At a press conference held at Brooklyn Borough Hall, Senator Adams, other elected officials and supporters stood by West Indian American Day Carnival Association President Yolanda Lezama-Clarke as she delivered the facts surrounding Labor Day weekend’s violence and this year's West Indian Day Parade.
She stated that over the Labor Day weekend, most of the violence that occurred throughout New York City had no correlation with the West Indian American Day Parade. Summing up the situation at the press conference, Senator Adams stated, "The steel we have a problem with is not a steel band, it's the steel of a gun. That's our problem. That's our issue."