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Gov. Hochul’s next test will be her response to the tragic murder of NYPD cop Jonathan Diller

Politics is about contrasts, and it would be hard to find any more stark than those that have emerged since the murder of New York police officer Jonathan Diller.

For one thing, former President Donald Trump was invited by Diller’s family to the wake and received a warm welcome from police officers and other mourners.

The Republican prayed before the casket with family members and later spoke somberly about the need to “return to law and order.”

“We have to do a lot of things differently, because it’s not working,” Trump told reporters outside.

On the other hand, Governor Hochul, a Democrat, was accused by an angry family member of having “blood on his hands” due to the state’s lenient policies.

The family also rejected requests from Hochul and Dem Attorney General Letitia James to speak at Saturday’s funeral, Fox News reports.

Earlier, council President Adrienne Adams and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, both Democrats, were told by a police union leader that they were not welcome to attend services.

The contrasts suggest that the bitter, long-standing divorce between Democrats and the NYPD is almost final.

This is an extraordinary development given that public safety is essential in any society, a point made eloquently by Diller’s widow, Stephanie.

Recalling another widow’s call for change in state policy at a police officer’s funeral more than two years ago, she said Saturday that “the change never happened.” And now my son has to grow up without his father.

Abdication of democratic crime

It remains a stunning fact that today in New York and much of America, support for law and order has become the almost exclusive preserve of one party, the GOP.

In city after city, especially in blue states, far-left legislators and mayors appear more concerned about the well-being of the accused than the rights and suffering of the victims.

An army of prosecutors who act as defense lawyers, including Manhattan’s Alvin Bragg, have unwarranted sympathy for people who clearly pose a threat to society.

President Biden has played a strange role in this destructive trend. As a senator, he was a hawk on law enforcement and advocated long prison sentences.

But as president, he bowed to his party’s far left by opening the southern border to millions of people crossing the border unchecked, which is by definition an attack on the security of Americans.

Additionally, Biden periodically expresses the false idea that our society, and particularly police officers, are corrupted by racial animus.

It’s an insult that puts him on the wrong side of history, and he proved it Thursday when he came to New York to raise a whopping $25 million for his campaign alongside former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

On the same day that Trump attended the wake, the president made no public mention of Officer Diller’s sacrifice, although Biden reportedly called Mayor Adams about it privately.

That leaves Adams as the only crossover in the party chasm and that’s because he’s the rarest bird — a Democrat as well as a former police officer and captain.

His remarks at the funeral included heartfelt references to Diller’s sacrifice as well as the resurrection message of Easter.

Anti-police grudge

By its nature, police work can lead to an “us versus them” mentality. But what is striking about the partisan divide on crime is how the radical left has polluted a problem that all New Yorkers have in common.

When people talk about the bad old days, they talk about rampant crime and its devastating effects on daily life, regardless of political affiliation or neighborhood.

Frightened families and businesses are fleeing, schools are unsafe, property values ​​are falling, and large parts of the city are becoming disaster zones.

This was the reality Gotham faced three decades ago and the brave men and women of the NYPD saved the city from these horrors. Many officers also made the ultimate sacrifice.

But even the best police force cannot succeed without political leadership and public support, and both have been key ingredients in the two decades of security and prosperity provided by Mayors Rudolph Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg.

Tragically, that era ended under Mayor Bill de Blasio.

His demonization of cops led to a pivotal incident in 2014, when hundreds of officers turned their backs on him as he praised a murdered cop in a patrol car.

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Before the funeral, a police union official said de Blasio had “blood on his hands,” the same message delivered to Hochul.

The question now is whether Hochul takes the message to heart and makes a major course change. If she knows his history, she knows that de Blasio didn’t do it and even embraced the “defund the police” movement by cutting the New York police budget by a billion dollars.

The resulting decline in public safety makes him one of the worst mayors of all time.

Kat’s total inaction

Hochul’s problem is that she talks well about keeping New Yorkers safe, but no one would say she kept her promises.

She has yet to figure out how to use the considerable power of her office. She’s a timid negotiator, giving perks to lawmakers, like a $32,000 pay raise two years ago, without getting anything in return.

Indeed, the hike, which made state lawmakers the highest paid in the United States, could have been phased to ensure that lawmakers strengthened bail laws and gave judges more power to arrest repeat offenders. But she didn’t even do that.

Time and time again, Hochul takes “no” for an answer, and instead of fighting back and getting support, she quietly accepts defeat and acts as if she should get credit for trying.

No dice. This is an emergency and trying is not enough.

Results are needed and she has no significant achievements in the fight against the crime that is killing New York. That’s why she was chastised at Diller’s wake, and given the history of the two men arrested, the family’s fury is understandable.

The career criminal accused of murder, Guy Rivera, is a violent ex-convict with 21 prior arrests. He allegedly fired when Diller approached a car parked in a bus lane, with Rivera in the front passenger seat.

The driver, Lindy Jones, was arrested after a 9mm handgun was found in the glove compartment. He had been arrested at least 14 times.

How Post readers can help you

You can help Agent Jonathan Diller’s one-year-old son through the Silver Shield Foundation, which will help fund his future education. Diller, 31, was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Queens, leaving behind his wife, Stephanie, and baby Ryan.

The Silver Shield Foundation was started in 1982 by the late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for the families of NYPD officers and FDNY firefighters who lose their lives in the line of duty.

You can make a contribution at silvershieldfoundation.org/donate or send it to: Silver Shield Foundation, 870 UN Plaza, 1st Floor, New York, NY 10017.

The fact that both men were on the street illustrates the folly of the state’s criminal justice, er, injustice, system.

A senior aide to the mayor clearly outlined the issues and the duty of politicians.

“What will it take for extremist advocates and elected officials to understand that what they have done to significantly weaken our public safety system is needlessly putting the public in danger,” Deputy Mayor Louis Molina railed on LinkedIn .

Over to you, Governor Hochul. Which side are you on?

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