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New York City Mayor Eric Adams said he doesn’t “feel safe” on the subway at a news conference, and admitted that New Yorkers don’t feel safe either, three days after a woman was killed by a homeless man who pushed her onto the tracks just as a train was entered the subway platform.
“Day One, January 1, when I took the train, I saw the homelessness, the yelling, the screaming early in the morning,” the mayor said, describing the large number of homeless people who walk through the subway stations and wagons, sometimes in an aggressive attitude.
“We know we have a job to do — and we’re going to do both. We’re going to drive down crime, and we’re going to make sure New Yorkers feel safe in our subway system. And they don’t feel that way now. I don’t feel that way when I take the train every day, or when I’m moving throughout our transportation system,” the mayor admitted.
The event that has shocked the city took place last Saturday morning: a 61-year-old homeless man apparently chose his victim randomly, a 40-year-old woman who was alone on the platform of the central Times Square station, and pushed her onto the track just as the train was speeding into the station, causing her instant death.
The man got in another car and later turned himself into the police after confessing his crime. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, he has spent twenty years of his life with frequent visits to psychiatric hospitals.
Insecurity was one of the topics Adams repeated the most in his election campaign for mayor, always highlighting his past as a police officer and promising to end crime.
In the days prior to the attack, the mayor had announced the deployment of additional police officers in the busiest stations.