Letters to the Editor — May 13, 2022

The issue: Mayor Adams’ appeal to New Yorkers to help resolve the city’s illegal gun issue.

If Mayor Adams wants to be tough on crime, he has to shame Albany by speaking publicly and putting all the blame on the governor for all the murders and crimes committed (“Crazy City,” May 12).

Unless there is a penalty for the crimes committed, any program the mayor devises will fail.

It’s early days, but Adams has shown no sign that he’s capable of doing the work to bring the Big Apple back to life. Instead, it seems her main goal is to become a celebrity.

João Avelli


Adams may have fancy suits, but they’re empty when he wears them.

He should have stated his policy of being tough on crime from day one. There has been a lot of rhetoric and posturing. The man is full of himself.

It’s true that the City Council and state legislators don’t help and can tie your hands – but that’s all the more reason for him to declare war on lawlessness in our city.

Jerry Chiappetta


Adams was elected by the people of New York to clean up the massive mess left by Mayor Bill de Blasio and change crime-smoothing policies. So far, we have too many words and too little action to back up those words.

Adams calling on all New Yorkers to help him fight crime isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. What we need are actions and consequences.

We, the people of New York, demand that criminals be held accountable for their crimes and sentenced to time. We demand that soft crime policies and bail reform be ended and that prosecutors and jurists uphold the rule of law and hold criminals accountable and bring them to justice. We demand that victims receive the justice they deserve.

Actions speak louder than words. Be a man of action, Mr. Mayor.

Teresa O’Brien


After five months in the job, Adams has shown in many ways that just being a retired New York City police officer doesn’t automatically qualify him to be the mayor of New York City.

The mayor needs to call politicians in Albany by name, particularly Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, so the public knows who is responsible for refusing to change the insane bail reform laws. . Don’t trust the Gov. Hochul.

The mayor held a press conference to show the public how many guns were taken from the streets. What we need to know is how many criminals were taken off the streets.

A criminal who is incarcerated is incapable of committing crimes in our city.

Dick Mills


New York City is a joke. Our mayor brags about how many guns he took off the streets, but the bad guys are let loose and simply get another gun.

Our attorney general joke, Letitia James, is too busy witch-hunting former President Donald Trump to fight real crime.

Until you get the bad guys off the streets, New York City won’t be safe for decent people.

Kevin Mullen, Holtsville

Politicians can continue to rant about gun insanity in perpetuity. However, guns alone are not the only reason for the unfettered criminal element that is being allowed to permeate our streets.

Hardened career criminals who pull the trigger on these illegal weapons are the main cause of this insanity. These perverts are spoiled by a politically engineered criminal justice system that doesn’t allow bail.

The law-abiding citizens of New York and other liberal-controlled cities are left to fend for themselves because of these absurd politicians and criminals.

The people of these big cities must vote for these woefully inept politicians out of office to restore some sense of security to their everyday lives. Until then, the twisted chaos will continue.

Denis David

East Rockaway

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