BROOKLYN -- It's billed as the ultimate celebration of Caribbean culture -- and every year, in that respect, the West Indian Day Parade exceeds expectations.
But just one day after a stray bullet from a gang shootout struck Carey Gabay, Governor Andrew Cuomo's first deputy counsel, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams says now is the time to talk about change.
"The goal is to bring together our congressional delegation - our local elected, our law enforcement, and ask are there things we could do different with J'ouvert celebration. Let's look at how we identify those elements who participates in these festivities to bring violence, and who are not there to celebrate what this event has done for the borough of Brooklyn," Adams said.
Gabay was shot while simply walking down the street during J'ouvert -- a pre-celebration that is held the night before the annual parade, and has its own organizers.
Mayor Bill de Blasio did not make himself available for questions about J'ouvert security, parade security, or gun violence in general during his scheduled appearance Tuesday evening at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
But the NYPD is offering a $12,000 reward in the Gabay shooting, and is also still trying to make arrests in the other handful of shootings and stabbings that occurred Sunday into Monday.
"I think it's unfair that we point to the parade and pretend as though that violence comes from the parade," Adams said. "The governor, the mayor, and the police commissioner and I marched in a peaceful parade that draws over a million people J'ouvert, which happens the night before, is not part of the parade. But we can't even point to that as violence. We've been having violence in the city. Et's focus on the issue - we have de-funded the crime apparatus on the ground. I have called for the refunding of that. So this is not about a parade weekend - this is about addressing the issue of crime."