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Blue City Blues

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2023
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Eric Adams is trying to con us into believing New York City is “thriving.” Sorry, Mr. Mayor, but we’re not wearing rose-colored glasses.

On Sunday, Adams spoke at a brunch for New York Sun supporters at The American Hotel in tony Sag Harbor, New York. He said, “The city is not coming back. We’re back back.”

Apparently, he thinks his job is public relations, not actually solving the city’s problems.

A Siena College poll shows more New York state voters disapprove than approve of Adams’ response to the migrant crisis. So, what does the mayor do?

Last week, he launched a highly coordinated social media campaign, requiring more than 20 city agencies to tweet out a message applauding New York City’s welcoming of migrants. “New York remains a beacon for all who come to our shores,” one of the posts read.

The propaganda blitz, paid for by tax dollars, praises the “brave New Yorkers ready to help,” including the mayor, of course. It’s a slap in the face to New Yorkers already footing most of the bill for the crisis.

Adams dished more P.R. spin at Sunday’s breakfast. Here’s a taste:

Adams: “There’s only two types of Americans – either you live in New York, or you wish you could.”

Reality check: The city is going from Big Apple to shrunken apple, losing population massively. Some 400,000 people fled during 2020 and 2021, and in 2022, Manhattan was the only borough that did not lose population.

Worse, 158 financial firms have moved their headquarters out of New York City since 2019, taking nearly $1 trillion in managed assets with them.

Adams just returned from a whirlwind three-day trip to Israel, in part to attract business. Why not keep the businesses already here?

Last year, financial firms paid $5.4 billion in New York taxes, accounting for almost one-quarter of all personal income tax collections.

Taxpayers are leaving, and migrants who consume tax dollars are flooding in.

Adams: The media hype about crime in Times Square is “not the reality.” He added, “People are out dining, dating, eating, enjoying the beauty of what this city has to offer.”

Reality check: Times Square is overrun with junkies smoking crack pipes, drug dealers selling within view of cops, homeless people sprawled out and migrants loitering aimlessly.

In the last two years, major crime has skyrocketed 50% in the New York Police Department’s Midtown South precinct, which includes Times Square, Madison Square Garden, Grand Central Station, and Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Adams: “There is no disorder,” he insists. He claims the city feels safe and orderly.

Reality check: Petty crime, including shoplifting, is soaring.

The subways are what New York Post columnist Steve Cuozzo calls a “rolling lunatic asylum.”

Car thefts, illegal drug dealing, and fare beating are out of control. The mayor should be empowering the newly appointed NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban to crack down on small crimes because these send a dangerous message that anything will be tolerated.

Adams: On the migrant crisis, Adams said the immediate remedy is “allowing people to work.” He said, “They’re professionals, they’re writers, they’re journalists, they’re in medical professions. We have a shortage of nurses.” Adams added, “We were given a gift, that we now need to manage that gift.”

Reality check: That’s crazy talk.

Instead of having the backbone to tell President Joe Biden to close the border, Adams and fellow Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul are using work authorization as a political default position.

Hochul claims there are roughly 460,000 job openings in New York state, more than enough for every migrant seeking work. All that’s needed is for Biden to cut the red tape on work authorizations. The nutty assumption is that a migrant can fill any job.

Data on the latest newcomers are not available, but according to Pew Research Center, most migrants do not speak English and do not have higher education.

California needs farm workers. New York needs hospitality workers. But beyond that, job openings are in nursing, software development and computer support, per The Hechinger Report and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Migrants are not job-ready for these positions.

Finally, Adams confessed to the audience: “This is going to be a retrospectively appreciated administration.”

Reality check: Meanwhile, New Yorkers suffer.

The progressive agenda — sanctuary status, tolerance for disorder, coddling criminals — is destroying New York, and sadly, many other blue cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Portland.

Tell Mayor Adams to dispense with the P.R. No one is fooled. Start governing.

Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York and chairman of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths. Follow her on Twitter @Betsy_McCaughey.

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Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
7 months ago

They dumped Cuomo then end up with Hokel; they dump DeBlasio then end up with Adams. Talk about the “definition of insanity”… Here’s a clue: it if has a (D) after its name, don’t vote for it! Ask California how that worked out…

Jackie
Jackie
7 months ago

Not all illegals really want to work!! Many of them came here because of the promise of free stuff!! Democrats love to give away things on the taxpayers dime!! And these 460,000 jobs that the Governor says are available – I doubt that number just because it’s a government official that’s giving out that number!! They throw numbers around like crazy!!

