Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea have been clear: They support bail reform but have concerns.
But now that 34 days have passed since the laws changed and debate continues in Albany, both men seemed less than willing to reinstate their position.
"We've both spoken to this a bunch of times," de Blasio told reporters during a monthly crime briefing on Tuesday.
"I think I've said it before, when I say something I say it because I think it has to be said," Shea added.
Days after Commissioner Shea tied bail reform to an increase in crime; the NYPD reported the city is seeing a crime spike in specific categories, including shootings, robberies and car theft. Overall, there have been 8,875 major crimes reported for January, compared to 7,622 at the same time last year.
"Overall crime up almost 17 percent among those key index crimes, that's cause for real concern," de Blasio said.
There's been an increase in shootings, with 70 incidents reported so far this year, a jump in auto theft, 617 vehicles have been stolen, compared to 363 last year, and robberies have also climbed to 1,355 this past month, up from just under a thousand last year.
But despite those increases, advocates and supporters of bail reform, including Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie have shown no sign of supporting a rollback to the new rules.
Katie Schaffer, director of advocacy and organizing at the Center for Community Alternatives said the group is hopeful that changes will not be rolled back. She railed against the NYPD for concluding there is a trend given the amount of time that has passed since bail reform was enacted.
"What we are dismayed about and I’m dismayed about from the NYPD is we know that three weeks is not long enough to constitute a trend, "Schaffer said. “They are cherry picking particular data points to make what is a politically driven argument to undermine the new bail reform laws."
Meanwhile, law-enforcement unions and opponents of bail reform are continuing a push to roll back changes.
John Flanagan, Minority Leader of the New York State Senate railed against the changes on Tuesday, flanked by law enforcement unions and opponents to bail reform.
"You are less safe today than you were six months ago; you are less safe today than you were a year ago. There are people out on release who never should have been released, that should have been given bail," Flanagan said.
De Blasio stopped short of explicitly drawing a connection.
"The bottom line is, we've been 100 percent clear and we are unified in what we feel, two we want to act on this productively. So my view here is there is concerns we are in dialogue with leaders in Albany about those concerns and we want to move forward," de Blasio said.
The last time recorded similar crime numbers was in January of 2014, the first year of the de Blasio administration, and while some crimes are going up, the city continues to be the safest it’s ever been in decades, homicides and rape are also trending downward.