Adams Far Ahead in Lastest Poll, Yang Falls to Fourth Place in Steep Fall
By Yehudit Garmaise
Emerson College released mayoral eligibility " scores" that are based a new poll that shows Eric Adams far ahead of the field, holding strong in first place.
Maya Wiley, who was endorsed by far left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), came in second.
Katherine Garcia, who served under Mayor Bill de Blasio as the city’s sanitation commissioner and who was endorsed by the New York Times, came in third, and in a steep fall from his previous frontrunner status, failed presidential candidate Andrew Yang came in fourth.
Last night in the last of the three mayoral debates, Yang tried to mock Adams, by characterizing his attitude as to why he should be mayor by disingenuously saying as if he were Adams, “I used to be a cop 20 years ago, so I should be mayor.”
Yang’s argument is quite a weak one, especially considering that it comes from someone, who, unlike Adams, who served for seven years as a state senator and for eight years as Brooklyn’s borough president, has never before been involved in civic life.
Ironically, when Yang denigrates Adams' 22 years in the NYPD, the former tech entrepreneur is actuallly highlighting perhaps the strongest reason for Adams’ run for mayor because of his deep and rich literacy with the ins and outs of the police department, which he would run, if elected mayor.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently pointed out in a press conference that safety and sanitation should be the priorities of the mayor of New York City, as per former New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia.
“As a mayor, your responsibilities are: you run the police department to keep the city safe, and you run the Sanitation Department to keep the city clean: Those are the two fundamentals,” said Gov. Cuomo, who pointed out that other civic issues, such as education are subject to state regulation.
So, who better to drive down an out-of-control and ever-increasing crime rate than someone who has the most thoughtful, reasoned, evidence-based answers that are backed up by not just by 20 years of experience of putting his life on the line for New Yorkers, but by the point he made in the second debate that even off-duty and retired police officers continue to carry concealed weapons to protect New Yorkers?
“Police officers take an oath to protect New Yorkers: and as trained professionals they are exactly who we want to respond to crime, whether or not they’re on duty,” said Adams. “There have been many times I was able to stop a crime or catch a suspect while off-duty, and other officers do the same thing every day.”
Adams also used this argument in the last debate to respond to Wiley’s question to Adams when she asked him whether, as such a public figure, he should be carrying a gun.
When Adams remembered being able to stop an anti-Asian hate crime/mugging on a subway when he was off-duty in 1985, Adams’ campaign later provided documents that reveal that Adams did, in fact, arrest a 20-year-old man on charges including robbery and assault on Oct. 27, 1985, on a New York City subway.
Adams is so sure of his ability to protect New Yorkers and himself that he even has said that if elected mayor, he would refuse a security team because he would merely carry a gun, himself.
But in addition to Adams’ fierce persona, in interview and debates, he is the candidate with the most reasoned, clear, and logical ideas about how to drive down crime and police the city.
Bringing back the anti-crime unit, which Mayor Bill de Blasio disbanded last summer, and turning it into an “anti-gun unit,” re-assigning to the streets that them, police officers who are wasting their training at desk jobs that could be done by civilians, focusing on gang violence, and focusing more on prevention on crime by bolstering education and the diagnosis of learning disabilities, which are common among criminals are some of Adams’ practical and sensible ideas, as opposed to, for example, the ideas of Wiley, who has said she wants to defund the police and appoint a police commissioner “who is a civilian.”
At the end of the debate, when the candidates were asked to describe themselves in one word, Wiley chose the word, “silly,” as if that were an appealing way to describe a potential mayor of a city of 8 and a half million people.
Eric Adams chose, “workaholic,” Kathryn Garcia chose, “fixer,” Andrew Yang chose, “determined,” Scott Stringer chose, “comeback kid,” which are two words: the same number as there are allegations that have come out against him.