor Bill De Blasio was urged to step down during a protest in Manhattan amid city's homeless crisis and gun violence spike.
Approximately 300 protesters assembled in front of City Hall Park on Saturday urging De Blasio to resign, according to the New York Post.
Signs reading, "Step Down de Blasio" and "Defund de Blasio” were held up by demonstrators.
Brooklynite Annette Gerage, 67, brought a sight to the protest reading: “Save our City — Impeach De Blasio.”
Gerage told The Post how she feels the mayor "is letting this city go straight to hell. Back to the 60s, 70s, 80s, just as bad, if not worse.
She added: “The city we have loved is gone. What do you expect from a Dinkins protege? He is a do-nothing mayor.”
Radio celeb Joe Piscopo, SBA President Ed Mullins, and Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa were guest speakers at the event.
Prior to the rally, Scott LoBaido – the artist who organized the demonstration – created a GoFundMe, which has now raised at least $13,000.
The GoFundMe read: "This is not just a rally it is larger than life! I have rented a 40ft stage, jumbo-trons, and state of the art video and audio gear."
“Don’t blame me. I didn’t vote for him," Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotaki said at the Rally, according to The Post.
“It breaks my heart to see this city being destroyed. It breaks my heart to see what our mayor is doing on every front.”
The rally comes as an increased number of homeless people have taken to NYC streets amid the coronavirus pandemic.
And more than 13,000 homeless people have been moved into NYC hotels after being taken out of shelters to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Police Benevolence Association Vice President Vinny Vallelong was also in attendance.
Vallelong said: "Look what he’s done to this city. He’s gone through three police commissioners.
'None of you should be worried about your parents, grandparents or even children going to any store to get bread, milk, and having to worry about them getting assaulted with gun violence."
“Murders are up in this city, burglaries are up, grand larceny, nothing, he’s doing nothing.”
Last week, President Donald Trump demanded that De Blasio rehires "incredible" police officers who were laid off amid a Democrat-backed "defunding" movement and crime spike.
In July, De Blasio was blasted as he helped paint the Black Lives Matter mural on Fifth Avenue outside Trump Tower.
The mayor – joined by his wife, First Lady Chirlane McCray, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Rep. Carolyn Maloney – didn't receive a warm welcome.
They helped to fill in the letter “L" – which was a part of a yellow slogan he commissioned, to "send a message" to Trump.
The BLM mural was painted by local artists from Street Corner Resources.
During his brief 20-minute appearance, people shouted “douchebag de Blasio,” “shame on you," and “Hitler told us all lives didn’t matter, too!” according to the New York Post.
"Let’s show Donald Trump what he does not understand, let’s paint it right in front of his building for him," de Blasio told the crowd chanting "Black Lives Matter!"
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