The Sergeants Benevolent Association is launching a new initiative to combat quality-of-life issues.
According to police transit statistics, there were 274 arrests between Jan. and March 2. During the same period last year, 90 panhandlers and peddlers were arrested.
The bad blood apparently has not dissipated between two well-known panhandlers in Times Square, who got into a fight that ended with one of them being stabbed, according to published reports.
Owners of businesses near New York City transit hub Pennsylvania Station are complaining to authorities about panhandlers.