U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) announced today that she partnered with United States Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in holding a roundtable conversation in New York City about combating crime on New York's public transit system. Also taking part in the discussion was Federal Transit Administrator Nuria Fernandez, MTA Chairman and CEO Janno Lieber and several local organizations.
"Reports of attacks on New York City's trains and buses, and high-profile incidents such as the tragic death of Michelle Go and the mass shooting at a Brooklyn subway station, have rattled New Yorkers -- including many Queens residents -- and continues to leave them fearful as they navigate our transit system," said Meng. "This violence is completely unacceptable, and it is particularly damaging in our public transit spaces. All New Yorkers deserve to have peace of mind when using public transportation to go to work, school, or when traveling to see family and friends. Combating these crimes must continue to be a top priority at all levels of government. We will not tolerate or accept these threats to public safety. As I have said, we must never take a backseat to safety, and do all we can to keep people out of harm's way. I thank Secretary Buttigieg and Administrator Fernandez for coming to New York City to address this urgent concern, and I thank MTA Chairman and CEO Lieber for taking part in this crucial discussion."
The roundtable, which featured discussion on the problem and efforts to combat it, was held at the U.S. Department of Transportation's New York City office. It included leaders from Asian American advocacy organizations who highlighted the ongoing hate and violence that the Asian American community has been forced to endure on mass transit in New York City.