New York City Mayor Eric Adams was photographed this morning by British pop star Lily Allen riding the city’s subway this morning as he showed solidarity with strap-hangers amid a spike in crime.
The mayor took the 6 train and greeted commuters to reassure the public as crime rises in the New York City subway, including a spate of terrifying “push” attacks.
Mayor Adams was pictured on the train by Lily Allen, the London-born singer who is married to Stranger Things star David Harbour.
She captioned her Instagram post: ‘Oh hai Eric Adams @nycmayor on the 6.’
The mayor, in a baseball cap and a jacket with the city seal on it, read on his iPad while holding a homemade smoothie.
Adams, himself a former NYPD agent, has been accused of riding the rails as a publicity stunt.
He recently sparked anger after blaming news outlets for a worsening “perception” of crime in the subways with grim reports of multiple serious attacks.
But official data from the NYPD shows that transit crimes have indeed increased by as much as 41 percent year-on-year. This year, there have been more than 1,800 transit crimes so far this year, compared to just over 1,300 in the same period of 2021.
British singer Lily Allen shared a photo of Mayor Adams on train 6 . on Tuesday morning
Allen rose to fame as a pop star in the UK in the early 2000s
Meanwhile, subway homicides have risen to the highest level in 25 years, with nine reported so far this year.
The number of attacks on the subway system is also up 17 percent from the same time last year, with 431 attacks reported on Oct. 16 compared to 370 at the same time last year.
But Mayor Adams has claimed there is just a “perception” that crime is spiraling out of control in the subways, even when he and New York government Kathy Hochul announced they would be adding more police to patrol the system.
His office also shared official photos from his trip this morning, including photos of Adams meeting police officers and commuters.
The rise in crime has prompted New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority to ask state judges to ban felons attacking fellow passengers from the subway system and impose a block on sex fiends and those who assault staff.
Transit crime in New York City is up 41.7 percent this year, with 1,865 incidents so far in 2022
The mayor’s office also shared photos from his trip, which took place amid a worrying crime wave
Adams met with commuters and police in a show of solidarity amid subway safety fears
The mayor has claimed there is just a ‘perception’ that crime is spiraling out of control in the subway
Mayor Adams was pictured on the train by Lily Allen, the London-born singer who is married to Stranger Things star David Harbor
Chairman Janno Lieber on Monday called on state authorities to extend a 2020 law banning people convicted of sex crimes on the subway or assaulting transit workers to those who assault their fellow passengers.
In his letter, Lieber urged New York state judges to extend a 2020 law that would allow judges to ban people from public transportation if convicted of illegal sexual conduct while using the system. or for attacking MTA employees.
“The current statute is clearly too narrow,” Lieber wrote in his letter to the New York State District Attorneys in the metropolitan area.
He then asked prosecutors to promote a policy of “pursuing transit bans in appropriate cases, including through advocacy agreements,” and to appoint associates to work with MTA’s legal department.
Hours after the letter was sent, New York police were able to track down a career criminal who was caught on surveillance video Friday pushing an innocent bystander onto the subway tracks.
Lamale McRae, 41, pushed David Martin, 32, on subway tracks Friday, authorities said
The shocking attack, the 13th ‘shoving’ incident this year, sparked a massive manhunt for the perpetrator
Authorities say Lamale McRae, 41, pushed 32-year-old David Martin on Friday on the northbound L train tracks of the Wyckoff Avenue and Myrtle Avenue subway stations in Brooklyn.
He was seen on security footage wearing a yellow sweatshirt under a black jacket as he watched Martin, in a black jacket and jeans, pass by on the busy lane.
McRae then drops the gray backpack he’s carrying, looks both ways – as if to make sure there’s no police on the scene – before sprinting and tackling Martin, shouldering and handing the victim. tries to hit his feet.
Martin then fell sideways and tumbled onto the subway rails, leaving his sunglasses behind on the busy track.
At that point, the attacker runs back to where he left his backpack and escaped through the turnstiles.
Martin now suffers from a broken collarbone and a swollen face. with his mother revealing that he is so traumatized that he is suicidal.
He is now the 13th victim this year to be pushed onto the New York City subway tracks after 48-year-old Heriberto Quintana was hit by an F train in Queens on Oct. 17.
The NYPD has added about 1,200 officers a day to subway stations amid the rise in crime
The mayor has refused to admit there is a problem with crime in the subway.
In a recent interview with CNN’s Chris Wallace on his new show Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace, Adams said, “We average less than six crimes a day on a subway system with 3.5 million passengers.
“But if you’re writing your story based on a story, you’re going to look at those six crimes and put them on the front pages of your newspaper every day.
“So I’m dealing with those six crimes a day — felony crimes — and the perception of fear.”