MTA interim Transit President Sarah Feinberg on Friday slammed Mayor Bill de Blasio for the recent surge in subway violence, saying such crimes might be prevented with extra cops on the rails.
Feinberg stated in a press release that the latest subway assaults – which she described as “five very serious armed robbery and slashing incidents at stations on the same line” – “all seemingly may have been prevented by a uniformed presence on every of those platforms.
“The responsibility for these vicious attacks does not fall on an already strapped police department – it falls on City Hall and the individuals who are taking advantage of the mayor’s negligence on the issue,” Feinberg railed.
Feinberg stated of de Blasio, “If he wanted a wake-up name, that is it. Enough is sufficient.
“The mayor is risking New York’s recovery every time he lets these incidents go by without meaningful action.”
Her company identified within the assertion that the mayoral candidates vying to succeed de Blasio “said they would answer the MTA’s call for additional resources to address crime” throughout Thursday night time’s first debate for the Democratic nomination for mayor.
Those candidates, the MTA stated, have been Eric Adams, Shaun Donovan, Kathryn Garcia, Ray McGuire and Andrew Yang.
De Blasio spokesman Bill Neidhardt fired back at the transit agency in a tweet, “MTA jumped the shark with an overtly political assertion.
“Their response to stabbings is to endorse a shortlist of mayoral candidates?” Neidhardt stated. “Taking political swipes on the mayor with out a point out of a 500 officer surge on high of a 2,500-strong transit pressure.
“Politics before facts,” Neidhardt stated.
Police say thugs randomly attacked 5 strangers throughout a terrifying 12-minute span alongside three totally different subway stops early Friday in Manhattan, slashing 4 individuals and punching one other.
The assaults come amid per week of rampant violence on the rails.
Tony Utano, president of Transport Workers Union Local 100, additionally ripped de Blasio in a press release, putting the blame squarely on him for the subway crime spate.
“Since last Sunday, there have been 15 serious assaults with knives, razors and fists on New York City transit riders and transit workers. God only knows what the weekend will bring,” Utano stated.
“These incidents are unfortunately no longer about the crimes, or criminals, or the victims. They are about one guy, who could take action, but refuses to do so. And by this criminal inaction, Mayor de Blasio has created a crisis of confidence in our transit system,” he stated.
“The blood of those victims is on Mayor de Blasio’s fingers.
“New York transit riders and transit workers deserve better. When the Mayor takes the subway, he is escorted by NYPD detectives, and he cluelessly declares that the subways are safe,” Utano stated. “We need a large, visible police presence in the subways riding the trains and patrolling the platforms at all times of the day.”
Utano charged that de Blasio “has obviously checked out on New York” and may step down as mayor.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a front-runner within the race for mayor, on Friday repeated his requires extra cops within the metropolis’s subway system.
“These attacks on the subway this week, and the massive increase in crime over the last few months, should disturb and anger all New Yorkers,” Adams stated.
“We should face it: Crime will not be getting higher; it’s getting worse. This can not proceed. I’ve stated it time and time once more: Public security is the prerequisite to prosperity.
“On Monday, I stood with TWU Local 100 workers to call for more police officers on our subway system and serious mental health resources, so that New Yorkers can feel safe enough to ride our subways again. This must happen immediately,” Adams stated.