Surge in shootings in 2021 blamed on reforms as Adams vows action

“Government’s most basic responsibility is public safety. The misguided policies from the left have failed miserably in that regard and as a result New York is less safe and less livable than it has been in generations”

By Dean Balsamini



The bullets keep flying over Broadway — and everywhere else in the Big Apple.

A year after the city suffered its worst crime surge in more than a decade, the number of shootings — and victims — continues to climb.


So far 1,828 people have been shot in the five boroughs — 0.4 % more than last year’s astronomical tally of 1,821, according to NYPD data through Dec. 19. The number of shootings — 1,526 — is up 2.4%.

These numbers do not include the five people shot in three separate incidents between Christmas Eve and Christmas day.


Brooklyn, where Mayor-elect Adams has been borough president since 2014, was the bloodiest borough, and the 73rd Precinct in Brownsville — the neighborhood of Adams’ birth — was the most violent precinct, data show.


“(The mayor-elect) finds the Brownsville stats completely, totally unacceptable,” Adams spokesman Evan Thies told The Post. “Stopping violent crime will be (Adams’s) priority when he’s mayor. And that will include a comprehensive plan to reduce shootings.”


The blueprint will include a new NYPD antigun unit, investments in violence interruption programs and inter-agency task forces, Thies said.


King County accounted for nearly a third of New York City’s 2021 gunplay victims, 609, followed by The Bronx (588), Manhattan (303), Queens (288) and Staten Island (40).


“Crime is off the charts,” fumed state Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island), a former Manhattan prosecutor who said the sobering statistics are a product of Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the left-leaning City Council creating a “climate for crime” through bail reform laws, pandering to BLM rioters and anti-cop rhetoric.


“Government’s most basic responsibility is public safety. The misguided policies from the left have failed miserably in that regard and as a result New York is less safe and less livable than it has been in generations,” he said.


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