Lawrence Greenberg
Lawrence Greenberg
7 months ago

“Eric Adams is trying to con us into believing New York City is “thriving.” Sorry, Mr. Mayor, but we’re not wearing rose-colored glasses.”
Same thing Braindead Joe is doing.

Jeri
Jeri
7 months ago

Spare me. I know a lying sack of ???? when I see one. Stop insulting American citizens.

Robin W Boyd
Robin W Boyd
7 months ago

I lived in Baltimore City for the first 50+ years of my life. When William Donald Schaefer was mayor, Baltimore City was at it’s best. Schaefer was a Democrat, so you could say Baltimore was a Blue city. It’s not the party; it’s the people! Today’s Democrat Party is controlled by the most hateful Progressive people in politics. We must rid government of all Progressives, whether elected, appointed or hired. If one refuses to uphold the U.S. Constitution and the laws of nature, one does not deserve to be paid by We the People.

anna hubert
anna hubert
7 months ago

460 000 jobs More than enough for every migrant who wants to work My question to her would be what happens with those who have no intentions of working and what about the accommodations

heil biden
heil biden
7 months ago

ALL DEMORATS BETTER GET THEIR HEAD OUT OF THEIR *SS

patriot
patriot
7 months ago

Adams was born minus a brain! New Yorkers who can, want to leave New York. Illegals are lazy illiterates, who came for the “Free Stuff”, they aren’t Nurses, journalists or professionals as Adams says. He puts them up in 5 star hotels at taxpayer expense. But taxpayers will wake up and throw him out when THEY run out of money!

Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis
7 months ago

Data on the latest newcomers are not available, but according to Pew Research Center, most migrants do not speak English and do not have higher education.”
AI and robotics are supposed to replace 30% of low paying jobs over the next decade. So, while Medicare and Social Security are going broke, we are importing millions of immigrants who can’t speak English and have little education and do not respect our laws, to live on the dole?

NIcholas Elder
NIcholas Elder
7 months ago

Talk about delusional! NYC is a cesspool and is sinking quickly. Whatever Adams is smoking, I hope that he will share it!

Charlotte
Charlotte
7 months ago

Eric Adams is simply another black politician who promised to clean up a sick, dying city but when he got elected, he changed his tune. This is true of most of the black politicians in these blue cities. The black keep voting for them because they are black like them, then complain when nothing changes…indeed gets worse!!! Why don’t they wake up and smell the fraud?? It is almost like the black on black crime in Chicago. It is nuts!

Dennis
Dennis
7 months ago

With the majority of the NYPD leaving for other counties and states and 75% of residents who have fled the disgusting filthy high-crime place, it’s hardly a “thriving” joint. As usual, the Adams guy lies.

George
George
7 months ago

It’s not the PR he needs to dispense with. It’s the BS.

james
james
7 months ago

He is not capable of governing-as he has demonstrated.

Rik
Rik
7 months ago

Liberals must live by: “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride!”

CarlS
CarlS
7 months ago

Got news for you mayor Adams, my son has lived in NYC over 20 years and he’s a liberal like you. I would NEVER want to live in your NYC, or Hocul’s NY state even if you gave me a townhouse downtown. My wife and I were just there this past May and I had no plans to go downtown to see what you, and the idiot that had your job before you, have done to your SANCTUARY CITY. You deserve everything you asked for and more. You say NYC is a beacon to all, well just wait until they start living in the statue of Liberty and on Liberty island. That beacon will grow dim. I do disagree with Ms MaCaughey on one thing she said “The city is going from Big Apple to shrunken apple,” I disagree it’s more a ROTTEN apple.

Ron Hopkins
Ron Hopkins
7 months ago

I had a good feeling Adams was a loser when he was elected and it is obviously apparent now. He lives in fairyland because he talks of how great everything is , but in reality ( where no Democrats live) the city is s rat hole. The Marxist clown, like all the rest of the Marxist clowns, ruin everything and blame everyone else. The lies are straight in your face! They can’t condemn their own ideology, so they throw out the lies and pass the buck. You’d think the city is a shinning light with everything so great that it’s a beacon for everyone to follow! Instead, it’s all a lie and it’s nothing but a craphole! Crime, druggies, mobs, car jackings, robberies, bums, mentally insane on the streets, public exposure,public urination, public crapping, public intoxication, rapes, shootings, and everything else that consists of a Democratic hellhole!

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