MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS — The December 2019 murder of Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors inside Manhattan’s Morningside Park triggered an urgent conversation about safety concerns.
But Manhattan borough president Gayle Brewer, joined Wednesday night by a host of other officials, told residents gathered inside the PAL Harlem Center that security improvements must be coupled with a commitment to the youth.
“We need social workers in every school,” she said. “We also need to have all the community centers open for more hours and we want the university to work with us on the arts and the sports on a sustainable basis.”
To be sure, the NYPD’s 26th precinct commander did offer detailed crime stats, along with changes in patrol protocols following Majors’ murder.
But earlier Wednesday, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea announced a new initiative to strengthen positive relationships between officers and teens.
“We’re establishing a new role in all of our precincts on the model of our neighborhood coordination officers,” he said.
Back in Morningside Heights, the dual focus of safety and youth support and development hits home for residents.