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Eric Adams says commuters feel “safer” on the subway after more cops have been added, despite recent incidents.

Hizzoner says the New York subway safety plan is on the right track.

Mayor Adams appeared on national and local morning talk shows Wednesday to say hangers are enjoying a “cleaner” and “safer” subway system, despite high-profile incidents such as the recent beating of a local meteorologist.

The Democrat appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and WABC’s “Sid & Friends In The Morning” to talk about the results of his subway safety initiative, which flooded the system with 1,200 cops in the fall.

Adams said most of the city’s 2.9 million subway passengers travel safely every day. Crime in the public transit system is down 28% this year compared to last year, according to NYPD statistics, and cops were making an average of six felony arrests in the system this year, according to the NYPD.


Photograph of Mayor Adams.
Mayor Adams said hangers enjoy a “cleaner” and “safer” subway system despite high-profile crime.
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The police approached the sleeping man on the train
The NYPD sent 1,200 officers to patrol the subway in October as the criminal underworld became a political issue during the election season.
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“They say they feel more secure. They think it’s cleaner there,” Adams said on MSNBC, referring to the results of a yet-to-be-released MTA poll.

“They feel they are seeing fewer people with mental illness that they cannot take care of themselves. We have taken a very strong position: we are not going to lose sight of people who meet these criteria.”

The charm offensive continued on the air, where Adams said his new push to have cops arrest the unbalanced people living in the system and take them to hospitals for a psychiatric evaluation didn’t go far enough.


Crowds of cops on a subway platform behind a crime scene tape
A group of police officers responded to an unidentified man, declared dead, possibly by suicide, on the subway system in November.
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Photo of policemen looking at the man who was attacked.
Public transit crime is down 28% this year compared to last year, according to NYPD statistics.
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A new NYPD proposal to issue costly subpoenas to the homeless to get them off the subway system and into the criminal justice system was reviewed last week after Adam’s November initiative drew widespread criticism from advocates and at least one lawsuit. .

“You know what’s really hard? When we see this homeless person and we know he can’t take care of himself, some of our laws prevent us from doing forced removal, which is necessary,” Adams told radio host Sid Rosenberg.

“Police officer[s] there’s nothing we can do if a person is unattended, in our subway system and sitting in our subway system, and we know that person needs some extra {help].”

The mayor cited the recent attack on Fox News meteorologist Adam Klotz, who police said was attacked by a group of teenagers while riding Train 1 in Manhattan early Saturday morning.

Police at the scene where two people were stabbed on the subway at 110th Street and Lenox Avenue in New York City.

Police at the scene where two people were stabbed on the subway at 110th Street and Lenox Avenue in New York City.


The NYPD patrols the Fulton St. subway station.  in New York.

Adams said most of the city’s 2.9 million subway passengers travel safely every day.


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Koltz brags about his bruised face on Instagram
TV presenter Adam Koltz said he was attacked by a group of teenagers on a Manhattan train last week. According to police, three defendants in the case were detained and released.
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Klotz said the beating began when he tried to stop the group from setting the man’s hair on fire. The three alleged attackers – aged between 15 and 17 – were arrested and released because they were minors, police said.

“Sometimes when those terrible incidents happen, the accident that happened to the news reporter, sometimes when it happens and then we see a visible mess, we start to feel unsafe in the process,” Adams said.

“But these customer surveys say, ‘Hey, we like what we see. We liked how they made the subway security plan. We are moving in the right direction.”

Officials did not immediately respond to a request to view a customer satisfaction survey championed by the mayor.

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