Hochul, Adams give progress report on subway safety initiatives
Mayor Eric Adams, Gov. Kathy Hochul and other leaders delivered a “progress report” on their Cops, Camera and Care initiative for subway safety.
Adams and Hochul hailed the program, which launched in October, as a success at Fulton Center Friday. It included a push to outfit subway cars with cameras in the near future, mental health intervention and added 1,200 NYPD overtime shifts to patrol stations.
Officials said major crime is down 28% since the program launched, and that MTA surveys showed riders feeling safer.
"You're sitting down on the subway and you're reading about someone getting attacked, that begins to play on your psyche,” said Adams. “And we knew the best way to deescalate that anxiety was this."
The additional overtime hours for NYPD staffing have racked up a price tag of $62 million, according to Hochul. She says there is no revenue source for that spending at this time.