Gov. Kathy Hochul promised Thursday that state officials will pay for dozens of new social workers charged with getting homeless New Yorkers off subway trains and into shelters.
The governor made the announcement alongside Mayor Eric Adams, who pledged the New York Police Department will “beef up” its patrols underground in a bid to boost rider confidence in the safety of the transit system.
Hochul did not provide details about when they would hire or deploy the five new teams of eight to 10 social workers and medical professionals — nor did Adams specify how many cops would be redeployed from desk duty to patrolling the Big Apple’s sprawling subway system.
“For the first time, we’re going to create teams of trained professionals, who will be embedded here, build relationships, develop trust,” Hochul said at the Fulton Street station…