New York City Mayor Eric Adams doubled down on his controversial new policy on the involuntary commitment of mentally ill homeless people, defending himself after the dramatic move drew fire from advocates for the homeless while calling on hospitals to provide more beds for incoming psychiatric patients.
Faced with an ongoing plague of violent crime in his city, including violent subway attacks that have left Gotham’s residents rattled and fearful for their lives, Adams chose to begin rounding up the homeless, unveiling his plan last week much to the dismay of activist left-wingers who howled in protest.
“I’ve been looking at some of the coverage you know, particularly the front page I saw the other day that said ‘flawed’,” Adams said at a press conference. “Let me tell you what’s flawed. Flawed is a city that walks past people who you know cannot take care of their basic needs and they are a danger to themselves.”
“I didn’t become mayor to climb a hill,” he said. “I became mayor to climb a mountain. This is a mountain that I’m climbing.”
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“You all know it, you cover these stories, I don’t know why you’re acting like you don’t know it,” he added, scolding reporters. “There are too many people on our streets that are not capable of taking care of their basic needs and they are a danger to themselves.”
“That is the category,” Adams emphatically stated. “I don’t know why we’re writing these stories that everyone who talks to themselves is going to be taken to a hospital. That is just not true. Everyone who’s livin’ because they’re homeless is gonna be taken to the hospital, that is not true. We have a very specific category that we are looking to see if they are going to go to a hospital and a determination is going to be made if they need additional care, that is what we are accomplishing.
“I didn’t get elected to do an easy task,” added hizzoner. “I got elected to look at these systemic problems that have been in the city for generations.”
Adams also said that he has asked hospitals for additional beds and that many have already agreed, although he didn’t give any actual numbers.
Greater New York Hospital Association President Kenneth Raske expressed support for Adams’ plan but that it isn’t as simple for it to be implemented.
“Psychiatric problems are episodic issues so you can’t just allocate beds,’ Raske said, according to the Daily Mail. ‘The expansion is occurring. But will we have to wrestle with other hurdles? The answer is absolutely, yes, we will, but we will clear those hurdles.”
Since being elected to replace Democrat Bill de Blasio under whose tenure the Big Apple spiraled into lawlessness, Adams – a retired police captain who campaigned on restoring order – has struggled to deliver as emboldened thugs and mentally troubled homeless people continue to act out violently against their victims with the problems on the subway system – which has seen a 40 percent surge in felonies this year – being a highly visible example of his failings.
The announcement of Adams’ new policy reportedly “blindsided” the NYPD with one source telling the New York Post, “It’s kind of a hot mess” and that City Hall “sort of jumped the gun on this,” adding: “Not sure why they did it.”
“Like everything else, it gets dumped in our lap and we’re expected to solve the problem without any guidance,” another source told the outlet.
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