New York City Mayor Eric Adams recently voiced opposition to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other “Defund the Police” proponents. He said that now, more than ever, New Yorkers must express their support for the NYPD as police officers struggle to reduce violent crime. As he negotiates a new $100 billion budget with the City Council, Adams is leading a public relations effort to push not just New Yorkers, but all Americans, to support the police in the wake of the city’s and nation’s gun-related homicides.
During a ceremony at Gracie Mansion on Tuesday night, the mayor made an impassioned appeal to Jewish New Yorkers. During the Jewish Heritage event, Adams stated, “Everyone silently tells us to support the police. We cannot do this with a whisper. This community knows how important law enforcement is.” Adding that, “It is time for us to go on a major public relations campaign and tell the entire city and country we support our police. We want our police to do their job. Every billboard would talk about that. Every newspaper should have ads inside them. Radio shows, you should talk about supporting the police. Your Twitter handle….If we can’t live safely in the city free from violence, then we are prisoners in the city that we love.”
His remarks followed the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas and was just hours after a serial criminal was apprehended for shooting and killing an innocent man on the subway. The event was attended by a cross-section of the city’s diverse Jewish population. Most attendees hailed Adams’ pro-cop message. Police commissioner Keechant Sewell was also present and addressed the crowd.
It’s unclear if Adams will commit city resources to any pro-police public relations effort or would just encourage others to do so. After the event, City Hall spokesperson Fabien Levy stated the mayor was “starting a conversation.” Adams’ pro-cop message was mixed up with some fun at the Gracie Mansion affair. Shulem Lemmer, a Hasidic singer, sang classics such as Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” and Billy Joel’s “Piano Man.”