Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou of the 65th District during the 2017 session. Via Wikimedia Commons.

Democrat New York state Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou (D-Lower Manhattan) recently moved out of her “unsafe” neighborhood to a wealthier area of the city. The Democrat politician supports defunding the police and is now making her run for the 10th Congressional District on a platform of “safety issues” near “the projects.”

The New York Post reports:

Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou (D-Lower Manhattan) told a local publication in 2016 — when she was campaigning to initially get elected to her current seat — that she headed to the wealthier Manhattan neighborhood because she witnessed a pair of disturbing crimes and fell victim to one.

“I actually was robbed when I was living in Harlem. My boyfriend at the time, my fiancé, didn’t think I was safe up there, so he told me to move in, and so that’s how I moved to the Financial District with him,” she explained in an interview with the Lo-Down NY. “He was already living there.”

Four years later, her since-updated issues section for her most recent Assembly campaign read, “She believes that we are long overdue for police reform in this country and that we need to defund millions from the police in order to put critical funding back into our social services, education, and housing.”

Niou bid to represent the newly configured Lower Manhattan-Brooklyn House seat has earned endorsements from “Sex and the City” star and former gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, left-wing group New York Communities for Change and state Sen. Julia Salazar (D-Bushwick), among others.

But now Democrats are even hitting Niou for her hypocrisy, with Assemblywoman Inez Dickens (D-Harlem) blasting the congressional candidate as “hypocritical” for leaving the rough neighborhood for crime fears despite championing defunding New York City’s police.

“You move out of the neighborhood because you say it’s unsafe, then you say ‘defund the police?’ You turn around and desert the community — and then say you don’t need the police?” Dickens, a Democrat, said. “That’s hypocritical.”


  1. Crime is caused by poverty, as is drug use and mental health issues… cops can’t help with those issues… other professionals can, though…

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