NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — President Joe Biden will travel to New York City next week to meet with Mayor Eric Adams and discuss strategies for curbing violence in the five boroughs.
The meeting, which is set to take place in Manhattan on Thursday, will focus on the Biden administration’s “comprehensive strategy to combat gun crime, which includes historic levels of funding for cities and states to put more cops on the beat and invest in community violence prevention and intervention programs,” according to the White House.
The meeting will also address how federal agencies plan to increase enforcement efforts against illegal gun traffickers.
In a statement, the mayor said he was looking forward to talking with Biden and discussing how they can “work collaboratively to end the scourge of gun violence we are seeing on New York City streets.”
“The sea of violence comes from many rivers, and that’s why my Blueprint to End Gun Violence in New York City seeks to dam every river that feeds this greater crisis,” he added. “Public safety is my administration’s highest priority, and we welcome the opportunity to display to President Biden how federal and local governments can coordinate and support each other in this fight to keep New Yorkers safe.”
Biden and Adams will meet roughly two weeks after the New York City mayor unveiled his anti-crime plan for the five boroughs, which focuses on intervention and prevention tactics.
Adams said his plan will focus on 30 precincts throughout the city where 80% of violence occurs. Those precincts will have enhanced Public Safety Units and additional Neighborhood Safety Teams, which are expected to roll out sometime in February.
In an interview with 1010 WINS Tuesday, Adams elaborated on his plan, stressing that it was not going to “be abusive to any New Yorkers in general, specifically to Black and Brown men.”
He added that his plan will also provide greater support to NYPD officers, who have been frequent targets of abuse on New York City streets.
This will not be the first time that Biden and Adams meet to discuss crime rates in New York City.
The two also spoke in July 2021, when Adams was still a candidate for mayor, along with various other political leaders from several major U.S. cities.