Adrienne Adams, a city council member, said the mayor’s plan to reduce gun violence and keep city streets safe this summer is not moving fast enough.
“We were promised a safe summer, it is June 20 and summer is getting anything but safer,” the council woman said at a press conference in Rochdale, Queens.
Adams is also the chairman of the public safety council.
She was joined by Senator Chuck Schumer, Congressman Gregory Meeks and community groups from Queens in calling on local and federal governments to do their part to keep people safe this summer.
“I join all of my colleagues here in our quest for safe streets, and we in Washington are doing all we can to help in the quest for the hat,” added Senator Schumer.
In April, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the Safe Summer NYC plan, but Adams wonders when that work will begin.
“We were very excited about it when it was deployed. Especially with the increase in violence right now. We just need the powers that be to implement this great plan that has been promised to our community, ”said Adams.
Safe Summer NYC aims to deter gun violence with community investments, as well as strategic and targeted policing.
However, this weekend alone there were at least 13 gunshots, injuring at least 16 and killing at least one person.
Lance Feurtado is the executive director of the King of Kings Foundation, a Queens-based violence interruption group.
They are one of two new groups that Blasio’s administration has added to the city’s crisis management system network.
“We need more help. It takes us collectively, ”said Feurtado.
Adams says the violence switches have been very effective in deterring crime.
As of 2010, groups like the King of Kings are now working in 22 parts of the city.
But Adams says they need more now to deal with the increase in violence.
“They can do the job like no one else can.”
We have contacted City Hall for comment, but have yet to receive a response.