it’s Thursday. We’ll see how the next mayor, Eric Adams, is keeping a low profile. And the rockabilly star is getting his distinctive black and pink bass back 39 years after it was stolen.
Where in the world is Eric Adams, the Democratic nominee for mayor?
My colleague Katie Gluck writes that Adams’ team sometimes leaves it to journalists to guess how he spends his time – as opposed to elected officials. Sarkar Kathy Hochuli. Her aides send out daily events listing everything from ribbon-cutting and parades to news briefings.
Such programs can be an essential tool for editors and news directors to plan coverage as they decide where to send reporters or staff – and thus how to inform readers, listeners or viewers.
For elected officials, announcements take advantage of their power, keeping them in the public eye even when they are not in the spotlight. Not doing everything for a campaign to publicize a candidate’s program is a departure from the way other politicians engage with the press and the public, not only in New York but nationally as well.
But as of Tuesday, with Election Day three weeks away, Adams’ campaign had released no more than five public events in October. One of his planned appearances last weekend was in his capacity as Brooklyn borough president – a visit to Brooklyn’s Association of Italian-American Organizations.
On Monday, Hochul and Mayor Bill de Blasio both marched in the Columbus Day Parade, just as their program said they would. But Adams was not, and his whereabouts are unknown. A spokesman said he was organizing the event with volunteers. His campaign did not release any public events that day. In contrast, longtime Republican nominee Curtis Sliva has issued a public event program almost every day this month.
adams recently said In an interview with NY1 that he was attending 13 events a day and promoting until 1 a.m. Asked for a snapshot of Adams’ full schedule in recent weeks, Evan Thijs, a campaign spokesman, told 21. Instead of offering a list of people didn’t provide one. The events he said Adams had attended since Labor Day, some as a candidate, some as borough president.
Neither his campaign nor his government office had sent information about many of those incidents in advance. Adams’ campaign said he had also participated in events with volunteers and voters who were not on the list.
This isn’t the first time Adams has faced questions about the details of his program: his team declined to say where. he spent some vacation time This summer (Monaco, according to Politico).
While most candidates don’t publicize every detail of their days, the way Adams’ team communicates their activities makes it difficult to gauge their thorough engagement with the campaign. Adams, long a highly visible fixture in Brooklyn, often made appearances at community and political gatherings that his campaign had not advertised. But clearly he hasn’t been a target every day in the final month of the competition.
In October 2013, the last month of the last open-seat mayoral race, de Blasio was barely at the barn in five boroughs by day. But he continued an almost daily public schedule of events, as he issued advertisements, marched in parades and gave speeches.
Adams and his team reject any suggestion that their program is less than perfect – even if they don’t always send it out. “Eric has been working hard from early morning until very late at night,” Thiess said, adding that the candidate is meeting voters and volunteers “and organizing events to ensure victory for those working on election day.” Used to be.”
“He is spending a significant amount of time preparing to become mayor on November 2, meeting with government, nonprofit and business leaders to ensure he is ready to lead New York,” Thies said.
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Return to previous owner: a bass stolen in 1982
Not 40 years later, the Smooty Smiff is getting its bass back—glossy black with “SMUTTY” printed in pink letters on the bottom.
In short: One night in 1982, a van, laden with all the equipment from the Rockets, was stolen outside a diner near the Holland Tunnel, the pre-eminent rockabilly band of the downtown New York music scene. The bass was in the missing gear.
This summer, someone who remembers the Rockets spotted the bass at a Jersey City pawn shop and posted a photo to Facebook. The bass was not for sale – the pawnshop’s owner, Manny Vidal, himself a bass player at the time, was unaware that he had traded his electric bass for it until shortly after the van’s disappearance that they are getting stolen goods.
The Times published a story about it last week, and on Monday, the pawn shop owner decided to return Bass, who lives in Iceland, and called our writer Helen Stapinski from a homeless shelter in Reykjavik where he now lives. Works. The band’s guitarist, Barry Ryan, offered to pick up the equipment for safekeeping. Smootie decided not to send it to Iceland — even though a GoFundMe page was set up after the article, which raised $3,000 — because the Rockets would play in New York next year.
The result “restored my faith in humanity and karma”, said Smutty from Reykjavik. He said he felt bad for Vidal, who became the target of social media posts and angry telephone calls, but had no hard feelings towards him.
Ryan, whose Greats Country Gentleman guitar was stolen in 1982 along with the rest of the bass and Rockettes gear, wants Vidal to keep his eyes peeled. “If you see my Gretsch, give me a shout,” he said, “and we’ll start this story all over again.”
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I ordered a ride-share car to take me back to the Upper West Side from Queens. When it appeared, to my delight, the first female driver I ever had was at the wheel.
We soon made another stop to pick up a beautifully dressed lady. When she slid into the car, the driver and I commented on how great she looked and asked if it was a special occasion.
“This is my first date since my divorce,” said the woman, admitting she was nervous.
Knowing our role in this moment, Driver and I expressed our confidence. The driver volunteered that she was about to remarry after 35 years of her first marriage. She said that she has found someone who loves her.
“You have to hold out for love!” he said.
Then the attention turned to me.
“I?” I said. “I am single. There is no one in my life at the moment.”
The driver smiled at me in the rearview mirror:
“None yet,” she said, “but you’re in New York City, darling!”
— Annie Fox
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Glad we could be here together. see you tomorrow. - jb
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Melissa Guerrero, Rick Martinez and Olivia Parker contributed to New York Today. you can reach the team [email protected].
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