With election night celebrations behind him, expect Mayor-elect Eric Adams to hit the ground running on Wednesday: Moving his agenda forward can’t wait until his inauguration on January 1.
Much of the work will be done off the stage: finalizing its town hall team and its choices to lead agencies. Two of the most important positions are those of police commissioner and chancellor of schools. It is essential that he chooses people who are not ideologues but competent administrators. Job 1 reestablishes order in the streets and restores normal schools.
Average New Yorkers need to know that Adams will honor its core commitments to restore public safety and order, making quality and opportunity the primary goals of education, attracting commuters and tourists as a result of the pandemic and restoring the confidence of the business community.
It will need to garner political support – including the cooperation of the legislature, city council and other elected officials such as the five district attorneys – for its priorities. Getting state lawmakers to correct the law “without bail” to allow judges to lock up chronic offenders and clear threats to public safety won’t be easy, but it is essential to tackling crime.
Adams won the nomination first, then the general election by promising to be a pragmatic guardian of New York’s interests – a Democrat who understands that Gotham needs the trash to be picked up, the streets safe, the streets safe, the streets safe. schools actually teach and the whole town is functioning.
He defeated ideologues who set other priorities, but many equally misguided politicians still hold power. The New York workers who made him their next mayor need him to stick to the course he has set for himself from the start and give the hope and change this city so desperately desperately needs. need.