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NY councilman switches to GOP, faults leftist policies for surging crime rates: 'Democratic Party is doing everything possible in New York City to make everybody less safe'

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New York City Councilman Ari Kagan (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

A Democratic council member from Brooklyn, New York, announced on Monday that he was dumping his party and switching to the GOP, citing surging crime rates in the city, the New York Post reported.

Ari Kagan, a freshman councilman who was first elected in November 2021, blamed the Democratic Party for going too far left and implementing soft-on-crime policies that embolden criminals.

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