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Mental Health, the Subways and Joe Biden

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Mental Health, the Subways and Joe Biden

New York Daily News May 9, 2021
OtherMiscellaneous
Urban PolicyNYC
Health PolicyMental Illness

In recent weeks, the future of the subway system has come to seem less of a fiscal question than a public safety one. The MTA got its bailout. But disorder underground, which polls show weigh heavily on commuters’ minds, remains as unaddressed as ever, and just as bound up as ever with the city’s dysfunctional mental health system.

There was the series of stabbings, some fatal, in FebruaryIn March, Manhattan DA Cy Vance reported that annual subway pushings were on track to more than double over the already-elevated number witnessed last year, despite still-low ridership levels. Subway felony assaults are also up over last year’s mark; this Wednesday, riders were treated to mental illness-related service disruptions on the D, N and J lines.

Continue reading the entire piece here at New York Daily News

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Stephen Eide is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor of City Journal. Carolyn Gorman is a policy analyst and former board member of Mental Illness Policy Org.

Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images

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