NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Major changes will indeed be coming to quality of life law enforcement in New York City, sources told CBS2 on Tuesday.
As CBS2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported Tuesday evening, sources said some minor offenses will no longer be treated as criminal matters under a deal being worked out by city officials.
Turnstile jumping and public urination are still expected to be treated as crimes warranting an arrest, but a host of minor offenses such as drinking in public are expected to be treated administratively rather than criminally.
The changes would come under planned adjustments to the city’s quality of life laws being worked out by Mayor Bill de Blasio, police Commissioner Bill Bratton, and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, sources said.
“I’m hopeful,” Mark-Viverito said. “I always am very optimistic.”