What a aid to see Mayor Eric Adams again on monitor on the subject of subway crime, talking laborious truths. “When you do an evaluation of the subway crimes we’re seeing, you might be seeing it’s pushed by individuals with psychological well being points,” he said at a Brooklyn press convention late Thursday.
Absolutely proper, and he even hit the purpose house by flagging the “ninja” assault underground early that day, in addition to the fatal shoving of Michelle Go in January.
More, he vowed to observe up inside days with bulletins of latest efforts to deal with untreated psychological sickness and homelessness within the subways.
We hope he’s been studying Stephen Eide’s items in The Post on this concern: The metropolis must add psychiatric hospital beds (many misplaced underneath Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “management”), focus resources and make more aggressive use of Kendra’s Law, which permits for courts to mandate remedy. (And push the state to broaden that legislation.)
Notably, he’s additionally clarifying what he means by “notion,” which earlier within the week got here off as denial of the actual concern. Friday morning on CNBC, he noted, “If you’re watching somebody that’s coping with psychological well being sickness, that’s loud and disruptive in your subway system, you’re feeling the anxiousness” — which is definitely true and related, particularly since he shortly adopted up by speaking about “a thousand new cops” within the subways and “going after these violent people.”
Better but, he later talked of “numerous a few of the violent acts which might be taking place due to these small variety of individuals with psychological well being points.”
In quick, he’s now avoiding any suggestion that his anti-gun efforts (which we assist!) will clear up the chief driver of subway crime, not to mention any declare that subway crime is a minor concern that’s overhyped by the press. Everyone will get their phrases crossed typically; the secret is to set the document straight reasonably than digging in when criticized. It’s an excellent aid to listen to this mayor correcting course quickly, yet one more means he’s an enormous enchancment during the last man.
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