Mayor Eric Adams told members of a Manhattan synagogue on Saturday that hate crimes dropped 40 percent citywide last month, stressing that he is still a police officer at heart whose government has made fighting anti-Semitism a top priority.
During a 15-minute speech at the Park East Synagogue on Lenox Hill, the retired NYPD captain cited new police data showing that there were 40 hate crimes reported in the Big Apple last month — a 40 percent drop from 67. in April 2021.
It’s a significant turnaround after the first three months of the year, when the number of reported hate crimes rose from 96 to 142, or 48 percent, compared to the same period in 2021, according to NYPD records.
“I understand your concern about the anti-Semitism sweeping the world,” the mayor said. “We are going to move this city in the right direction.”
Before addressing the crowd, Adams president of the synagogue, Herman Hochberg, encouraged members to “speak and not be silent” about anti-Jewish crimes.
“A lesson was learned during World War II,” Hochberg said, clearly referring to the Holocaust in Nazi Germany. “We haven’t talked enough.”
Adams — who is pushing for more crimes to qualify for bail — devoted much of his speech to his administration’s desire to improve overall public safety and called on the public to support the police rather than “the to protect bad guys”.
“What we are doing to police officers in the city is despicable,” said the moderate Democrat. “Men and women who have put themselves in danger.”
“I’m still the police officer” who “answers calls for service,” he said.
However, some members of the congregation were unimpressed and said they expected Adams to spend more time specifically addressing anti-Semitic and other hate crimes.
“The speech could have been more relevant to the issues of anti-Semitism prevalent in the city today,” said an annoyed synagogue member.
“He claims that the anti-hate crimes have decreased, but we don’t feel it.”