There Is ‘Palpable Fear’

( – In a recent interview, retired NYPD Sgt. Pete Panuccio conveyed a growing sense of unease in New York City, citing “disorder,” “decay,” and a “palpable fear” among the residents.

Panuccio’s observations come as Democrat-led cities, often criticized by Republicans for high crime rates, claim they have declining crime statistics since 2020.

“There’s a sense of disorder, a sense of decay, and what I like to call palpable fear,” said Panuccio. He pointed out that such sentiments, though hard to quantify, are real and impactful. This fear is leading to behavioral changes among New Yorkers, with many reportedly hesitant to venture out on the streets late at night.

The reported statistics from New York City Mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat, indicate a 12% drop in homicides and a 25% decrease in shootings from 2022 to 2023.

Adams, in his January State of the City address, asserted that these numbers reflect an improvement in public safety. However, Panuccio challenges this view, suggesting that the apparent reductions in crime rates may be due to people avoiding going outside, thus reducing their risk of becoming victims of violent crime.

Panuccio critiqued the city’s current approach to crime data, stating, “You can play numbers games all day long, which city hall is very fond of.” He highlighted that compared to 2019 pre-pandemic levels, the increase in crime is significant.

The NYPD’s data corroborates this, showing that while homicides have decreased compared to 2022, they are still 21% higher than in 2019. Additionally, robberies, felony assaults, and motor vehicle thefts have seen substantial increases.

Reflecting on the past, Panuccio recalled the significant improvements in public safety during former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s administration, contrasting it with the current situation.

He stressed the importance of public safety as the foundation for a thriving city. He expressed concern that the progress made in past decades is being eroded under current progressive leadership.

Panuccio concluded, “New York City’s a captive city, captured by the progressives. A lot of people gave their lives to make this city a safer place. It’s all been washed away.”