Mayor Adams Outlines $485M Safety Plan to Address Gun Violence
The outline of a roadmap to address gun violence citywide was released on July 31st at a press conference by Mayor Eric Adams, First Deputy Mayor Sheena Wright, and the New York City Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Dubbed “A Blueprint for Community Safety,” the $485 million plan, of which New York State contributed $6 million for the overall blueprint, provides seven strategies that “use a public health and community development model to address the root causes of gun violence,” with an allocation of funds dedicated to build an infrastructure to measure progress on the strategies. The strategies and recommendations were shaped in part by months of engagement with both the communities most impacted by gun violence and critical feedback from young people. The initiative demonstrates the city’s commitment to partnering with communities to take aggressive action to address the complexities of this issue with both determination and compassion.