Tiffany Cabán’s claims about subway violence anger victim

She sees no evil.

Defund-the-police socialist City Councilwoman Tiffany Cabán tweeted that “Subway violence is a one-in-a-million event” — outraging the woman who may lose the sight in her right eye after being viciously attacked days earlier in the transit system.

Cabán made her pronouncement Monday as video circulated of the sickening assault on straphanger Elizabeth Gomes in Queens, the progressive pol’s own borough. The declaration came two days after the NYPD first tweeted about the incident as the video went viral on Reddit.

“As a believer in a violence-free NYC, I still think that’s one too many, but let’s not let fear-mongering politicians and corporate media outlets scare us into thinking we have a dangerous, scary public transit system,” Cabán tweeted Monday morning along with a graph showing subway crimes stats.

Gomes, a 33-year-old mother of five, was assaulted on Sept. 20 when she was thrown to the ground and pummeled by a maniac who chased her through the station.

Hours after Cabán’s tweet, the Sept. 20 arrest of ex-con Waheed Foster, who served time for killing his own grandmother, was widely publicized. Cabán said nothing about the attack or arrest.

City Councilwoman Tiffany Cabán argued subway crime is a “one-in-a-million event” on Twitter.
City Councilwoman Tiffany Cabán argued subway crime is a “one-in-a-million event” on Twitter.
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A Queens grand jury Thursday indicted Foster on attempted murder and assault charges.

Gomes, a JFK airport security guard, blasted Cabán as wildly out of touch.

“The subway system is dangerous and for her to post something like that — it seems to me that she doesn’t ride the subway or have anyone to ride it. She doesn’t really understand what it is,” Gomes told The Post. “It’s just getting worse and worse.”

Gomes, who lives in Far Rockaway and was on her way to work when she was attacked, said subway violence has increased since the pandemic.

Elizabeth Gomes, 33, before and after assault.Gomes and Tucker returned from Queens Criminal Court for the Grand Jury decision and to speak to the DA.
Elizabeth Gomes accused City Councilwoman Tiffany Cabán of never riding on the subway.
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“People are afraid,” she said. “People are getting robbed. People are getting shot. People are getting molested.”

She said defunding the police shouldn’t be an option.

“We need protection. That’s what we’re looking for,” she said. “That’s what the people are looking for.”

Gomes said she was still suffering from throbbing headaches more than a week after the assault and is scheduled to see an eye specialist.

Elizabeth Gomes, 33, before and after assault.Gomes and Tucker returned from Queens Criminal Court for the Grand Jury decision and to speak to the DA.
Elizabeth Gomes said subway straphangers are getting “robbed”, “shot” and “molested.”
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She previously pleaded with the mayor that the city needs “major help.”

“Obviously, the government or nobody is doing anything for us,’’ she said.

Felony assaults on the subway were up 19% through August compared to 2021.

Cabán was also ripped by a colleague on the City Council.

Waheed Foster
Waheed Foster previously beat his grandmother to death in 1995.

“I suppose it’s easier to deny that there is a problem, despite the fact we can all see it, then for my colleague to admit that it will only be through strong policing that we make the system better,” said Councilman Joe Borelli, a Staten Island Republican.

Reaction was also swift on Twitter with one user saying, “Attacks are underreported. The possibility of a successful attack is not ‘one in a million’. The fear & real harassment ppl experience MATTER.”

Another wrote “Sis. Have you BEEN On a train since 2020??? Cause. … I have and it’s very different than it was. So stop.”

Cabán also drew derision for tweeting about “alternative” ways to confront unhinged behavior, which were outlined in a poster she said her office was giving to small businesses. The advice when encountering an escalating conflict included distracting the troublemaker by “spilling your soda” or saying “Hey, didn’t I go to high school with you?”

On Thursday, FDNY Lt. Alison Russo-Elling was stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack in Astoria, Cabán’s district.

Cabán tweeted her “deepest condolences” leading one user to respond, “No complaints about ‘fearmongering’ today, huh. Perhaps she should have simply asked this man, ‘Hey, didn’t we go to school together’?”

Her office did not respond to a request for comment.

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