Gotham’s far-left public lawyer Jumaane Williams, who is running for the state’s next governor, has been pushing to cut funding for the NYPD and the Department of Defense.
Yet he travels through town with an NYPD security element and lives on a US military base where he has free 24-hour security.
The racial justice advocate resides just off General Lee Avenue, named after the Confederate military leader who became the target of Cancellation Culture Warriors, at the US Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn.
Anyone setting foot on the garrison must go through security checkpoints and undergo a background check, a requirement that led to the detention of an illegal immigrant who attempted to deliver pizza in 2018. Despite this, Williams insisted on “stopping the ICE” from enforcing the country’s immigration laws.
Why does Williams live on the base when much of what she represents is contrary to her beliefs? The answer, according to a representative, is the cost of housing: Fort Hamilton offers relatively inexpensive housing to a handful of knowledgeable civilians.
âWhen he needed a new home for his family in 2019, they chose a publicly accessible unit in Fort Hamilton not because of its position on a base, but because it offered the best unit for the price and criteria of his family, âsaid the representative for Williams, whose taxpayer-funded salary is $ 183,801, told The Post in a statement.
Williams, his lobbyist wife and daughter-in-law occupy a corner townhouse on the base with an expansive backyard and water views of the Verrazano Narrows for around $ 4,000 a month.
Similar properties on the surrounding public streets are renting for almost $ 5,800 per month. There are 228 houses on the garrison and 15 percent are occupied by civilians who must be put on a waiting list to move in. Beyond Williams, other prominent New Yorkers like local judges and doctors live on the base.
Real estate deals are technically open to civilians, but still unknown to most New Yorkers.
âThese are not apartments listed on Zillow. It’s basically a gated community with stunning views of the waterfront protected by tanks and soldiers with M16s, âsaid an area official with knowledge of the housing process.
In addition to living in perhaps the safest section of the five boroughs, Williams and her family enjoy free parking, access to a large swimming pool, playgrounds, a bowling center, Burger King, Einstein Bagels, Subway, a dry cleaners, gas station, hair salon offering $ 14 haircuts and a US post office. Suburban decorative elements are mixed with military hardware from historic cannons, WWII artillery, and modern Humvees.
Williams defended his decision to live on the base despite his beliefs.
“The suggestion that his work to protect, promote and reinvent public safety would change with his speech is belied by his record on these issues for more than a decade – that work continues as he advocates for policies to advance the community in the city’s neighborhoods, “Williams,” the representative said.
Joseph Rolland, a 53-year-old Bay Ridge resident who lives just outside the base, disagreed.
“Obviously that’s very hypocritical,” Rolland said of the anti-NYPD and anti-military pol surrounding himself with free police and military protection.
“He manages to protect himself, and yet we can’t?” asked Rolland. Williams, as public attorney or city ombudsman, has an NYPD security element like the mayor, comptroller, and other local politicians.
âI feel like this is a situation where ordinary citizens are not allowed to defend themselves, and people like our elected officials can. What I would say to elected officials is that if you are so anti-police and anti-gun, then you should give up all those privileges that allow you to protect yourself.
“I’m not sorry that he can protect himself on a military base as long as the citizens of the city can protect themselves as well, whether through private security or our police department, for which we pay fees. taxes, âRolland told The Post. .
A police source echoed the neighbor’s frustration with Williams.
“You say you finance the police, but yet you have the police with you every day who take care of you for the taxpayer’s penny? And then you live on a military base and you are protected by the military? It’s a joke, what a hypocrite. Not many people get this luxury, âthe source said.