The MTA chairman, the mayor, and the police commissioner are not exactly on board Wednesday with the decision of the Manhattan district attorney to decriminalize turnstile jumpers.
According to the New York Post on Wednesday, Joe Lhota sent a letter to Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance to protest his office's decision to stop prosecuting fare beaters.
In the letter, Lhota said the move will take money from the MTA, penalize paying riders, and put passengers and subway workers in danger.
Vance wrote back, saying that his policy would have no impact on public safety and actually save taxpayers money by keeping these cases out of court.
Under the new policy, jumpers will only be prosecuted if they are on a list as a known public safety risk.
Vance said it will provide police officers more chances to catch criminals who endanger public safety. No other city district attorney has adopted such a forgiving approach.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said everyone who rides the subway needs to swipe their way in. His suggestion is that Vance is giving the green light to turnstile jumpers. The Manhattan DA's office declined to comment on the mayor's remarks
In the months leading up to the change, Vance's office allowed turnstile jumpers to take a class to avoid prosecution. Now, they do not even have to do that.
The NYPD arrested close to eight thousand people for fare evasion in Manhattan in 2017, and another 25,383 received summonses.
Those who support Vance's approach say it will help low-income New Yorkers stay out of the criminal justice system, as well as undocumented immigrants at a time the Trump administration is taking a hard line towards them.