As Eric Adams rides to the mayoralty on a wave of unprecedented good will and excessive expectations, he would do nicely to heed my 100% infallible recommendation. For one, he ought to keep away from statements like this:
“On Jan. 1, I will multiply the number of carriage horses in the city and give them their own dedicated lanes on the avenues.”
Ha! It’s unlikely he’d say that, however my level is: Mr. Mayor, don’t make guarantees you’ll be able to’t hold. Bill de Blasio’s pledge to ban the horses on “Day One” blew up in his face. His failure to push by what seemed like a easy if unwise diktat haunted his mayoralty for eight years and got here to face for his total weak spot.
Instead, it is best to sign adjustments which can be inside your skill to implement. A mayor’s powers are narrowly circumscribed by state guidelines and additional restricted by the far-left City Council, crime-coddling district attorneys, and grasping unions.
But you do management the streets and companies that report back to you — most significantly the NYPD and FDNY and the departments of well being, transportation, housing growth and homeless companies.
Plus, you’ll be able to draw on a trio of strengths: street-smarts out of your 20 years in the NYPD; political abilities honed throughout your phrases in the State Senate and as Brooklyn borough president; and the bully pulpit the mayoralty supplies to an individual unashamed to make use of it.
Here, then, my modest proposals:
1. Shout from the rooftops, “Come back to the office, New Yorkers!” And delicately trace of deep City Hall disfavor with firms that needlessly drag their heels on ending distant work. Otherwise, Mr. Adams, you’ll face collapsing industrial actual property values by the shut of your first time period and an finish to the tax-revenue gravy prepare that workplace towers present to pay for metropolis companies.
2. Use your knees, elbows and appreciable persuasive powers to make state legislators rescind bail “reform” guidelines which have flooded our streets with recidivist muggers, homicidal gang members and even some cop-shooters. Put incoming, cop-hating Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg on discover that he, too, can be held to account by disgusted New Yorkers.
3. Rapidly observe by in your acknowledged intention to carry again the NYPD’s plainclothes anti-crime unit, the extremely efficient squad de Blasio disbanded final yr — irrespective of how a lot flak you are taking for it. Tell your new, but to be named police commissioner to do it immediately.
4. Put subway cops on the platforms the place they’re wanted. Get powerful with commanders who let officers stand and mill on mezzanines like restaurant waiters ready for a crowd to indicate up. The crimes that riders worry most — shovings onto tracks and random slashings — happen on prepare platforms. But the transit drive is absurdly deployed upstairs, as if the cops are afraid to get their fingers soiled.
5. Put muscle again into the colleges’ Gifted and Talented program. You rejected de Blasio’s bid to close it down and also you even say you wish to broaden it. Back up that pledge with a time-frame and agency particulars earlier than the lecturers union and its lapdogs discover methods to water it down. If middle-class mother and father don’t see resolve in your half, they’ll speed up the exodus of children to constitution and non secular colleges past the purview of the Department of Education, which you known as one in all the metropolis’s (*7*)
6. Tackle obscene inequities in the metropolis’s property-tax guidelines. They absurdly favor higher-value single-family properties, co-ops and condos over leases and less-valuable co-ops and condos. A Park Slope brownstone valued at $2.5 million may owe much less tax than a $800,000 house in Canarsie, for instance. This punishes primarily New Yorkers of coloration and discourages growth of moderately-priced residences. It would take state motion to make structural adjustments in the tax code. But you, Mayor Adams, may help merely by adjusting the method that over-assesses less-valuable properties. The metropolis may cap the quantity raised from property taxes at two p.c as in the remainder of the state.
7. Rescind your pledge so as to add 300 miles of protected bike lanes throughout the metropolis. Say: “I was not in my right mind when I said that — I blame my vegan diet — so there will be no more bike lanes.” Short of that, you’ll be able to kill for good the Department of Transportation’s nutty plan for a commerce-destroying lane on Midtown’s Fifth Avenue, which it punted till after the holidays. Second, pay extra consideration than lip service to enterprise house owners’ warnings that new lanes destroy shops, eating places and make life hell for workplace tenants.
Thanks for listening — and should you’ve at the very least 4 wonderful years.