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On January 1, former federal prosecutor Rudolph Giuliani took the oath of office to begin his second and final term as Mayor of New York City. As expected, drugs were high on his list of priorities.

"Four years from now, when the next mayor of New York City stands here, I want the newspapers and the magazines around the nation to be writing about how New York City led America to a drug-free America."

Giuliani promised to hire an additional 1,600 cops, and to get more aggressive against the drug trade. These promises come on the heels of a Guiliani initiative to crack down on drug sales within Washington Square Park, famous centerpiece of Manhattan's Greenwich Village. Over the past several weeks, both buy-and-bust and sell-and-bust operations have been run in the park, which encompasses two square blocks.

Aaron Wilson of the Partnership for Responsible Drug Information, a New York-based organization promoting a dialogue on drug policy, told The Week Online, "The Washington Square Park initiative demonstrates, in microcosm, the problems with enforcement-based policies. The dealers are still around the park, but now they're on the side streets, where people live. It's the classic push-down, pop-up problem. You can install surveillance cameras, as Giuliani is already doing, and chase the trade around, but it doesn't go away, it just moves." Wilson added, "And the entire strategy ignores the fact that most of the drug trade in New York is conducted indoors, with beepers and home delivery, or through networks of friends. Guiliani's road to a 'drug-free New York' will be littered with the lives of thousands more young African Americans and Latinos, which is not the way that rational people should want to ring in the new millennium."

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