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As New Yorkers prepare to go to the polls on June 28, public safety is among the most salient issues they will be considering.

That was not lost on Councilman Jim Gennaro (D-Hillcrest) as he addressed reporters at a press conference Monday outside the Pomonok Houses — the site of two shootings in the last month — during which he gave Gov. Hochul an ‘F’ on her handling of the issue.


Forty-three to eight. That is how people in the City Council voted on Resolution 121, which calls on the state Legislature and governor to approve the Clean Slate Act, a bill that would automatically seal conviction records after someone has completed a sentence and is off probation or parole while not incurring any new charges or convictions after three years (misdemeanor) or seven years (felonies). Sex offenses do not apply.

Differences in opinion are stark.


Mayor Adams’ subway safety plan got off to a rough start on Monday, with two high-profile attacks following a weekend during which six people were slashed or stabbed in a 48-hour period.

One of the attacks, a slashing at about 5:30 p.m, last Friday, took place in the Briarwood station, which also houses the headquarters of the NYPD’s Transit District 20, which patrols all the subways in Queens except for the A train.