Forerunner of New York Mayor Eric Adams, blast of lame duck Mayor Bill de Blasio’s crime-ridden Big Apple as he vows to deal with violent villains: ‘Nobody wants to do business in the city’
- NYC Mayor Hopeful Eric Adams Said Crime Affects Business in the City
- “We are defined as a business-friendly city rather than a business-friendly city,” Adams said on Bloomberg radio Friday.
- His comments come less than 48 hours after two masked men carried out a brutal armed robbery outside an upscale Manhattan restaurant.
- One man was shot and another was robbed of his Rolex
- Adams said he plans to re-establish the NYPD’s anti-gun and plainclothes unit to attack gangs and take guns off the streets as part of his plan to curb violence.
New York City mayor, hopeful Eric Adams, reprimanded current Mayor Bill de Blasio for letting crime devastate the city, while the former NYPD captain vowed to crack down on violent criminals while visiting a trendy restaurant that the location was from a recent high-profile robbery.
“Right now nobody wants to do business in the city,” Adams said Friday on Bloomberg Radio — less than 48 hours after masked men with guns attacked random outdoor diners at the popular Philippe Chow restaurant on Manhattan’s East Side.
One patron was shot in the leg during a fight for the gun, while a second patron was robbed of his Rolex. Neither victim knew each other.
“We are defined as a business-friendly city rather than a business-friendly city,” Adams said.
The outgoing Brooklyn borough president — which much prefers the November general election to Republican opponent Curtis Sliwa — said business leaders have asked him to focus on reducing crime in the Big Apple.
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Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams had lunch with Philippe Chow on Thursday, the day after the brutal armed robbery
Police said a 28-year-old man was dining outside Philippe Chow when an armed man stepped to his table shortly after 10pm and demanded his watch and shot him in the leg during a struggle for the gun. Another patron was robbed of his Rolex
“What have I heard over and over in all the meetings? Public safety,” Adams said during his radio appearance.
And that includes mending the broken relationship between the mayor’s office and New York City’s police unions.
During his Thursday lunchtime visit to Philippe Chow, Adams said: ‘This is not a crime scene restaurant, but it is simply unacceptable for someone to come over and attempt a robbery while you sit down and enjoy a meal.
“Our restaurants are really the measure of how well we are recovering. And I keep saying that the precondition for our prosperity is public safety.’
He outlined his plan to curtail violence, including re-establishing the NYPD’s weapons unit and the plainclothes unit to attack gangs and take guns off the streets.
The two masked gunmen and a getaway driver are still at large, the NYPD said at a news conference Thursday afternoon.
The man who was shot is reportedly in hospital in stable condition.
Police Chief James Essig is looking at other “known, similar patterns in the precinct” to see if the robbers’ MO matches other robberies.
Like many metropolitan cities in the US, crime in New York City is still high, but has recently leveled off after a bloody summer, starting in 2021.
General,. According to the most recent crime data from the NYPD, crime is down 0.9 percent year-over-year, homicides are down 4.4 percent and robberies are down 1.4 percent.
There is one less shooting victim this year (1,341) than last year (1,342).
But crimes have increased by 5.9 percent and rape by 3.7 percent.
The statistics compare to 2020, one of the deadliest years in New York City in the past two decades.
The homicide rate alone rose from 319 in 2019 to 468 in 2020 – a peak of 47 percent.
Right now in 2019 there were 229 homicides and in 2018 there were 223 homicides.