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City Leaders Call For Greater Safety At Parks Following Recent Sexual Assaults

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - City officials speak out following the second sexual assault at a city park in as many weeks.

Elected officials led by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn joined together at Hudson River Park in Lower Manhattan in a show of solidarity and outrage.

"We're not going to yield one blade of grass to sexual perpetrators. We're not going to yield one street corner," Quinn told reporters including WCBS 880's Jim Smith.

Members of the city council have written a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg in an effort to prevent $100 million in mid-year NYPD budget cuts that could take some officers out of city parks.

WCBS 880's Jim Smith reports


"We simply cannot take those resources away from our NYPD at this time with these type of incidences occurring," Quinn said.

Elected officials also said they want crime statistics from the city's parks available so experts can analyze trends in an effort to cut down on future attacks.

An elderly woman was raped in a wooded area of Central Park two weeks ago and a woman was sexually assaulted by a homeless man this weekend in Hudson River Park.

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