Mayor Eric Adams on Sunday tried to reassure the public that subways are safe after last week’s rampage – claiming other major cities have crime and Gotham is almost as dangerous as ever.
Adams and his police chief, Kitchen Swallow, appeared on television pointing to safety at the crossing just five days after a lunatic opened fire on a train in Brooklyn and injured 29 people.
Their claims also came as NYPD statistics show that serious offenses have risen in the city’s transportation system so far this year, while the recent total crime in the Big Apple continues to grow.
During a morning appearance on MSNBC, Adams called subway safety “important” while peddling his previously announced initiatives aimed at reducing underground crime.
“The transportation system is the lifeblood of our city, and we have established what I believe are the fundamental parts of a real mechanism for public safety,” the mayor said in “Sunday’s show with Jonathan Caphart.”
“Everything, from proper police deployment, to dealing with the mental health crisis and homelessness in our system, to ensuring that police officers receive specific information about what we expect from them,” he said. “Presence of all, make sure passengers see these cops going after those violent criminals.”
NYPD statistics show that so far this year, serious offenses reported in the subway system have risen by 68%, subway robberies have jumped by 72%, and crime attacks have risen by 28%.
Data released earlier this month also revealed a 37% increase in major crimes in March, part of a worrying trend.
But Adams seems to be underestimating the disturbing figures by comparing them to those in other cities – and to the infamous 80s and 90s days of New York.
“I say it over and over again: there are many rivers that feed this sea of violence. You see this violence happening all over this country. This is not a conversation of a red state or a blue state,” he told MSNBC, referring to Republican and Democratic-controlled states. .
“Mississippi, Kentucky, Louisiana – these are the highest homicides in our entire state,” Adams added on ABC.
“I was in town when she got out of control in the mid-80s [and] “Early 1990s,” he said, noting that New York police have seized 1,800 rifles since taking office on Jan. 1.
“[New York City] Far from it, “Adams told MSNBC.
“This is not what we are dealing with at this time. This city is far from out of control, and we hope to take control of crime and also deal with the pathways leading to criminal behavior in our city.”
Meanwhile, the senior apple of the Big Apple has promised that the city’s subways will be “safe” with more officers in the public transport system following gunman accused Frank James who opened fire on a crowded N train during Tuesday morning’s congestion.
“The subways need to be safe, and they will be safe,” NYPD Commissioner Sewell told host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” program during a joint appearance with Adams.
“We are pushing more cops into the subway system,” she said. “We recognize that people need to see a visible police presence on the subway, and we try to make that happen.”
In the hours after the subway carnage, Adams said New York police would “double” the number of officers patrolling the subway system.
Adams also doubled on Sunday over his insistence that social media companies should have ticked off about messages broadcast by James.
In recent years, James has become increasingly absurd and posted some bizarre and racist remarks on YouTube in which he blamed Adams and others for his troubles. In response, New York City police said they are stepping up security for the mayor, who was solitary at the Gracie mansion after being tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
“I think social media needs to get over it. There is corporate responsibility,” Adams told ABC. “We can identify through our artificial intelligence to identify those who talk about violence.”