De Blasio seeks backing for Rikers Island closure plan
His re-election campaign website posts petition
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to close Rikers Island has now become a part of his bid to win a second term in office. In an email letter to supporters, de Blasio bluntly issued a request to his backers to stand behind his proposal to shut the jail complex.
The mayor’s letter includes a link to a petition on his campaign website supporting the effort to close Rikers Island.
“You have probably read the headlines, but I wanted to share the news with you directly: New York City will close the Rikers Island jail. This is going to take a lot of work, many years, and a number of tough decisions along the way, but it will happen,” de Blasio wrote in the letter he sent out to supporters on April 12.
Under the plan, the city will work to significantly decrease the inmate population of Rikers Island and then close the facility outright within 10 years.