Adams Takes Control Edition – Streetsblog New York City
On Monday, while Mayor de Blasio was discuss low morale at the Department of Corrections and hyped up new restaurant week promotion as part of his “Summer of NYC” pitch, the city’s real-life mayor Eric Adams was meeting with President Biden to talk about policing.
City officials from across the country were on hand as Biden urged them to hire more cops (uh, wut?), but Adams balked, saying he’d wait and see if we should hire more officers, or just learn to make better use of the multitudes we have (NYDN, New York Post, gothamist). Adams also pitched Biden on more dyslexia screening. (Daily Mail)
Meanwhile, New York’s vaunted press corps couldn’t help but notice that the real the mayor of New York was not at the table.
“I’m curious, why didn’t you go and get invited?” Emma Fitzsimmons of The Times asked directly.
“I think the White House got together a group of people that they wanted to talk to about this issue. And I think it makes sense that Eric brings a particular perspective from over 20 years as a police officer. So I think it’s good that he’s here, and I want them to listen to his voice. I think he has an incredible perspective on the things we need to do in the future.
Julia Marsh of the Post followed and the mayor tried again.
“He – look, he’s someone who has spent over 20 years as a police officer and he has, I think, some good ideas on how to protect people while pursuing reform,” said Hizzoner said. “I think it’s great that they want to hear his ideas. He’s the borough president of Brooklyn, you know, one of the biggest counties in the whole country. Of course, it makes sense that he is there.
Reminder: Brooklyn is a big county, but it’s only a piece of New York.
In other news:
- There really wasn’t any other news, so we’ll excoriate — for a second day! — our friends in the media for not following our two-day scoop on the NYPD’s involvement in the hit-and-run death of delivery cyclist Borkot Ullah last week. First, we released an exclusive video showing Ullah’s killer himself being chased by cops in an unmarked police car. And on Monday afternoon, we reported that the office of State Attorney General Letitia James had taken over the case because it was a police-involved death. And then late Monday we reported on a new video that clearly shows police involvement. Come on, mainstream media, this is a big story about a hard-working immigrant who was killed in part because of police behavior. He needs a thorough investigation!
- Larry Penner thinks the authorities deserve more credit for the MTA’s new subway cars. (This island now)
- And, finally, we leave you with some of that special Second Avenue Sagas sauce:
The glacial pace of Citi Bike’s expansion throughout the Bill de Blasio administration should get a lot more attention than it does.
– Second Ave. Sagas (@2AvSagas) July 12, 2021