Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly slammed Mayor Eric Adams on Sunday, accusing him of dropping the buck on rampant crime in the Big Apple and insisting, “This isn’t brain surgery.
“We were the safest big city in America just a few years ago,” Kelly told host John Catsimatidis on WABC 770 AM radio’s “Cats Roundtable.”
“It’s not brain surgery,” the former police chief said. “You go back and look at the things we were doing back then and you reimplement them. But apparently the mayor doesn’t want to do that.
” He does not want [bring back] anti-crime units, he does not want to use stop and frisk.
Kelly particularly took issue with hit-and-runs on subways and buses in the five boroughs, saying the deployment of transit cops needs to be “reviewed” by “an outside agency.”
On Saturday, Adams and Gov. Kathy Hochul said they plan to flood subways with more MTA and NYPD cops through overtime, as well as adding additional surveillance cameras, to try to bring the skyrocketing crime.
The city will also create new 25-bed units at two psychiatric centers to get more mentally ill people out of basements and into appropriate shelter, pols said.
The plan came days after Adams blamed the media for creating a false “perception” that the city’s public transit is unsafe – a claim that has been hotly criticized.
“Every day you read about a crime in the transit system, and that only reinforces the idea that it’s too dangerous to travel on the subway,” Kelly said.
“I think they need a fresh look at the transit system because we know subways are the lifeblood of New York City,” he said. “People are still not going to get on it.”
New York City subway crime has been tough this year, with nine subway homicides so far and a 39% increase in violent crime in the system in August compared to 2019, statistics show.
Kelly served as a police commissioner in the early 1990s before serving in several federal posts in customs enforcement and counterterrorism under President Bill Clinton.
In the mid-1990s, he led a task force to quell unrest in Haiti – and he addressed that country’s continued unstable state on the Sunday radio show.
“Haiti is a basket base,” Kelly told Catsimatidis. “It is the poorest country in the western hemisphere, if not the world. They don’t have a functioning government.
He said the United Nations “will be the main vehicle to help Haiti.
“Everything is going more slowly as far as Haiti is concerned,” he added. “They’re in a very, very bad spot.”
New York Post