NYC Councilman Yusef Salaam facing calls to resign safety committee chairmanship after he ‘lied’ about NYPD traffic stop
New York City Councilman Yusef Salaam is facing calls to step down as head of the council’s influential public safety committee after a controversial traffic stop revealed he was motoring around the Big Apple with out-of-state license plates and allegedly illegal tinted windows.
Salaam is also taking heat with claims he embellished his Friday night encounter with an NYPD cop in Harlem, during which the officer pulled him over for the tinted windows but cut him a break when the lawmaker ID’d himself.
“This is damning,” City Councilman Robert Holden (D-Queens) said in a post on X. “An elected official with illegal tints and out-of-state plates, not legally registered, using his official title to evade the law.
“Worse, he lied about the exchange until NYPD set the record straight,” Holden wrote. “CM Salaam should resign as Public Safety Chair.”
Councilman Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) also joined the fray online, noting that the entire episode was caught on police bodycam.