After 4 years, NYC mayor finally visits Rikers amid ‘humanitarian crisis’

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New York Daily News

Amid a deafening public outcry, Mayor de Blasio finally visited Rikers Island on Monday after staying away from the troubled jail complex for four years and as lawmakers and advocates demanded he see firsthand what they’ve called a “humanitarian crisis.” De Blasio promised Friday he would tour Rikers this week, but as of Monday morning, he wasn’t revealing exactly when that visit would take place. Later, at around 2:30 p.m., his press team signaled a shift, announcing he’d arrive at Rikers within a matter of hours. At around 5 p.m., de Blasio spoke about what he’d seen at two facilities there,…

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