A left-wing state lawmaker who has pushed for reducing police funding first moved to the district she is in search of to symbolize in Congress as a result of “issues of safety” close to “the initiatives” in Harlem prompted her to shack up together with her tech bro then-fiancé within the Monetary District, The Submit has realized.
Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou (D-Decrease Manhattan) instructed an area publication in 2016 — when she was campaigning to first get elected to her present seat — that she headed to the wealthier Manhattan neighborhood as a result of she witnessed a pair of disturbing crimes and fell sufferer to at least one.
“I truly was robbed once I was residing in Harlem. My boyfriend on the time, my fiancé, didn’t suppose I used to be secure up there, so he instructed me to maneuver in, and in order that’s how I moved to the Monetary District with him,” she defined in an interview with the Lo-Down NY. “He was already residing there.”
4 years later, her since-updated points part for her most up-to-date Meeting marketing campaign learn, “She believes that we’re lengthy overdue for police reform on this nation and that we have to defund tens of millions from the police with a view to put important funding again into our social providers, training, and housing.”
Niou bid to symbolize the newly configured Decrease Manhattan-Brooklyn Home seat has earned endorsements from “Intercourse and the Metropolis” star and former gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, left-wing group New York Communities for Change and state Sen. Julia Salazar (D-Bushwick), amongst others.
In 2016, whereas vying to switch disgraced ex-Assemblyman Sheldon Silver, she recalled to the native outlet that two separate scary “incidents” drove her out of her residence on 106th Road and 1st Avenue in East Harlem.
Niou beforehand lived in an residence on 106th Road and 1st Avenue in Harlem, Manhattan earlier than crime drove her out.Google Maps
In a single, she claimed she “watched a lady get raped on a pile of rubbish, proper throughout the road from the initiatives,” the place she was residing. Within the different, the candidate mentioned she witnessed a person “slam a lady’s head … into an ATM machine” and rob her earlier than fleeing.
“We now have a variety of issues of safety,” Niou reportedly mentioned in April 2016. “A few of the issues that occur on the Decrease East Facet are very parallel, so these are all incidents that form of led to me transferring all the way down to the Monetary District and transferring in with my companion.”
Niou — who since 2017 has represented the sixty fifth District, which incorporates the Monetary District, Battery Park Metropolis, Chinatown, and the Decrease East Facet — was engaged on the time to David Segura, who based Big Media.
In an October 2012 report, Segura predicted the corporate would make $8 million in its third 12 months. The promoting know-how firm was offered in 2014 for an “undisclosed sum.”
Niou has represented Chinatown and the Decrease East Facet since 2017.HANS PENNINK
Segura’s Instagram bio notes that he’s an “Angel Investor in 60+ startups.”
Throughout their relationship, a number of photos Segura posted of the pair on Instagram present them main an opulent life-style. They embrace meals at a number of Michelin star eating places — the Trump Worldwide Resort and Tower’s Jean-Georges, Gramercy Tavern, and Somtum Der, together with different nice eating spots.
Although it’s unclear when precisely the engagement was damaged off, in some unspecified time in the future between October 26, 2016 and December 22 of that 12 months, the “About Yuh-Line” part of Niou’s web site was tweaked from “Yuh-Line lives on Broad Road together with her fiancé and their good-looking canine, Mr. Puds” to a model that eliminated “fiancé.”
Public information present that Segura in 2014 purchased a $2.6 million Wall Road residence the place Niou began residing earlier than her profitable 2016 bid, throughout which claimed she loaned her marketing campaign $50,000 of her financial savings whereas incomes $75,000 per 12 months as a chief of employees to as state Assemblyman.
Assemblywoman Inez Dickens — who has represented components of Harlem within the Metropolis Council and Albany since 2006 — blasted Niou as “hypocritical” for leaving the neighborhood because of security fears earlier than advocating for stripping the NYPD of assets.
“You progress out of the neighborhood since you say it’s unsafe, you then say ‘defund the police?’ You flip round and desert the group — after which say you don’t want the police?” Dickens, a Democrat, fumed. “That’s hypocritical.”
“I didn’t go away my group, and there are occasions once I really feel unsafe,” she added.
Matt Thomas — a left-wing activist and author who isn’t affiliated with a candidate within the packed main by which Niou is working — was unsurprised that the Democratic lawmaker had expressed sentiments which might be antithetical to her extra just lately professed ideological leanings.
Assemblywoman Inez Dickens known as Niou “hypocritical” for leaving Harlem because of security fears earlier than advocating for stripping the NYPD of assets. Twitter / @ericadamsfornyc
“I believe it’s commentary on the left’s unwillingness to confess that … individuals’s considerations about public security are authentic, or on the very least they’re pure responses to seeing crime on the streets, [and] issues like that,” he instructed The Submit, including, “there appears to be an actual lack of willingness to confess that folks don’t all the time have the wokest responses [to crime], and I believe that this can be a quite amusing illustration of that.”
Thomas defined that the “defund the police” slogan has for the reason that summer season 2020 George Floyd protests been quickly and “uncritically” adopted by progressive intuitions, so “there’s lots of people in that house whose mainly complete careers, historical past and public statements beforehand are very completely different from a variety of the issues that they’d been saying since summer season 2020.”
“What’s humorous is how aggressively Yuh-Line and others in that house try and self-discipline individuals for transgressions towards woke propriety, when on the identical time, they’ve a variety of the identical breaches of that propriety of their very latest pasts,” Thomas added.
A rep for Niou declined to remark.
Extra just lately, Niou, 38, has discovered herself in scorching water over statements relating to police.
Earlier this 12 months, the state legislator confronted backlash for calling a big group of cops coming into a subway station following a funeral for slain NYPD Officer Jason Rivera a “scary present of intimidation,” and liking a tweet evaluating the throng of officers to Nazis.
Months later, The Submit reported that the left-wing lawmaker made daring claims of delivering COVID-19 pandemic assist and “saving lives,” however had exaggerated the extent of her efforts.
In Could, The Submit reported that Niou — who was born in Taiwan and moved to the USA at a younger age — had repeatedly falsely asserted that the Empire State’s finances funding and language utterly omitted Asian Individuals till she got here to Albany.
Niou will in two months face a crowded discipline of contenders in New York’s tenth Congressional District, which spans from Decrease Manhattan into Park Slope and close by Brooklyn neighborhoods.
Candidates within the Aug. 23 Democratic main embrace ex-Mayor Invoice de Blasio, U.S. Rep. Mondaire Jones of the Hudson Valley, Councilwoman Carlina Rivera of the East Village, together with head lawyer for ex-President Donald Trump’s first impeachment, Daniel Goldman.
Extra reporting by Carl Campanile