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Hillary Clinton


“Well, it’s also fair to say, if we’re going to talk about mayors, that under the current mayor [of New York City], crime has continued to drop, including murders.”

Hillary Clinton, Democratic nominee for President, in the first presidential debate against Republican nominee Donald Trump on September 26, 2016


We gave Hillary Clinton’s statement TWO BARS because the JURY’S OUT on 2016 murders in New York City. While crime has gone down in New York City in recent years, murders went up in 2015, and full data are not yet available for murders in 2016.

At the first presidential debate, Clinton and Trump had a disagreement about the state of crime and murders in New York City. Clinton is correct that crime has been on a long decline in New York City, with crime down overall in 2015, as this chart from the NYPD shows. Clinton framed the debate about murder statistics around the tenure of current mayor Bill de Blasio, who took office in 2014. In 2014, there were 333 murders in New York City; in 2015, there were 352. As of September 25, 2016, there were 266 murders in New York City, up from 252 at this time in 2015. It remains to be seen whether New York City’s number of murders at the end of 2016 will end up lower or higher than the city’s 2014 numbers. However, murders in New York City still remain near historic lows and have been declining for some time – 2015’s 352 murders were significantly less than the city’s 596 murders in 2006.

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