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New York Magazine columnist Errol Louis on Tuesday criticized New York City Mayor Eric Adams for not doing enough to tackle crime in the Big Apple.
The article, titled “Does Eric Adams talk all the time?” claims that even though Adams promised during the campaign to make the city safer, he actually did little to reduce crime. Louis criticized Adams for “blaming the media” for exaggerating the crisis when he himself made it a key campaign issue last year.
“The mayor, who has spent months insisting that more people join him in acknowledging the peril posed by rising violence in the streets, now accuses the media of creating a false impression of the level of danger in the city. city,” he wrote.
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Louis noted that “rents rise with crime, and it’s unclear if Adams has the wherewithal to address such concerns.”
“Six months later, the mayor faces questions about what exactly he is doing to fix New York City,” he wrote.
Louis pointed to the poor public sentiment as an indictment of Adams’ professional performance so far.
“A recent NY1-Siena College poll found that 56% of New Yorkers believe the city is heading in the wrong direction,” he wrote. “The 7% who described Adams as doing a great job were far outweighed by the 29% who called his performance mediocre.”
Louis also noted the constraints of the job of mayor of New York. “Adams, like any New York mayor, is automatically a strong player in the municipal power game, but he doesn’t necessarily have the strongest hand. Adams can plead and persuade, bluff and bluster – a little bluster does a long way – but ultimately he has to win a wide range of allies and opponents, not all of whom are overly impressed with him being the mayor.”
“And he has to convince New Yorkers that his various plans for public safety and the economy are working,” he continued.
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Although he criticized Adams for his failure so far to reduce violent crime, the writer praised his “personal style” and compared him to former New York Mayor Ed Koch, who held his functions from the end of the 1970s to the end of the 1980s.
“Ed Koch, whom Adams called a role model, punched above his weight as mayor. In the early years after the financial crisis of the 1970s, Koch used a brash personal style to suggest that he was entirely in charge of the city, at one point pronouncing himself the ‘Mayatollah’,” Louis wrote.
“Adams tries to recreate Koch’s magic trick of wielding his personal style as a weapon,” he noted.
Despite this, Louis argues that “so far the numbers are damning, especially on Adams’ public safety issue.”
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“Seventy-six percent of respondents said they were very or somewhat worried about becoming victims of violent crime, and only 5% said the mayor was doing a great job on the issue, compared to 45% who said his performance of mediocre.”
violent crime is surges in New York. The article noted that “Adams has proposed doubling the number of cops patrolling subways, a strategy he calls ‘omnipresence,’ which aims to make passengers feel safe and deter criminals from use the system.”
Adams reinstated the NYPD’s undercover crime unit after former mayor Bill de Blasio, who criticized for quoting Karl Marxpreviously disbanded it in response to Black Lives Matter protests.