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NYC mayoral hopefuls give their take on spiking crime, and their solutions for New Yorkers on edge

New York City’s next mayor will inherit a host of complex problems when he or she steps into office Jan. 1 — the pandemic, cratering revenue and reforming policing, to name just a few — but there’s one pressing issue that’s been given relatively short shrift on the campaign trail so far: crime.

In 2020, the number of murders and shootings jumped at an alarming rate. Murders rose nearly 47%, from 319 in 2019 to 468 in 2020. Shootings spiked a staggering 97%.

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