New York City Mayor Eric Adams said white reporters and editors misinterpreted stories about him fighting a crackdown on state bail reform laws after his trip to Albany on Monday.
Adams, 61, met with Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Histie to discuss abolishing the bail system as the city faces a 40 percent increase in crime this year.
While Adams said the meeting was constructive, his visit was described as a failure by news outlets after members of the Assembly said they would “hold the stance” on bail reform and Hochul announced that bail reform law revision probably wouldn’t will be included in this year’s annual report. budget.
Adams suggested that the negative coverage was due to a lack of communication between New York City’s second black mayor and white reporters and editors, and threatened to cut off communication with the press and no longer answer off-topic questions if the negative coverage continued.
“I’m not saying this out of hate, I’m saying this out of love,” Adams told reporters Tuesday afternoon. “I am a black mayor, but my story is being interpreted by people who are not like me. We have to be honest about this.”
New York City Mayor Eric Adams accused white reporters and editors of negative press coverage of his fight against bail reform on Monday.
Mayor Adams (left) with New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Cousins (center) and New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Histie (right). Although he called the talks constructive, they were ultimately unsuccessful.
Despite Adams’ trip (pictured), New York Assembly members said they would “keep the line” on bail reform, and Hochul announced that bail reform legislation would likely not be included in this year’s annual budget.
During a press conference, Adams said that the stories written about his trip to Albany were not made for the New Yorkers he fought for.
“You don’t write for people who were almost homeless like me,” he said. “You don’t write for people who have been arrested or beaten by the police. You don’t write stories for those who deal with high crime.
— You write things through your prisms. And I’m not saying this to attack, but my administration is going to be saying the obvious that other people are uncomfortable with.
“Discomfort is growth,” he added.
He also urged the media to diversify their newsrooms and have more reporters and editors of color to better cover his story.
“That’s why I’m covered the way I’m covered,” he said. “We really need to stop distorting the news.”
Adams pushed for lawmakers to allow judges to consider defendants’ “danger” before deciding to release them to deal with New York City’s rising crime rate with high-profile cases involving repeat offenders.
In January, crime in the city rose by 38.5%, and in February it jumped to 41.65%.
All categories of crimes have also increased, except for murders. Felony assaults rose by 13 percent, shooting victims by almost 30, and rape and robbery by about 35 percent.
Adam’s plan comes about when crime of almost all types is on the rise in New York City.
Last week, Adams outlined his plans to amend bail laws that would allow suspects to frequently roam the street for hours after an arrest.
“Let’s get rid of the bail system because you can’t get out of jail just because you can bail. Let’s take this away. The judges should review the case in front of them and say, “This man has two arrests with a firearm, and he keeps telling the townspeople that I don’t care about your safety.” This judge should have the discretion to detain this person.”
Many of the most violent crimes in New York were committed by repeat offenders, and after 48-year-old Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg downgraded many of the crimes to misdemeanors.
Assamad Nash, 25, has been arrested seven times since 2017 and currently has three open cases in Manhattan Criminal Court.
Assamad Nash, 25, is charged with the murder of Christina Yuna Lee, who was stabbed to death in her 5th floor apartment.
Christina Yuna Lee, 35, was stabbed to death in her New York City apartment by a “homeless serial criminal”.
The Albany mayor’s visit came after Christina Yuna Lee, 35, was stabbed to death in her apartment by homeless career criminal Assamad Nash, 25, who followed her upstairs.
She was found dead in a blood-soaked tub in Chinatown.
The mayor himself attended many vigils and funerals for dead New Yorkers, including two NYPD officers Jason Rivera, 22, and his partner Wilbert More, 27, who were both gunned down in Central Harlem.
He also attended vigils for Yao Pan Ma, 61, who fell into a coma after being attacked while picking up cans in East Harlem, and Michelle Alyssa Guo, 40, who was pushed onto the tracks at the Times Square subway station. .