Blueprint outlines more than $485 Million in investments to create safer, more resilient communities
New York, NY
New York City Mayor Eric Adams, First Deputy Mayor Sheena Wright, and the New York City Gun Violence Prevention Task Force have released “A Blueprint for Community Safety,” outlining a forward-thinking roadmap with upstream solutions to address gun violence throughout the five boroughs. The report builds upon all the work the Adams administration has undertaken over the last 18 months to reduce gun violence by double digits and culminates months of engagement with communities most impacted by the gun violence, including young people, whose feedback was critical in shaping the strategies and recommendations that will ensure the city continues to build on the public safety gains made since January 2022.
The Gun Violence Prevention Task Force was formed in June 2022. Co-chaired by First Deputy Mayor Sheena Wright and Man Up! Inc. Founder A.T. Mitchell, the task force represents a multi-agency, cross-sector effort to address the root causes of gun violence and develop recommendations to promote long-term safety across all communities. As part of this effort, more than 50 members of the task force, representing 20 city agencies, engaged roughly 1,500 community residents over the course of spring 2023 through community convenings and youth town halls.
“Public safety is not only a prerequisite but the pathway to prosperity. It is what we have campaigned, and what we have delivered. Overall, crime is down across the city year to date, and our numbers continue to trend in the right direction but the work of public safety is never done and even a single loss of life to gun violence is a tragedy,” said Mayor Adams. “Today, we are taking our efforts to end gun violence to the next level with this new ‘Blueprint for Community Safety’ — a more than $485 million dollar plan that will double down on our public safety efforts, invest in our most impacted communities, support our young people and get them on the right path, and activate every level of city government to prioritize prevention-based approaches to public safety. This plan would not have been possible without our co-chairs, First Deputy Mayor Sheena Wright and Man Up! Founder A.T. Mitchell, as well as the more than 1,500 New Yorkers whose ideas and inputs shaped these recommendations. The work we do together will save lives and create a stronger, safer, more livable city for all.”
“As co-chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, our goal has been on traveling upstream, focusing on how we can stop people from picking up guns in the first place,” said First Deputy Mayor Wright. “This blueprint is a product of cross-agency collaboration, engagement across all levels of government, and, most importantly, direct conversations with the most impacted communities. Together, we have unveiled a blueprint that meets the urgency of the moment and delivers a path forward to make public safety a reality for each and every community.”
The recommendations advanced in the report represent a holistic approach to community safety, focusing on prevention and intervention strategies that use a public health and community development model to address the root causes of gun violence. To that end, the task force identified seven strategies in the report based on months of community engagement. These strategies encompass new and existing investments, totaling over $485 million, to offer early interventions for young people, increase employment and entrepreneurship opportunities, improve housing security, provide easier access to public benefits, bolster community institutions, foster connections to mental health services, and strengthen police-community relations.
An additional $1.5 million will go towards engagement and evaluation to build an infrastructure to measure progress on the previous strategies. Finally, the state contributed $6 million to the overall blueprint.
“Stopping gun violence is a collective responsibility, which is why the city and state will continue working hand in hand to make our communities safer and create a future where all New Yorkers can thrive,” said New York Governor Kathy Hochul. “I’m thankful for Mayor Adams’ partnership and commitment to this cause as we build a better future for New York where our kids can play safely, and parents have peace of mind.”
“Every year, we lose too many lives because of senseless gun violence that could be averted,” said New York Attorney General Letitia James. “I applaud Mayor Adams for doubling down on his commitment to public safety and investing in targeted and community-driven measures to make communities safer. The Mayor’s plan builds on the work that we have been doing to take down organized gun trafficking rings, go after gun companies, and defend common-sense gun laws and will help us address the root of gun violence. New Yorkers deserve to live in communities free of gun violence and we will continue to fight every day to make that a reality.”
According to the report, approximately 92% of total gun violence in New York City is concentrated within 30 precincts across the five boroughs. Six of these precincts — representing 25% of shooting incidents and 39% of confirmed shots fired citywide in 2022 — are being prioritized for new and expanded investments recommended in the report.