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On Subway Disorder, Adams Must Answer: What Happens When Homeless Don’t Want Help?

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On Subway Disorder, Adams Must Answer: What Happens When Homeless Don’t Want Help?

New York Post January 9, 2022
Policing & Public SafetyAll
Urban PolicyNYC

To get to City Hall on his first day in office, Mayor Eric Adams took the subway. One of his riding companions was a young man wrapped in a bright-yellow quilt, sleeping across multiple seats. Less than a week later, Adams promised a change in strategy toward both this subway vagrancy and violent crime underground.

But he’ll have to confront the question Bill de Blasio never dealt with: What happens when the subway’s disturbed denizens don’t want the help the city has on offer? 

On Thursday, Adams stood with Gov. Kathy Hochul at a Lower Manhattan station, vowing to “restore public trust in our transportation system.”

Continue reading the entire piece here at the New York Post

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Nicole Gelinas is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor at City Journal. Follow her on Twitter here.

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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