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Rank-and-file cops on Tuesday blasted Mayor Adams’s plan to impose a residency requirement on the NYPD — saying they can’t afford to live in the city they serve.

“As soon as he pays me enough to rent an apartment in the city, I will move,” a Manhattan cop said.

Another police source said, “Like, why does he think people leave?”

“Not everyone wants to live in Brownsville — which still costs half a million for a house,” the source said.

“I’d rather put my balls in a Vise-Grip.”

A Brooklyn cop called Adams remarks “just lip service from the latest politician.”

“I am sure he knows he doesn’t have the power to make that decision. He is just making noise for his voters,” the cop said.

Under a state law that dates back more than 50 years, NYPD cops can live in the city or in the suburban counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Orange.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams
Mayor Eric Adams demands officers live in the Big Apple as part of his plan to tackle crime.
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With the Empire State Building in the background, apartment buildings stand in the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan, January 11, 2018 in New York City.
NYPD officers argue they aren’t paid enough to afford living in the Big Apple’s expensive apartments and houses.
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A general view of an NYPD arm patch
An officer blasted Mayor Eric Adams’ residency requirement as political theater.
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During a Monday news conference that followed his speech on gun violence, Adams said it “makes no sense” that cops aren’t required to live in the Big Apple.

Cops are “technically” never off-duty if they see crimes being committed, Adams said, noting that city residents were “paying for other counties to be safe.”

A general view of a walk-up apartment building in the East Village neighborhood of New York, NY on July 25, 2020.
There are currently no restrictions on NYPD officers living in outside suburbs around New York City.
Christopher Sadowski
New York City Mayor Eric Adams
Mayor Eric Adams claims only “30 something percent of officers” reside in New York City.
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Adams said he only wanted to impose a residency requirement on new NYPD recruits, but added that Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell was working on an unspecified plan to encourage all active-duty cops to live in the city.

Source: NYPOST

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