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On New Year’s Eve, Eric Adams was sworn in as New York’s 110th mayor. In the wake of his hugely unpopular predecessor, Bill de Blasio, Adams came into office with almost unprecedented goodwill from the people of Gotham.
But 100 days into his administration, that goodwill is waning, and New Yorkers are beginning to fear they simply have another empty suit awakened at their head.
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Chief among recent complaints about Adams is his inexplicable decision to continue to force New York City preschool toddlers to wear masks. This is the same mayor who is desperate to get adult workers, who are actually at risk of contracting serious COVID disease, back into his offices. But the youngest New Yorkers with the least exposure to COVID but the most to mask-related developmental issues, he remains muzzled.
This follows his decision to maintain the city’s workplace vaccination mandate for everyone except athletes and celebrity entertainers. Incredibly, Adams says he doesn’t see a double standard here. This is exactly the kind of de Blasio style idiocy he was elected to stop.
As if these COVID mistakes weren’t enough, hizzoner this week decided, about absolutely nothing, to weigh in on the culture war against Florida’s controversial education bill limiting instruction on sexual matters. to young children. Apparently, he put up billboards in the Sunshine State urging people to move to New York so they could say the word “gay”, which Florida residents are obviously free to do.
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In a tweet, the mayor’s office claimed that in New York people can say whatever they want. And yet, when a city employee held a press conference to complain about her mask-wearing toddler being unconscious, she was fired for her troubles. According to Mayor Adams, saying “gay,” especially to young children, is fine, but questioning his politics is out of reach.
The silver lining here is that it’s not too late. As disappointing as his first 100 days in office are, it’s only 100 days.
Adams was basically elected to do two things: fight crime and be normal. To its credit, more and more of New York’s best are watching our streets today, and yet the crime count continues to rise. And while he opposes bail reform that puts criminals back on our streets, he is not prepared to spend political capital to fight it.
As for normality, that seemed to disappear about 10 minutes after getting the keys to the mayor’s residence at Gracie Mansion.
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Adams’ actions as mayor so far are puzzling. Perhaps he is trying to restore a national reputation. After all, our last three mayors, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Bloomberg and Comrade de Blasio all ran for president with disastrous results. If that is the current mayor’s plan, then fine. But maybe fix the city first and fight Florida Governor Ron DeSantis later.
What makes all of this so infuriating and frustrating is that New York City is so close to bouncing back from its devastating two years of lockdown. It’s palpable. You can feel the city, like a tight serpentine, ready to spring into action. But rather than unleash the energy of America’s greatest metropolis, Adams seems more concerned with power and personal fame.
The silver lining here is that it’s not too late. As disappointing as his first 100 days in office are, it’s only 100 days. He has well over a thousand more to get his town hall and his city back on track. But it must happen soon. New Yorkers are many things, but patience is not one of them.
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Mayor, we beg you, stop with the absurd COVID restrictions. Stop with the virtuous signaling shots in Florida. Nobody in New York cares. What matters to us are safe streets, safe subways, full office buildings and thriving small businesses.
Give us these things, and we might name an airport someday. But if you stay on this path, if you continue to refuse to do what you were elected to do, then you are destined for the trash can of failure right next to de Blasio.
The choice is yours, Mayor, and the choice is obvious.
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