Mayor Eric Adams is in the infancy of his term as New York City’s second Black mayor. Even so, his controversial stances on how to handle crime in the city and his recently published op-ed about the general election have kicked up a haze of critics calling him a “Republican” as his first year as mayor comes to a close.
The Amsterdam News reached out to electeds and various organizations to get their thoughts on this narrative and where it stems from.
First on Elon Musk’s Twitter, a grassroots Democrat organizer tweeted that Adams “knew crime panic would hurt Dem chances” but kept “fear-mongering right wing talking points” throughout his campaign and the following election cycle. Then on Nov. 10, a Daily News city hall reporter’s tweets sparked a conversation about Adams and bail reform.