[/news/new_york/index.html New York City] is on the ropes and it is déjà vu all over again for Curtis Sliwa, 66, and his [/news/crime/index.html crime] fighting red beret vigilantes.
Shootings were up by 127% for the month of September and the year-to-date murder rate has increased by 34%.
With stores and small businesses shuttered, unemployment has swelled past 20%; and along with a mass exodus of New Yorkers headed for the hills and the suburbs - the Big Apple's fabled skyline is now a vista of hallowed out office towers.
It's all another day at the office for the bombastic, outspoken, Brooklyn born founder of the Guardian Angels.
He's been New York City's cornerman ever since 1979 when he created the volunteer safety patrol group during a time when the Big Apple was dubbed 'Fear City' by law-enforcement from an unprecedented wave of violence that swept through the city.
But in July of this year, Sliwa found himself hitting the pavement in his own backyard, the Upper West Side, amid growing concern by locals who reported an uptick in crime since the city moved 730 homeless into makeshift shelters during the [/news/coronavirus/index.html COVID-19] crises.
Since its founding over 40 years ago, the non-profit organization has spread to over 130 cities in 13 countries.
In the process, Curtis Sliwa has been hailed as a hero and local legend for his rapid fire zingers as a shock jock host on talk radio that rails against everyone from progressive-liberal Democrats like A.O.C (whom he calls 'All Out Crazy) to President Trump, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Governor Cuomo and every other career politician, which he says are 'fakes, phony, fraudulent, fugazis.'
Now Sliwa has his sight set on running for mayor in the 2021 election as a Republican. After four decades of patrolling the streets, Sliwa says he has the credibility, institutional knowledge and gunshot wounds (from when John Gotti ordered mob hit on his life) to prove his devotion to the City of New York.
Over the course of an evening while on patrol through the Upper West Side, the mayoral hopeful tells DailyMail.com exactly what he means when he says that he will give the city 'a much needed colonic.'
Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels has formed a new unit comprised of 70 volunteers to patrol the Upper West Side of New York City amid growing concerns over hundreds of homeless that were recently moved into luxury neighborhood hotels by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Overflow from the makeshift shelters led to massive homeless encampments on the street and neighbors have reported 'increasingly squalid conditions,' brazen drug use, fights, public defecation, urination, masturbation, aggressive pan handling and harassment
The Guardian Angels perform a night patrol of the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Calls to defund the police in BLM protests led to a $1billion cutback to the NYPD's budget in June.
Crime immediately skyrocketed by 177% in July, 166% in August and 76% in September 'They're not quick to respond' said Sliwa. 'And only if it's the most serious crime do they respond, so all the quality of life issues that have disturbed the people here are not being addressed'
Valerie Clark, 47, (in the back) was one of the very first members to join the newly minted patrol group.
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