New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will crack down on drug dealers who live in or visit New York City housing projects, where a disproportionate percentage of crimes are committed, the New York Times reports. People who are arrested for the felony sale of drugs on public housing grounds will be banned from all public housing outside of their home and common areas in the building they live in. If they do not live in the developments, they will be barred from returning. Police will maintain a database of people arrested for selling drugs in those developments, and violators of the trespassing notices will be arrested.
Last year, 11 percent of the city’s murders and rapes and 16 percent of the shootings were committed on Housing Authority property. “Public housing still suffers in this city from gun violence and sex crimes,” he said, “and a lot of it comes from drug dealers. And I think for too long we’ve been unwilling to address the issue, and I’m determined to address it and do something about it.”