Under Rudy’s leadership, we started winning the war on drugs. How? Using all available laws (local to federal) and targeting all involved in the drug chain: sellers, importers and users. Our approach in NYC became a model for the rest of the country. Previous strategies for combating drug dealers involved sweeps through neighborhoods. But once the sweeps were over, the drug dealers returned. Rudy not only moved law enforcement into neighborhoods controlled by drug dealers, he kept officers there to make sure criminals didn’t return, giving families and businesses an opportunity to reclaim their blocks.
When Rudy was elected Mayor, he used the same approaches to decrease crime and improve the quality of life for all citizens. He began by backing the police department like he supported federal agents. His message was clear – do your job right, be professional and honest and I will back you 100%. If you are dishonest or corrupt, I will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. Cops and agents weren’t afraid to do their jobs, make arrests and make a difference.
Rudy was always listening to new ideas about how to achieve various goals. I was in the room with him on several occasions when he changed his mind about our methods. He was always open to innovative ideas and he was able to adjust his strategy to facts on the ground. We knew that when we reached a consensus on a issue - we left the meeting with a positive attitude about that decision.
In 1993, when Rudy was elected, there were 1,946 murders a year and more than 11,000 major crimes per week in New York City. Using his proven strategies as well as innovative technology and crime-fighting techniques, Rudy’s policies reduced murders by 66%, to 649 in 2001. Crime dropped across the board: Vehicle theft decreased 73%. Shootings decreased 70%. Burglary decreased 68%. Robbery decreased 67%. Crime throughout New York City plummeted 56% and the city that was once considered the crime capital of the nation became the safest large city in the United States according to FBI statistics.
As Mitt Romney is learning, campaign rhetoric is a lousy substitute for real results. Based on his long record of strong leadership and personal courage, I know Rudy Giuliani will make a great President of the United States. He’s already shown he can solve difficult problems, and he has the strength and vision to meet the challenges that now face our country.