Biden praises Mayor Adams’ anti-crime plan, unveils new gun crackdown while in NYC: ‘We are not about defunding’
Kathy Hochul, participate in a Gun Violence Strategies Partnership meeting at the New York Police Department Headquarters in New York on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. - BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images North America/TNS

NEW YORK — President Biden praised Mayor Adams’ crimefighting agenda Thursday and unveiled a new federal initiative to stem the flow of illegal weapons from southern states that has contributed to a recent surge in violence in New York. Marking his first visit to the city since Adams’ inauguration, Biden gave his seal of approval to the mayor’s anti-crime push during a press conference at the NYPD’s downtown Manhattan headquarters, where they also received a classified briefing from the department’s joint gun violence task force. “I want to help every major city follow New York’s lead,” said B...