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NYC Mayor Eric Adams’ subway safety plans call for outreach workers, including school nurses


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new York City Mayor Eric Adams announced a plan on Friday to send teams of outreach workers, cops and mental health experts to tackle homelessness and rampant crime in subways.

He called the public transit system “the lifeblood of our city” and recalled when subways were at their most dangerous in the 1980s, when people couldn’t get around safely.

“A lot of us are feeling, and the numbers are saying, we’re back, and it’s imperative that we have the right response,” Adams told reporters at the Fulton Transit Center near City Hall in the Lower Manhattan, flanked by Governor Kathy Hochul and other officials. . “We are going to make sure that fear is not the reality of New York.”

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His administration’s “subway safety plan” will deploy 30 joint response teams to do direct outreach to homeless and mentally ill people on the subway, according to a news release.

Michelle Go, left, and Simon Martial, right, after being apprehended for her murder.
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Adams said officers will be trained to enforce transit rules that prevent passengers from sleeping in multiple seats, displaying aggressive behavior and creating unsanitary conditions. He also said all passengers will have to leave the station when a train reaches the end of a line.

The plan includes an expansion of services for the homeless and people with mental illness.

NYC Mayor Eric Adams’ subway safety plans call for outreach workers, including school nurses

Model Bew Jirajariywetch was robbed and assaulted on the subway in November by alleged suspect Kevin Douglas.

“It is cruel and inhumane to allow homeless people to live on the subway, and unfair to pay passengers and transit workers who deserve a clean, orderly and safe environment,” Adams said at the conference. release a day after a man was stabbed in an unprovoked attack on the L train in Manhattan. “The days of turning a blind eye to this growing problem are over.”

The city and MTA have begun recruiting Health Department nurses who work in public schools to participate in the program, according to the New York Post, which was first to report on the mayor’s initiative.

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The outreach teams, who are undergoing special training, will begin their work on February 2.

The move comes after Michelle Go, 40, was pushed in front of an R train in Times Square on January 15. Simon Martial, 61, who is homeless and mentally ill, has been charged with second degree murder for his senseless murder. The next day, Adams insisted that the subways were safe, but later backtracked on those statements.

Earlier this month, a man allegedly attempted to rape a 21-year-old woman in broad daylight on a train in Lower Manhattan.

Model Bew Jirajariywetch was robbed and assaulted on the subway in November by alleged suspect Kevin Douglas.

An NYPD detective told Fox News Digital the plan was ill-conceived. “We don’t have enough manpower to do that,” he said. “The subways are too big and there aren’t enough cops.”

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He added that this puts the police in a position to keep clinicians safe. “Now the officer has to worry not only for himself, but also for the safety of the outreach workers accompanying them,” he said.

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