NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Kathy Hochul is vowing to make use of the state police to cease the move of weapons into town after Mayor Eric Adams begged for assist in stopping the pandemic of gun violence that has marred his first three weeks in workplace.
It was surveillance video of an 11-month-old caught in the crossfire of a Bronx gun battle that induced Adams to confess he can’t do it alone, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday.
“We want assist. We want assist from Albany,” Adams mentioned.
Since he took the oath of workplace 20 days in the past, Adams has been whipsawed by gun violence. Three cops have been shot, including one in Staten Island on Thursday morning, a 19-year-old Burger King employee, Kristal Bayron Nieves, was killed by an armed robber, and the 11-month-old shot in the cheek by a stray bullet.
“Sufficient is sufficient,” Adams mentioned.
Kramer took the mayor’s plea for assist on to the governor.
“I ask you, Gov. Hochul, what are you going to do to assist New York Metropolis take care of this unbelievable pandemic of gun crime?” Kramer requested.
The governor mentioned she’s going to ship state police to New York Metropolis to assist the NYPD, plus a brand new gun interdiction initiative to cease weapons from ever reaching the 5 boroughs.
“What we will do greatest is to make use of our state assets, our state police groups, to actually go into locations like Pennsylvania and see the place individuals are loading up trunks with weapons which are authorized there however not authorized within the state of New York,” Hochul mentioned. “If we catch them on the Thruway stops and we cease them earlier than they will even do hurt, then we’re making progress.”
The governor additionally identified that she could have extra success as a result of, not like her predecessor, she is working cooperatively with town.
“The concern is actual and the anxiousness is actual and I’m working now. There has not been a detailed relationship between Albany and town for a very long time. It’s not precisely information right here, however for a decade there has not been that collaboration. We’re on this collectively. That’s what I’m providing the mayor,” Hochul mentioned.
Some say it can additionally take motion from the Legislature.
“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to determine that the beginning of bail reform till now, there’s a direct correlation to shootings, drug dealing and violent crime within the metropolis,” mentioned Paul DiGiacomo, president of the Detectives Endowment Association.
Adams additionally desires to see bail reform modifications, however up to now the state Legislature has been reluctant to take additional steps.