NYC Public Advocate’s Statement On The Mayor's Gun Violence Prevention Announcement

July 31st, 2023

Press Release

“After over a decade of pushing for a holistic approach to addressing gun violence at its roots, and being met with alternating hesitancy and hostility, it’s gratifying to hear today’s announcement finally supporting those strategies. I thank the mayor for expressing a willingness to initiate a plan that begins to put the measures in place that can have a real and lasting impact, saving lives in our communities by building them up – not simply through overreliance on law enforcement.

“Intention is important, but implementation is key. In the coming weeks and months, my office will be monitoring closely and collaborating wherever possible to ensure that the investment and infrastructure are put in the places they will be most effective.

“I want to caution that this kind of approach and impact are not instantaneous. The benefits here will be lasting, but they will not be immediate – and we need to have the political courage to stay the course in an environment of short headlines and long political campaigns. We will absolutely need standards for success and accountability, but it is important for those metrics to align with the approach. If we do this right, we have an opportunity to help New Yorkers be and feel safe, lasting beyond any news cycle or any administration.”

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