Adams talk is getting cheaper – New York Daily News

As the sun sets on the Day of Atonement and the gates of penance are closed, the chief rabbi of the bema, beating his chest and shedding tears, shouts to the worshipers:

“I am nothing, Almighty! Nothing!”

The cantor next to the rabbi, prostrates and repeats:

“Lord, forgive me for thinking I was nothing! I am nothing!”

At the back of the synagogue, a janitor, stuck at the moment, joins their choir:

“I’m nothing! Nothing at all!”

“Ah,” said the rabbi to Cantor, “look now who thinks it is nothing.”

False modesty was no problem for Mayor Adams, the original self-made son who clearly knows how to unravel but still works out how to wield broad administrative power after decades on the public stage in the most ceremonial roles of activist policeman, state senator and town president.

Adams really is “the guy in the square” now, and like every new mayor who has beaten odds and skeptics to win this job, he seems to be turning to the same moves and friends, which helped him get this far.

Actions, not words.

He’s still working on how to head an administration that can translate his talk into effective action, playing to get time with more shows that got him that far.

So, if a cheap shot in Iowa caught him as a candidate, he would take a cheap shot in Kansas as mayor.

Candidate Adams said the city felt out of control and that he was the candidate who could make New York safe again, and do it justly.

Mayor Adams — who said right after taking office “on the first day, I took the subway, I felt unsafe,” when that was a critique of the previous administration — is now stressing the distance between “the reality of violence and how we feel,” and how he “uses 3.5 million Person of the subway system every day” with “an average of five criminal offenses on the system per day.”

But that equals the number of felony offenses per day as it was before the pandemic while the ride rate is still down around 30%.

In a sense, Adams suffers from the same problem as left-wing lawmakers who have set himself up against opposition: it’s hard to keep fighting power once it’s in power.

When the news is good, he flaunts his success. When it’s not going well, he talks about what Albany and Washington should do – though he’s shown little success so far in getting them to actually do these things.

Mocking cynical Republican governors and calling on the feds to send more money here to cover the rising cost of caring for asylum seekers while the city builds a giant tent to house some of them temporarily in Orchard Beach – set up by one of the companies that helped build Trump’s wall! – You won’t cut it.

Trying to escape the shackles of New York City’s well-established right to shelter by saying that “this is not a shelter issue, this is a humanitarian crisis involving refugees and immigrants,” while the city is literally building shelters to address that crisis, I’m not going to cut it.

Hold a press conference to announce a drop in shootings this summer compared to before — even as the total number of felons is about 30% higher this year than last and the number of shootings is still higher than before the pandemic — but ending the regular monthly press conferences at the NYPD To answer tough questions about crime and numbers you won’t reduce them.

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Talking about “getting things done” won’t cut it, but in fact it will get things done.

Adams can hang out with the boys all he wants while doing official business as a guest at expensive members-only clubs with people who don’t show up on his public schedule while refusing to show receipts for expensive dinners, private plane flights with bitcoin billionaires and anything else, as long as he makes the city feel safe again And keeps its economy healthy, most New Yorkers won’t care unless prosecutors start investigating.

Indeed, as Adams and his ally Bill de Blasio saw the slide to a second term after prosecutors publicly reprimanded him while reluctantly deciding not to charge him, most New Yorkers wouldn’t really care until then.

There is no doubt that Adams could play the role of mayor. The question is whether he can keep his promises. That’s why this summer’s poll showed that 53% of New Yorkers approve of his style — but only 29% said he does an excellent or good job.

Being mayor of New York City is still far from nothing, but it is a difficult task in the best of times, a tougher task now that the pandemic has swept away old mores and quite possibly marked the end of the city’s 30-year streak of economic victories.

It will be a refreshing moment to perform some sincere humility about the challenges ahead and the shape we are in.

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