Good morning. Today we’ll take a look at New York City Council’s new speaker, Adrienne Adams, and the key role she can play in the crime-solving effort. We’ll also look at the odd political underpinnings created by a newly redrawn congressional district.
A series of attacks on New York City’s subway system over the weekend reinforced the level of problematic criminal defiance for Mayor Eric Adams in the weeks since he took office.
It also highlights the importance of Mr. Adams, in his efforts to implement tougher crime strategies, having the support of another powerful city official who has also recently assumed her role: Adrienne Adams , the new spokesman for the City Council.
On Friday, Mr. Adams and Governor Kathy Hochul announced a new plan to tackle homelessness in the subways, just before violence flared up again over the weekend with at least eight attacks. work in the system.
Although no one died, some victims were hospitalized. Very few arrests have been made, my colleague Jonah Bromwich report.
Mr. Adams has supported a number of tough crime-fighting initiatives, including the return of plainclothes anti-gun squads in the City’s Police Department, as well as tightening of bail laws and the prosecution of minors. juvenile charged with a felony.
But these hardline strategies failed to appeal to all Council members, leaving Ms Adams in a delicate political balance.
On a city council made up of a majority of women and people of color, Ms. Adams – who served as chairwoman of the powerful Black, Latino and Asian party – has to cross the line between socialist members. democrats, who want to bring down the police and other members who are pressing for a crackdown on crime.
So she could become a key ally of Mr. Adams, as budget negotiations with City Council begin and legislation is introduced to end the use of solitary confinement and eliminate the facility. gang data.
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For years, Ms. Adams, a centrist Democrat with no ties to Mr. Adams, has stood up against police violence. She joined Father Al Sharpton’s National Action Network after police officers killed Amadou Diallo in 1999, and she remains friends with the family of Sean Bell, who was killed by police in 2006.
But as a city councilwoman, she opposes the crackdown on police and says many residents of predominantly Black and Latino neighborhoods affected by gun violence don’t want police officers. reduce the police presence.
“We need to work with the NYPD to let them know that we need community control, that we shouldn’t go to war, and that we need to work together to keep our communities safe, “Mrs. Adams tell my colleague Jeff Mays.
She also demonstrated a willingness to stand with her members against City Hall, such as when Mr. Adams attacked 29 council members who criticized the city’s intention to reinstate solitary confinement in the prison. city.
A more sober start than her predecessor
Ms. Adams, the first Black City Council speaker, began her role with less fanfare than her predecessor, Corey Johnson, who in her first weeks on the job danced in appearances. on a television weather report and post a video of yourself. sing along to Lady Gaga.
By contrast, Ms. Adams has made numerous appearances involving high-profile crimes. Last month, she spoke at the memorial service for Michelle Alyssa Go, who was shoved to death at a Times Square subway station. She later appeared at a vigil for an 11-month-old girl who was shot in the face in the Bronx.
Days later, Mrs. Adams attended the private funeral of two policemen killed in Harlem.
Mr Adams and Ms Hochul’s Friday announcement included plans to create a “comprehensiveness” of police in the metro, with the deployment of officers and mental health workers in teams aimed at efforts eliminate more than 1,000 chronically homeless. shelter in the subway system.
Miniature for weekend attacks
But only two of the eight attacks over the weekend involved homeless people – one of them was the victim, the other was the attacker, police said. Some of the incidents involved theft or disputes on trains, and it’s unclear if mental illness played a role in any of that.
There was little pattern to the attacks, which police said lasted Friday night, when a 31-year-old man was stabbed in the left forearm in Morningside Heights on southbound train No. The man he had asked to stop smoking, left early. Monday morning, when a 30-year-old woman was stabbed in the face by a small metal pipe on the southbound No. 4 train in the Bronx.
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Park Slope and Staten Island: an unlikely political marriage
New congressional maps drawn up recently by Democratic leaders have unexpectedly produced oddities about politically skewed neighborhoods.
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Check out the newly rebuilt Congressional District 11, now shared by some of the city’s most conservative voting blocks, on Staten Island and liberal blocks in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
“They put two communities together that really have nothing in common other than they all live in the same city,” said City Councilman David Carr, a Staten Island Republican. “In terms of values, in terms of benefits, they couldn’t be further apart. And they have created a county that will be at war with itself forever. “
For years, the area was anchored on Staten Island, dotted with parts of the more conservative southern Brooklyn area. But the Brooklyn part now includes more neighborhoods with affluent liberal voters and younger left-wing activists.
To capture the reaction, my colleague Katie Glueck talk to voters at Park Slope Food Coop, the famously liberal grocery store in Brooklyn, where, as Katie wrote, “a sense of society pervades every aisle.”
Of Staten Island, “I don’t want to say it, they’re one of the five counties, but they sound like an alien,” said Pamela Plunkett, 57, a Park Sloper, adding that she was “worried.” worry about being grouped with them. “
Across the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, Katie also spoke to diners at Original Goodfella’s, a popular Staten Island pizzeria decorated with photographs of Republican politicians.
Carlo D’Angelo, 28, a Trump supporter, defined Park Slope as “the younger crowd with the yuppies, the hipsters.” When asked about who won the 2020 presidential election, D’Angelo said, “Only the man in the sky, only God knows.”
Bill de Blasio, a Park Slope resident who until recently considered running as a Democrat to represent the area, is immortalized at Goodfella’s, which houses a framed screen about the fork the former mayor used to eat pizza instead of picking it up with his hands. He has never lived such disappointment.
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