New York:____ Eric Adams detailed the clearest vision for stopping crime, rebooting our economy, and New York’s future tonight during the first New York City mayoral debate.
Eric’s 30 plus years of experience and his undeniable record of getting things done in New York City was on full display as he discussed police reform, public safety and COVID-19 economic recovery and education.
Eric on Public Safety and Policing:
“We must fight violence with prevention and intervention. Prevention, those are the long-term programs that you hear about, and they’re great. But we have to deal with intervention. We have gun violence now. If we don’t re-institute a plain-clothes unit, not an anti-crime version, but well-trained police officers to go after gang behavior and stop the gun flow into the city, we will lose more young people.”
Eric on COVID-19 Recovery and the Economy:
“We don’t just have an employment problem, we have a real skills problem. I’m going to fill that gap by having a universal application process to allow men and women throughout the city to fill out that application, partner with the business community to determine what jobs are needed, and work with my workforce development unit to use technology to bring up the skills that we desire.”
Eric on Education:
“If you don’t educate, you will incarcerate. Sixty-five percent of Black and brown children don’t meet proficiency every year. We have to return the joy of learning in school. We must have universal testing for dyslexia; 35% of the prison population is dyslexic. We must evaluate fair student funding—and not only look at inside the schools, but what the conditions around the schools are. Then we must evaluate individual children, not only what they learn but how they learn.”