Former mayoral candidate Joe Lhota says he knew crime would spike under Bill de Blasio

Posted: 1:33 PM, Jun 13, 2015
Updated: 2015-06-13 13:39:52-04

NEW YORK CITY — Former MTA chairman and 2013 New York City mayoral candidate Joe Lhota predicted the spike in gun violence that followed after the elimination of Stop and Frisk.

Lhota, who used spike in crime extensively in his campaign for mayor, says he knew what would happen if the city elected Bill de Blasio as mayor.

"I really thought if [de Blasio were] elected that we would start to see crime go up," he said.

A year and a half after de Blasio began his first term, overall crime is down, but gun violence is up.

Lhota doesn't claim to have "predicted" the future in 2013. Rather, he was concerned of the past repeating itself, saying it was a mistake to pull back on Stop and Frisk.

"We're going in the wrong direction," he said.

He also said that he agrees with Police Commission Bill Bratton that more officers are needed on the streets.

"Bill Bratton will find a way to get crime down," he said.

Lhota took the time to commend de Blasio, saying his policies aren't as reckless as he thought they would be and commending him on the start of the Pre-K program.