The dream of New York City mayor Eric Adams to get assurance from state lawmakers to amend two criminal justice reform laws that he has blamed for the city’s recent spike in shootings and other violent crimes did not materialize on Monday at Albany.
Adams decided to visit the state Capitol to push for some changes on the state Legislature’s 2020 bail reforms and 2017 “Raise the Age” legislation.
In his earlier crime plan, Adams cited the two justice reforms as part of the reasons why crimes surge in the Big Apple.
In his talk with reporters after visiting Albany, Adams admits his quest to reverse the criminal justice reforms did not gain support from the lawmakers.
“If I am not getting the things I laid out in the blueprint, I still have the obligation to keeping the city safe. That’s why we are putting in place our anti-gun unit, that’s why we’re going to go after the causes and feeds of crime,” Adams, a retired NYPD captain said.
“I can’t turn around and say, ‘Well I didn’t get help from different places, so now my city is not safe.’ Nope, I’m not accepting that. My job is to make New Yorkers safe, that’s my job. If I get help from other places, that’s fine. Without that help, I still must make sure that New Yorkers are safe, and I’m not going to use any excuse for not doing that,” Adams added.