Mayor Adams hears residents’ safety concerns at first community conversations meeting

New York Mayor Eric Adams met with New Yorkers in Brooklyn on Wednesday for the first of his community conversations about public safety.

The Mayor and more than 15 representatives from municipal agencies gathered at Boys and Girls High School in Bedford–Stuyvesant.

The mayor says communication and partnership between elected officials and community members is key to improving the city.

Residents spoke at the meeting to voice their concerns for the community. They addressed a variety of issues, including violence, homelessness, elder safety, school safety, maternal morbidity, summer programs for youth, and the city’s role in the negative impacts of social media.

Adams focused on a major problem plaguing the city: gun violence.

“This gun violence takes too many family members. We can live in a town where 50 people get shot. We can’t live in a town where young people take a gun faster than an iPad,” says- he. “And that’s why we’re here today. It’s time for adults to start that conversation and we’re going to do it again with all the young people.

NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell and NYC Schools Chancellor David Banks also attended the event to listen to questions and concerns.

Adams concluded the first of his public safety community conversation meetings by assuring the crowd that “we’re going to do this.”

The mayor said Wednesday’s meeting was the first in a long series. He says he plans to hold smaller, more intimate community meetings in the future, and to host one made up of just city youth.