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Mayor Adams tries to boost NYPD morale in surprise precinct visit

Mayor Eric Adams made a surprise visit to a Bronx precinct Friday to try to boost NYPD morale as the city reels from mass cop resignations and a crime wave.

Adams’ unscheduled appearance occurred at an event held by his police commissioner, Keechant Sewell, who was at the 43rd Precinct to announce the promotions of two hero cops for their role in taking down the ex-con who fatally shot Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo six years ago.

Hizzoner addressed precinct officers during their morning roll call.

“We wanted to come up and say thank you,” said the mayor, an ex-cop himself. “The commissioner and I inherited a city where the morale was just really destroyed. And many of you are out there every day — every time you took the wrong action, you were receiving mixed signals and didn’t know any level of clarity on doing your job.”

“Anytime something was posted on social media that got only a portion of what actually happened, people turned against you,” Adams said. “And we were clear from Day One: We are not going to send you out on the front line and leave you out there, and you responded.

Sewell and Adams addressed 43rd Precinct cops Friday morning to boost morale and promote two of them for their heroic actions.
Mayor Adams addresses 43rd Precinct cops alongside NYPD Commish Keechant Sewell on Friday to boost morale and promote two of the officers for heroics.
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“Homicides are down,” he said. “Shootings are down. Even in the last month or so, felony assaults are down. We are slowly, block by block, taking our city back, and no one knows that more than the Bronx and what’s happening up here.”

His comments come as killings in the New York City subway system since 2020 have skyrocketed to the highest annual levels in 25 years, even amid plummeting ridership numbers. 

The 43rd Precinct officers were gathered at morning roll when Mayor Adams made a surprise appearance.
The 43rd Precinct officers gather at morning roll call as Mayor Adams makes his surprise appearance.
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Transit crimes in general are up nearly 41 percent year to date, the latest NYPD statistics show. 

The data also show that in general, six of the seven major felony categories are up so far this year in the city, except for murders. 

Overall shooting incidents are down by about 14 percent, and shooting victims by around 13 percent from 2021 to 2022. Shootings are not included in the seven major felony categories.

But the city has recently seen a surge in innocent bystanders struck by stray bullets. 

Sewell also spoke to the cops Friday morning, reminding them of the sixth anniversary of Tuozzolo’s death in the line of duty. 

Officer Elwin Martinez (pictured) was promoted to the role of detective specialist.
Officer Elwin Martinez (pictured with the mayor) is promoted to the role of detective specialist.
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“Every single day, we are asked to do what others will not,” the top cop said. “That is true today, as it was true six years ago today, [when] we lost Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo.

“Lisa lost a husband. Austin and Joseph lost a father,” she said, referring to Tuozzolo’s widow and kids.

She then promoted Officer Elwin Martinez to detective specialist and Sgt. Arvid Flores to a sought-after supervisor role, sergeant of the detective squad, for their role in taking down the fallen cop’s killer.

Both officers “took extraordinary action to stop a threat,” Sewell said. 

Sgt. Arvid Flores (pictured) was promoted to a sought-after supervisor role, sergeant of the detective squad.
Sgt. Arvid Flores (pictured) is elevated to a sought-after supervisor role, sergeant of the detective squad.
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Tuozzolo’s tearful widow, Lisa Tuozzolo, thanked her husband’s brothers in blue for their “love and support and kindness, because I could not raise my two little ones without you.” 

Her young sons were upstairs in their pajamas and did not come down to the roll call. 

She later told The Post that she was “proud” of the promoted officers.

“And they are my heart,” she added, placing her hand on the left side of her chest. 

Lisa Tuozzolo, widow of slain NYPD Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo, told the assembled cops that “I could not raise my two little ones without you.”
Lisa Tuozzolo, widow of slain NYPD Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo, tells the assembled cops, “I could not raise my two little ones without you.”
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“They were with Paul when he died,” she added, tears welling up in her eyes. “They were there to ensure that he was not in pain, and they did everything they could to save him. My words for them are immeasurable.”

Both officers previously received the Medal of Honor — the department’s highest accolade — in 2019.

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