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Amidst Record Setting Numbers of Complaints, Mayor Bill de Blasio Announces Illegal Fireworks Task Force

Amidst Record Setting Numbers of Complaints, Mayor Bill de Blasio Announces Illegal Fireworks Task Force

After weeks of Fireworks complaints which had reached record breaking numbers, NYC Mayor de Blasio would finally address the problem during this day’s press conference.

For days, reporters would ask the mayor about the problem and more recently he would half jokingly give a response. Yours truly had written about the possibility of the Mayor being concerned over tensions with the Police being exacerbated by possible confrontations with citizens.

” … unfortunately some young people are turning to the wrong approach, and that’s illegal fireworks. And we have concerns about this from all over the city. This is a real problem. It is not just a quality of life problem, and a noise problem. And it’s certainly that. And it’s all five boroughs, and we take that seriously, but it can also be dangerous. So, we need to make sure that young people know, all people know, some of it’s adults too, that illegal fireworks are not only illegal, but they can be dangerous,” said the Mayor.

“And we also intend to go to the root cause. And that is the people who are supplying the fireworks. The folks who are profiting off of illegal fireworks. We’re going to start a huge sting operation to go and get these illegal fireworks at the base. Meaning everywhere they’re being sold around New York City, and even where they’re being sold in surrounding States that we know are flowing into New York City. The Sheriff’s Office, the FDNY, the NYPD have come together in an illegal fireworks task force. We will have over 40 officers from each of those three organizations, including 12 FDNY fire marshals. The NYPD Intelligence Bureau will be a part of this effort to help us track down where the fireworks are coming from to begin with. Deputy Sheriffs will be out there addressing this at the root. So, what do we do? We go at the suppliers. There’ll be all sorts of actions taken. Undercover buys, sting operations, finding where the supply is and cutting it off at the knees. And there’s going to be a big public safety campaign to led by the FDNY.”

In the middle of the night councilmember Chaim M. Deutsch of the 48th District would be shown in the following Twitter posted video stating the following:

“Hi, Tonight I’m here at Gracie Mansion. I will be joined by a few hundred individuals who’ll be coming here with their vehicles honking their horns in front of Gracie Mansion. We need to send a message that we need to end these chaotic fireworks that’s been happening across the city. If we can’t sleep, Mr. Mayor, you won’t sleep.”

Below would be the full text of the official Press Release Issued today

As complaints skyrocket, NYPD, FDNY Fire Marshals and Sheriff’s Office take action to disrupt fireworks supply chain

NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio today established a multi-agency task force to crack down on illegal fireworks sales. The task force will target suppliers, distributors and possessors of large quantities of illegal fireworks by conducting investigations and sting operations within and outside of New York City to disrupt supply chains. The FDNY will also launch a public safety campaign, including public service announcements and social media, to illustrate the dangers of illegal fireworks.

The task force will consist of 10 officers from NYPD Intelligence Bureau, 12 FDNY Fire Marshals and 20 members of the Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

“Illegal fireworks are both dangerous and a public nuisance” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We’re cracking down on this activity at the source to ensure the safety of all New Yorkers and the ability of our neighbors to get some sleep.”

“For any number of reasons the use of illegal firework has skyrocketed this year and that has damaged the quality of life in our neighborhoods. The NYPD will continue to work closely with our city partners to address this dangerous issue,” said Police Commissioner Dermot Shea.

“Fireworks are illegal in New York City for a reason: they are extremely dangerous and can cause fires and serious injuries,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro. “Our Fire Marshals will work closely with their fellow law enforcement agencies to address this growing problem that is impacting New Yorkers in communities across our city.”

“Illegal fireworks pose a significant danger to New York families, and the Sheriff’s Office will use its investigative tools in the areas of contraband interdiction in conjunction with our law enforcement agency partners to vigorously suppress the sale and distribution of illegal fireworks,” said Sheriff Joseph Fucito.

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