Mayor Adams, left, can be seen with New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Cousins, center, and Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Carl Heastie, right. Although he called the talks constructive, they were ultimately unsuccessful
Despite Adams’ trip (pictured) New York assembly members said they would ‘hold the line’ on the bail reforms and Hochul announced that bail reform law would likely not be included in this year’s annual budget
He went on to question the racial composition of newsrooms.
‘How many blacks are on editorial boards? How many blacks determine how these stories are being written?’ he said.
‘How many Asians? How many East Asians? How many South Asians? Everyone talks about my government being diversified, what’s the diversification in the newsrooms?’
During the press conference, Adams said that the stories written about his trip to Albany weren’t made for the New Yorkers he was fighting for.
‘You’re not writing for people who were almost homeless like me,’ he said. ‘You’re not writing for people who were arrested or beaten by police officers. You’re not writing stories for those who are dealing with high crime.
‘You’re writing things from your prisms. And I’m not saying this to attack, but my administration is going to be about saying the obvious that other people are not comfortable saying.
‘Discomfort is growth,’ he added.
‘That’s why I am covered the way I am covered,’ he said. ‘We really need to stop distorting the news.’
Adams has been pushing for lawmakers to allow judges to consider the ‘dangerousness’ of defendants before deciding to release them in order to tackled New York City’s rising crime rate, with high profile cases involving repeat offenders.
In January, crime rose 38.5 percent in the city, which has since jumped up to 41.65 percent in February.
All categories of crime have also spiked, except murders. Felony assaults are up 13 percent, while shooting victims are up almost 30, and rape and robbery are also up around 35 percent.
Adam’s plan comes as crime of nearly all types is on the rise in New York City
Last week, Adams outlined his plans for tweaks to be made to the bail laws which allows suspects to roam the street often within hours of an arrest.
‘Let’s remove the cash bail system, because one should not be able to get out of jail just because you can pay bail. Let’s take that away. Judges should look at the case in front of them and say, “This person has two gun arrests, and he’s continually saying to the people of the city that I don’t care about the safety of you.” That judge should have the right to make the discretion that this person just be held.’
Many of New York City’s most violent crimes have been from repeat offenders and after Manhattan’s soft-on-crime District Attorney Alvin Bragg, 48, downgraded many crimes to misdemeanors.
Assamad Nash, 25, had been arrested seven times since 2017 and currently has three open cases in the Manhattan Criminal Court