February 6, 2023

How Mayor Eric Adams is ‘getting stuff done’ in New York City – Perspective by Britt Trachtenberg

Mayor Eric Adams attends PCNY and the Ellen MaQuire Foundation's food distribution event on West 34th Street in Manhattan on Thursday, December 28, 2022. Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office
Mayor Eric Adams attends PCNY and the Ellen MaQuire Foundation's food distribution event on Thursday, December 28, 2022. Diane Bondareff/Mayoral Photography Office

Mayor Eric Adams stood behind a podium at Kings Theatre in New York City. The slogan “Getting Stuff Done” was pasted on the wood. Adams addressed the economy, public transit, education, and immigration. In front of a crowd, he promised to bring positive change to New York City. He delivered a speech regarding his first one hundred days in office.

In November 2021, New York City elected Adams. Prior to his new job, he served as an NYPD officer and state senator. Recently, he published a list of accomplishments and goals. Feats include his subway safety plan and Gun Violence Strategies Partnership. His financial relief for Twin Parks fire victims saw success. Mayor Adams proactively gets practical ‘stuff’ done.

I understand that politicians have catchy slogans. Americans know President Joseph R. Biden Jr. for his slogan ‘Build Back Better.’ Similarly, former President Barack H. Obama campaigned with ‘Middle Class First.’ In office, Adams funded small businesses and raised essential workers’ wages. He proved his mission to protect New Yorkers. Though catchy, ‘stuff’ doesn’t convey the same vision.

As a New Yorker, I take the subway to work. Adams’ nine-point plan focused on police. He placed more emergency personnel in stations. To combat brutality, he added mental health personnel. NYC.gov reports, “more than 256,000 subway inspections” between January and April. These measures only stop crime’s aftermath. Something must change in violence’s wake.

In 2022, COVID still affects people and businesses. Adams distributed over 20 million home tests. Schools remained open with low positivity rates. Also, he launched a color-coded graphic to assess risk levels. The illustration lifts language barriers. No matter the language, citizens recognize green as ‘safe.’ Governor Hochul of New York has even thanked Adams for his “continued partnership.”

Similarly, Adams emphasized small businesses. He created the Small Business Opportunity Fund to help local businesses. Also, he launched the Founder Fellowship program. This initiative helps BIPOC residents start businesses. I love to shop small and appreciate Adams’s commitment. It inspires me when a politician follows through.

Adams initiated unique entity measures. In 2017, NYC reported 840,263 youth in jail. He combated high incarceration with a mentorship program. Every inmate under twenty-one received a guide with judicial experience. Perhaps this will prevent youth’s future arrests. This measure responds to incarceration after-the-fact. Still, it presents a step in a new direction.

Adams expanded the Future Fair program’s funding. Future Fair provides tutoring to foster children. When browsing Adams hundred-day talking points, I appreciated this. Members of the public discuss foster care reform. This often occurs in vague, blanket statements. Adams found a obtainable way to advocate for foster youth.

Adams still has a long way to go, especially as crime and other issues are concerned, but his first year seems to have gone quite well.

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