De Blasio: Turnstile Jumping Is ‘Not An Economic Issue’ For NYers Who Get Arrested

“All of our clients are indigent, many of them are trying to survive day by day. If they have five dollars on them, they need to choose between spending that five dollars on a meal, or a MetroCard, or food for their children, or diapers, or formula. So making a claim that just because people are arrested with cash on them they can afford a three dollar ride and are jumping the turnstile regardless, is just a false statement,” says Deb Lolai, a criminal defense attorney at The Bronx Defenders in response to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s claim that turnstile jumping is “not an economic issue.”

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