Florida Governor Ron DeSantis visits Staten Island to talk about protecting law and order
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was in New York City Monday to meet with members of law enforcement.
Governor DeSantis took part in a discussion on Staten Island about protecting law and order.
Dozens packed the catering hall Prive Monday morning, lining up early to ensure a spot.
Top of mind for some there was crime, and they say they wanted to be there to hear what the Florida governor had to say about bringing down the crime rate.
“We need a change. We need a change on both sides and I think he’s the person for it,” said Ron Arabia, a Tottenville resident.
This visit comes as there is growing speculation that he could be gearing up for a presidential run.
Staten Island serves as a poignant location as it was the only borough to support Donald Trump for president in 2020 and 2016.
The Republican governor, who Trump once endorsed, is now the subject of criticism from the former president.
“I wish they’d both be nicer to each other,” one voter said.
Republican Lee Zeldin and the president of the New York State Fraternal Order of Police joined DeSantis.
They stayed focused on the topic of combatting crime in New York City.
“We want streets that have law-abiding new Yorkers in charge of them as opposed to the criminals,” Zeldin said.
Zeldin is touting the work Governor DeSantis has done to ensure public safety in his state and that New York should be using Florida as an example.
“The foundation of Florida’s success has been a commitment to law and order and support for the men and women who wear the uniform,” DeSantis said.
The Florida governor touted things like bonuses for law enforcement and brought up bail reform policies in New York, like a judge’s inability to consider whether someone is a threat to public safety when determining bail. They are the same policies Mayor Eric Adams has criticized in the past.
“Here you are in uniform, having to risk your life, bring them in and then they just release them. How does that make any sense?” DeSantis said.
DeSantis also touted other things his state has tackled like critical race theory and the so-called “Don’t Say Gay Law.”
DeSantis has visited New York a few times in the last several months; He was on Long Island back in October to campaign for Zeldin during his unsuccessful run for governor of New York.
The last time he was in New York City was last June for a conference of conservative Jewish leaders.
At the time, some New Yorkers made it clear they didn’t want the Republican governor there.
Gay rights advocates and others protested the event and tried unsuccessfully to get the event canceled.