In the four weeks since we’ve endorsed Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams, we believe we’ve chosen wisely—and not just because his support has steadily increased in polls while the rest of the pack has gone up and down .
That’s mainly because their advantage stems from the public’s growing concern over rising crime, with Monday’s NY1/IPSOS survey showing that nearly 46 percent of potential voters want crime and public safety to be the next mayor’s top priority. And from the start of the race, Adams has been the most obvious and credible candidate in vowing to bring it down — and insisting that #Defund crap isn’t the way to do it.
According to the NYPD, there has been a more than 68 percent increase in city-wide shootings in the first half of 2021 — with the summer months still hot.
That reality—and, yes, his own long record of pushing for NYPD reform and other goals he shares—is why Adams also earned the support of veteran community organizer and Working Families Party co-founder Bertha Lewis. who had completely rejected their rivals. As a lesser qualification: “Eric Adams is the right person at the right time to run this town.”
Another sign of his strength is nothing served by rival campaigns, desperate to slow down his pace, making noise about how he once registered as a Republican and “really” in New Jersey. Conspiracy theories about how they live in.
The city needs a mayor who will tackle rising gun violence, focus on getting workers back to the city and avert the impending financial crisis when federal aid ends.
Even if you disagree that Eric Adams is by far the best candidate to tackle those challenges, rank him as your number 2 or 3. Don’t allow the new rank-choice voting system to overpower the election of a far-left like Maya. Wiley, whose mayoralty could actually make people yearn for the “good old days” of Bill de Blasio.