Eric Adams promises to “show America how to run a city”


Although he rejected some progressive branding policies, Mr. Adams also embraced some ideas popular with the young multiracial constituency who supported candidates like Ms. Wiley and Dianne Morales and their call to use strategies outside of the police service. , such as improving mental health and social services. , to prevent crime.

“We need to change the public safety ecosystem,” he said, with layered strategies of “prevention, long-term plan and intervention” to deal with the current spike in crime. He made it clear that he believed he could marry the two ideals of security and social justice.

“America says, we want justice and security, and end inequality,” he said.

Mr. Adams admitted that this message alone was not enough to win the votes of a majority of New Yorkers; even though he held a significant lead, nearly 70 percent of voters ranked other candidates as their first choice. Yet in four of the city’s five boroughs, he garnered the most votes in person, behind Ms. Garcia only in Manhattan.

Mr Adams said the gap showed voters in wealthier and whiter districts were seeing the public safety crisis from a different perspective.

“It’s unfortunate that I think a digital minority who basically live in safe spaces don’t understand what’s going on in this city,” Adams said.

If elected mayor, Adams will undoubtedly face the challenges of city council, which faces a complete overhaul next year: all 51 seats are up for election and a new incumbent is guaranteed in 32 of between them. The turnover is expected to move the Council, which was already in favor of more aggressive police reform, even further to the left.

“It won’t be a repeat of the Giuliani years,” said Susan Kang, associate professor of political science at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “City council isn’t just going to say what you say. “

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