Read the full articleBy now, we all know that we live in the nation's safest big city and that crime has reached historic lows. But we can no longer mask the current crime wave with old, comforting statistics. What's relevant is how today's crime stats compare to recent years -- not 20 years ago. That comparison is alarming, and things aren't likely to get better anytime soon.This isn't the NYPD's fault. It's the fault of politicians in Albany.Our police force has been allowed to fall to about 35,000 today from 41,000 on 9/11 because of budget cuts forced on the city by Albany. At the same time, Albany has eliminated such crucial crime-fighting tools as the Rockefeller drug laws. Already, dealers are laughing about their new "get out of jail free card." Sixty percent of the drug dealers arrested since the elimination of these laws opted for "marijuana addiction" treatment in order to avoid jail.