Curran: NYPD Is 'Justified' Telling City Council To Stay Away From Funeral

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A scathing letter issued by the Sergeant’s Benevolent Association warned members of the City Council not to attend the funeral of Jonathan Dillon, the 31-year-old New York City police officer who was killed during a traffic stop earlier this week. The angry missive blasted members of the council for creating the laws and environment that led to Dillon’s death. Former Nassau County executive Laura Curran understands the sentiment behind the letter. She appeared on 710 WOR’s Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning program to explain why the sentiment of the letter is appropriate.

“This is a problem when you have one-party rule in a place,” Curran told Berman and Riedel. “The extremes are the ones that take over, and I can’t say that I blame the [letter] for saying, ‘You’re not welcome here’, because there’s a lot of anger and it’s been brewing, as we’ve seen, for a long time about these leftist policies that are linked to an increase in crime… The bottom line is that these progressive policies are not keeping people as safe as they should be, and the cops are on the front line, so I think their anger is justified.”

Curran expanded on that stance, saying she totally understands why City Council members are not welcome at Diller’s funeral. “I get it, because politicians often want to show up to the funeral to be like, ‘Oh, see how much I care, I’m so good.’ So, why provide a platform for them to do their p.r., when [the cops are] truly angry and see them as the cause for this kind of violence, so I can’t say I would- I wouldn’t criticize them for that.”

Curran also took a swipe at congestion pricing, which was easily approved on Wednesday and now awaits a June start date. “It is a black hole, and there’s not a lot of accountability, way too much bureaucracy, and there’s just not a lot of trust that this money is going to be spent wisely. Now, I will say, I’m a big fan of public transportation. I use it all the time. It needs money, but there’s got to be a better way. This is really very unpopular, and I’m concerned we could have lawsuits and that sort of thing, as well.”

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