Mayor Eric Adams Appoints Andre T. Mitchell as ‘Gun Violence Czar’ Amid Spate of Shootings in New York City

New York City mayor Eric Adams introduces his new so-called “gun violence czar” Andre T. Mitchell during a rally against gun violence at City Hall in New York, June 2, 2022. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

Mayor Eric Adams announced Thursday that he has appointed a “gun violence czar” to tackle a scourge of Big Apple shootings that is only expected to worsen as the summer heat approaches.

Adams tapped Andre T. Mitchell — the founder of Brooklyn anti-violence group Man Up! which city investigators previously concluded had misused funds — for the role.

“Today I am announcing a new task force …  that will be co-chaired by A.T. Mitchell,” Adams, a former cop and state senator, said during a gun violence awareness month rally outside City Hall, touting his 20 years of experience in anti-gun violence efforts.

The task force — formed via Executive Order 19 signed Thursday — will be co-chaired by Deputy Mayor for Strategic Initiatives Sheena Wright, and all of his deputy mayors will be on the panel, Adams said.

“This is an all-hands-on-deck moment,” the mayor told the crowd, noting the involvement in the new initiative of every city agency via a liaison.

According to the executive order, the Task Force will meet every week to:

  •  “Learn from communities most impacted by gun violence
  • Inventory existing programming and services and identify the need for any additional programming and services
  • Identify and recommend opportunities to expand successful programs into new neighborhoods and communities
  • Coordinate actions and responses among City agencies
  • Facilitate community-driven solutions and direct new investments
  • Ensure collaboration between City government and impacted communities

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SOURCE: New York Post, Tina Moore, Bernadette Hogan and Sam Raskin