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Mayor Eric Adams, someone who is accompanied 24-7 by an armed security detail, has admitted that even he gets scared while riding New York City’s often disorderly subway system.
Just a few days previous, Adams, the Big Apple’s new mayor, claimed that the subways were safe and implied that the “perception of fear” was the problem.
Democrat Adams, who was elected on a law-and-order message and took office on January 1, is apparently disavowing the controversial comments made initially after the heinous incident in which a homeless ex-con, who some media outlets have described as mentally ill, allegedly pushed Michelle Go in front of an oncoming train at the Times Square station on Saturday morning.
On Tuesday, Mayor Adams, an ex-transit cop and NYPD captain, seemed to backtrack from his attempt to downplay what happened the day after the ghastly fatal crime.
“Day one, January 1, when I took the train, I saw the homelessness, the yelling, the screaming early in the morning, crimes right outside the platform. We know we have a job to do, and we’re going to do both: We’re going to drive down crime, and we’re going to make sure New Yorkers feel safe in our subway system. And they don’t feel that way now. I don’t feel that way when I take the train every day or when I’m moving throughout our transportation system.”
(Video: Daily Mail)
Just a few weeks into the Adams administration, transit crimes alone have reportedly surged by nearly 66 percent.
On Tuesday evening, Adams attended a candlelight vigil for Michelle Go in Times Square organized by a group called Asians Fighting Injustice.
Asserting that the death of Michelle Go “ripped at my heart,” Adams said, in part, at the vigil that “I’m recommitted to ensure that this will not happen in our city…I don’t want the kneejerk reaction of going through our subway system and going through our streets and demonizing those who have slipped through the cracks and did not receive the mental health treatment that they deserve. We must ensure that we have a plan of intervention and prevention.”
“Anti-Asian crime was up 361 percent in 2021 compared to 2020, with 129 anti-Asian crimes, according to the NYPD – and 183 anti-Semitic crimes,” the Daily Mail reported about the violence-plagued city that deteriorated rapidly under far-left Bill de Blasio, the former mayor.
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“[S]traphangers and advocacy groups say the subway system has without a doubt gone down the tubes — and Go’s death is just the latest horrific example of problems that have been left to fester,” the New York Post observed.
About three million passengers currently commute by subway in the city each day, which is still down significantly from pre-pandemic ridership levels.
New York City is considering, or actually reconsidering installing platform barriers in the aftermath of this tragic random attack as a safety precaution. Many travelers position themselves against the wall on subway platforms and otherwise maintain situational awareness as a precautionary measure from these assaults.
“From January through December 12, 2021, passengers were pushed onto the tracks 27 times, up from 25 during the same period in 2020, according to the NYPD,” the Daily Mail recalled.
Watch a report from ABC7 New York on this tragic incident and the mayor’s response:
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