Adams must do more and faster to stop skyrocketing crime in New York

When it comes to tackling rising crime, especially in the city’s subways, Mayor Eric Adams has to start swallowing a parcel faster – stat.

On Monday, Adams rolled out his comprehensive subway safety plan with a slow start, especially after a violent holiday weekend that included a series of stabbings and an assault with a metal pole.

Yet the bad news kept pouring in, including a hammer attack on Thursday night at Queens Plaza station that left a woman in critical condition, a second metal pole attack – this time because the victim dared to tell his attacker not to shoot a J train – and a disturbing report from the MTA that hundreds of homeless people live in train stations and tunnels.

Adams describes the sensible goal of his plan as two-pronged: crack down on subway rule breakers and place vagrants in shelters.

“No more smoking. No more drugs. No more sleeping. No more barbecues in the subway. No more doing whatever you want,” the mayor said. “No. Those days are over. Swipe your MetroCard. Mount the system. Get off at your destination. That’s what this administration says.

The plan involves mobilizing 30 specialist teams of cops, homeless outreach workers and behavioral clinicians to high-priority stations.

But on Monday, The Post visited four of the six subway stations City Hall identified as “highest need” and only spotted any workers at two locations, and they were working solo.

“They were supposed to have police [with us today], but no,” said one of the outreach workers. “We’re understaffed, so it would be great if they hired more people.”

Additional patrols must operate between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. They are necessary. Adams’ plan still isn’t enough, especially given the grim findings about homelessness in the system.

And let’s recap a few other incidents from the weekend, to give all the ugly context. Last Sunday, police say, a man who appeared to be homeless beat a 30-year-old woman with a pole on a southbound 4 train near East 167th Street after telling her to stop talking to her friend . The previous afternoon, a 20-year-old woman had been stabbed and stabbed through the tracks of Brooklyn’s Livonia Avenue/Van Siclen station.

That night, two more helms were inflicted, one at the 168th Street station in Washington Heights and the other at the 116th Street Columbia University station in Morningside Heights.

A 22-year-old man was punched in the face and robbed as he entered Times Square station early Monday, while a 31-year-old man was stabbed on a downtown 6 train as he approached the Canal Street station in Lower Manhattan just after 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Get together quicker, Mayor.

New York Post

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