Shootings and murders in Manhattan have decreased compared to last year, recent NYPD crime data shows.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg told Errol Louis on “Inside City Hall” Thursday that his office has had a “focused, laser-like approach” to tackling crime in the borough and bringing charges against the worst offenders.
“It’s focused, it’s data driven and really focused on the people doing the most harm,” he said.
As for crime in the subway system, Bragg added that they’re also focused on those who do the most harm.
“Over the last several months, there has been a number of key matters, some resolving by plea but a couple at trial. People who’ve done significant violence, that’s where we’re focusing our resources on,” he said. “And that’s how I’ll see we’ll have our biggest impact. That’s what people are concerned about.”
Crime and bail reform were the main topics on the campaign trail for the race for governor.
Republican nominee Lee Zeldin said during the Spectrum News/NY1 governor’s debate that removing Bragg from office would be among the first things he did after taking office.
However, Gov. Kathy Hochul won the election, with 82% of Manhattan residents voting for her, according to the city’s Board of Elections.
“Manhattan voters are smart,” Bragg said. “They know that of course we have public safety challenges that we need to address. But they know we’re working on them every day.”