Mayor Adams hears residents' safety concerns face-to-face at 1st Community Conversations meeting
New York City Mayor Eric Adams sat down with New Yorkers in Brooklyn on Wednesday for the first of his Community Conversations on Public Safety.
The mayor and over 15 representatives from city agencies gathered at Boys and Girls High School in Bedford–Stuyvesant.
The mayor says communication and partnership between elected officials and community members is the key to improving the city.
Residents spoke up at the meeting to make their concerns for the community heard. They touched on various issues, including violence, homelessness, senior safety, school safety, maternal morbidity, summer youth programs and the city's role in the negative impacts social media is playing.
Adams focused on one major issue plaguing the city — gun violence.
"This gun violence is taking too many family members. We can live in a city where 50 people are getting shot. We can't live in a city where young people pick up a gun faster than an iPad,” he says. “And that is why we are here today. It's time for the adults to engage in this conversation and we are going to do this again with all young people."
NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell and NYC Schools Chancellor David Banks also took part in the event to listen to questions and concerns.
Adams wrapped up the first of his Community Conversations on Public Safety meetings by ensuring the crowd that, “we are going to get it done.”
The mayor says Wednesday’s meeting was the first of many. He says he plans to set up smaller and more intimate community meetings in the future, and to hold one made up solely of the city's young people.