This week, elected officials, civic leaders and labor heads got together to discuss New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ “blueprint” to end gun violence.
Earlier this week, New York City Mayor Eric Adams met with all five borough district attorneys to discuss gun violence due to the high-profile shootings of police officers and innocent civilians.
In a joint statement, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, and Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon said that all parties involved were satisfied with the conversation.
“Today, Mayor Eric Adams and District Attorneys Alvin Bragg, Darcel Clark, Eric Gonzalez, Melinda Katz, and Michael McMahon met in City Hall,” read the statement. “The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the mutually shared goals of keeping New Yorkers safe, particularly from the rising toll of gun crimes. The conversation was wide-ranging, candid, and productive. The mayor and district attorneys agreed that, among other things, safety and justice are not mutually exclusive, and must go hand in hand.”
In a statement, SEIU 32BJ President Kyle Bragg stated that all New Yorkers want to stay safe, but everyone must be policed the same.
“The crisis of illegal guns in New York City is persistent, and its consequences are all too pervasive in our communities,” said Bragg. “If we’re going to be a city where everyone gets a fair chance to make it, all New Yorkers need to be safe and secure. We have to attack the seeds of violence before they bloom, and we need to rely on trusted stakeholders to help lead the charge. That’s a key component to the mayor’s plan, among others, and we’re glad to see a laser focus on rooting out gun violence once and for all.”
The mayor stayed busy working with others to keep his tentacles all over the city’s movement.
In an open letter for hundreds of labor leaders, civic leaders and businesses, Adams spoke of his plan to end gun violence.
In the letter, Adams reminded the public of what they’ve been through the past three years and why they shouldn’t deal with anything else.
“Our city is coming out of a long period of uncertainty and trauma,” read the letter. “The pandemic has frayed the social safety net at every level and has had a lasting and damaging impact on our justice system. Our court system is operating at a fraction of its previous capacity, and it has put our communities at risk. In the first half of 2019, New York City courts rendered 405 criminal verdicts. In the first half of 2021, these same courts rendered only 18. There is currently a backlog of 4,000 gun cases in the New York state court system.
“To our lawyers, our legal aids, our defenders: I strongly encourage ALL of us to get back to work,” the mayor continued. “And we must immediately look at the things that are holding us up including changing the current social distancing requirements.”
The plan got the approval of union leaders.
“On our buses, in the subway, and in the neighborhoods where we live, transit workers see the need to improve public safety every single day,” said Tony Utano, president, TWU Local 100. “All branches of government must step up and take action, and that includes addressing the mental health crisis more effectively. The mayor’s plan is a big step in the right direction.”