New York City set to bolster police presence in the subway system as part of efforts to crack down on transit crime

New York state and city officials are bolstering their efforts to combat crime and mental illness in New York City’s subway system with an increased police presence and new training for officers on engaging with homeless individuals.

Gov. Kathy Hochul spoke at a news conference Saturday about the plans to increase subway safety, alongside New York City Mayor Eric Adams, New York Police Department Commissioner Keechant Sewell and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chair and CEO Janno Lieber.

In recent weeks, Hochul has been hammered by Rep. Lee Zeldin, the Republican nominee for governor of New York, over public safety. The gubernatorial election is just over two weeks away, on November 8.

The new initiatives will include a significant investment from the state’s public emergency fund to support a surge of roughly 1,200 additional overtime officer shifts on subway platforms and trains each day. However, officials did not say how much money the city will receive as part of the investment.

Gov. Kathy Hochul spoke at a news conference Saturday about the plans to increase subway safety, alongside New York City Mayor Eric Adams, New York Police Department Commissioner Keechant Sewell and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chair and CEO Janno Lieber.

In recent weeks, Hochul has been hammered by Rep. Lee Zeldin, the Republican nominee for governor of New York, over public safety. The gubernatorial election is just over two weeks away, on November 8.

The new initiatives will include a significant investment from the state’s public emergency fund to support a surge of roughly 1,200 additional overtime officer shifts on subway platforms and trains each day. However, officials did not say how much money the city will receive as part of the investment. Continue Reading

(SOURCE) https://www.cnn.com/2022/10/22/us/new-york-city-subway-safety-plan/index.html

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