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2012CityCouncil

2012CityCouncil

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Testimony
of
Bridget G. BrennanSpecial Narcotics Prosecutor
Before
The New York City Council
Committee on Public Safety
Fiscal Year 2012
Preliminary Budget Hearings
O F F I C E O F T H E S P E C I A L N A R C O T I C S P R O S E C U T O R
March 15, 2011250 BroadwayNew York, NY
 
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FY2012
I would like to thank the City Council for its consistent and generous sup-port of the Office of Special Narcotics and all of the District Attorneys’Offices through the years. The leadership of the Public Safety Committeehas been critical in helping us through difficult times. Your commitmentto public safety and our offices has been demonstrated both in your fi-nancial support and in your creation of initiatives that have enhancedpublic safety.
Funding:
I would like to reiterate my gratitude for the steps you havetaken in the last few years to make certain that my agency has parity withthe other District Attorneys. Your advocacy was critical in achieving theneeded baseline funding that will guarantee that my office is funded atthe same level as other prosecutors’ offices.Unfortunately, our funding continues to behighly unpredictable. Over the last few yearswe have received a flurry of baseline cutsand cash restorations, making it impossible toplan. Even more troubling, in most instances,we have only received one-time cash infu-sions that have replaced budget cuts of base-line funding. As demonstrated by the 2% cutwe just received, we can no longer forecastwhat our budget will be from one year to thenext, or even from one budget modification tothe next.In fiscal year 2012, the combined total reduc-tion in projected city, state and federal fundingfor my office is $1,832,115, or 10.2%. Such a funding loss in one yearwould render us unable to fulfill our statutory duties. Therefore I urgethe Council to assist us in three critical areas: restore the City Councilcash grant to its previous level, advocate to the City for 2012 baseliningof the one-time cash infusions that we received in 2011, and help us toeliminate the newly proposed and unsustainable two percent executivebudget cut.
Drugs and Violence:
While crime in New York City is nowhere nearthe record levels seen twenty years ago, there has been a troubling risein homicides, robberies and felony assaults in some of our neighbor-hoods. As is well known, drugs play a significant role in violent crime.In particular, there have been some alarming shootings and homicidesin Housing Developments that have been motivated by drugs and druggangs.Unfortunately, drug selling, drug use and drug addiction have not abated
OSNP Total Funding ReductionsFiscal 2012 Projected vs. Fiscal 2011 Modi
edAmountOSNP FY 2011 Modi
ed Budget$17,908,646Projected FY 2012 ChangesCity Funding Reductions (1,153,930)State Funding Reductions (525,530)Federal Funding Reductions (152,655)Total-10.2% $(1,832,115)OSNP FY 2012 Projected Budget$16,076,531
 
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in New York City. Our international drug trafficking cases demon-strate that drugs are still flowing into this country. Just this month, ourinvestigators assisted the DEA and the New York Drug EnforcementTask Force in seizing 18 kilograms of heroin that had been smuggledacross the border from Mexico into California and then trucked acrossthe country. New York City residents were the intended purchasersof this heroin. It is heroin such as this, along with cocaine and otheraddictive drugs, that fuels the violence in the city. In just one ex-ample, last year our office charged the city’s first drug kingpin underthe newly enacted statute. The defendant, Jose Delorbe, ran a violentdrug ring that sold at least two pounds of heroin and cocaine
each day
 from an apartment building in The Bronx. Delorbe and his crew wereimplicated in a shoot-out after they were captured on surveillancevideo carrying guns and firing a hail of bullets at rivals in the street.Adequately funding the City’s prosecutors will allow us to maintainpublic safety and the crime reductions that our citizens deserve.
Black Market Prescription Narcotic Drugs:
We are also facing anew, insidious threat – the exploding, illegal use of prescription drugssuch as Oxycontin, Percoset and Vicodin. Lulled into a sense that pre-scription drugs are safe and well-regulated, the public has been slowto absorb the reality that we are in the middle of an epidemic. Theseprescriptions drugs are abused by young and old alike. Most alarm-ing is the regular abuse of prescription drugs by children. Prescriptionand over-the-counter drugs comprised 8 of the top 14 categories of drugs abused by 12th graders in 2009.The easy access to prescription drugs, and the illusion that they aresafe, has lured our children onto a perilous path. This path is paidfor, in large measure, by the taxpayer. Medicaid dollars pay for manyof the drugs stolen from medicine cabinets, sold on the street, andpurchased with phony prescriptions. It is critical that we work imme-diately to reverse this trend. I know that we can count on you to helpus to aggressively pursue this complex problem.
Community Engagement:
With the Citywide jurisdiction of my of-fice, we routinely do large scale investigations of drug gangs that ruintheir neighborhoods. However, I do not rest solely with the convic-tion of drug dealers. I understand that to maintain the gains brought
Heroin from Mexico is routed through California to New YorkCity.

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