President Joe Biden will travel to New York next week to meet with Mayor Eric Adams about a surge in violent crimes. While the meeting will reportedly focus on gun crime, the city has seen a significant rise in disturbing subway-related attacks despite ridership being down. Assaults and stabbings, at least two fatal, are becoming commonplace with over 461 felony assaults recorded in 2021. Sunday saw yet another unprovoked attack as a 62 year old man was pushed onto the tracks. Though he made contact with the first car of the train, the man was fortunately able to escape with a leg injury. It was a different story for Michelle Go, who was pushed to her death on January 15th.
Still, the focus of Biden’s trip will be primarily gun crime. According to NBC New York:
Biden spoke with Adams by telephone on Monday night to offer his condolences over last Friday’s shooting of New York Police Department Officers Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said this week. Psaki said the president told Adams, who has held office for less than a month, that he is committed to being a strong federal partner for New York City and other jurisdictions that have been struggling with increased gun crime during the past two years.
In anticipation of Biden’s visit, Adams said: “I look forward to welcoming President Biden to New York City next week and sitting down to discuss how we can work collaboratively to end the scourge of gun violence we are seeing on New York City streets.”
Adams unveiled a “Blueprint to End Gun Violence” on Monday, part of which was a renewed call for federal support for universal background checks and an assault weapon ban. The mayor also wants the police department to use facial recognition and other technology to identify people carrying weapons, expand cash rewards for tipsters who share information on gun-related crimes and for the city to help businesses pay to install surveillance cameras.
According to NYPD crime stats there were 485 reported murders in 2021, an increase of 52% from 2019.