At his 100-day mark, Adams oversees a drowning NYC


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David Alvarado

New York City Mayor Eric Adams completed his first 100 days in office on April 11. His “get stuff done” motto hangs by a thread as crime surges, unemployment rates rise and homelessness becomes more of an issue.

New York City has one of the worst unemployment rates in the nation at 7.6%, double the national average, according to Bloomberg. The city that once dominated the U.S. economy is rapidly diminishing as Adams vows to restore the city’s previous reputation.

“New York’s economy is enduring a slower recovery because it is so dependent on the office and entertainment sectors,” Mark Vitner, a Wells Fargo senior economist, told Bloomberg.

Adams proposed an incentive to create more jobs for younger adolescents through summer youth programs, which he plans on extending all year round to help families “make ends meet.”

The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is an enormous youth employment program eligible for individuals between the ages 14 to 24. It’s uncertain how many adolescents will benefit from the program’s extension since individuals under 18 must return to school during the academic year.

Even if Adams extends the SYEP to all year round, it’s unlikely to solve New York’s economic crisis as inflation skyrockets and job opportunities dwindle for older adults.

Crime is soaring. Minor misdemeanors, subway felonies, shootings, armed robberies and assaults are increasing with no end in sight.

Adams, a former police captain, deployed more officers to patrol the streets of New York, but his method does not seem to faze criminals in the slightest.

New Yorkers are beginning to fear riding public transportation as the largest rail system in the nation begins to crumble.

“Listening to a local New Yorker talking to a news reporter saying he doesn’t feel safe riding the subway anymore. He doesn’t know what to do because it’s too expensive to drive or take uber. Heartbreaking to hear people shaken to their core,” Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean tweeted.

Just this week, Frank James shot and injured at least 23 people in a Brooklyn subway station, for which he is being charged with carrying out a terrorist attack.

In January alone, two police officers were shot and a woman was pushed to her death in front of a train at the Times Square subway station. 

As Adams faces backlash regarding the crime upheaval, he ensures the people of New York of his administration’s ability to provide a safe environment for New Yorkers.

“Public safety can be achieved when we invest in ensuring our communities are strong, so we can actually prevent crime and violence before they occur,” Adams said in an interview at City Hall. “A balanced and comprehensive approach to public safety that focuses more on prevention is the most effective.”

Adams is also tackling the homelessness crisis since the city’s sidewalks are filled with helpless individuals who make their living off begging. Many of these citizens suffer from substance abuse disorder and severe mental illnesses that cause them to be mistreated by officers and pedestrians.

The number of homeless shelters in New York isn’t enough to help the overwhelming amounts of individuals who desperately need care. Adams’s plans to change that by offering the homeless sanitary and humane living conditions.

In January, the number of people living in parks and on the streets reached an undercounted total of 1,110, according to The New York Times.

However, Adams proceeded with his intentions of clearing encampments of the homeless by instructing sanitation workers and police officers to evict individuals from the public areas they live in for shelter.

While Adams has the right idea by moving homeless people off the street and into facilities, abruptly displacing them and throwing away their belongings is cruel.

“I think it’s an effort to get us to leave,” a 34-year-old homeless man told The New York Times. “But where are we going to go? If I had some place to go, I wouldn’t be here.”

Putting homeless individuals in shelters will not stop them from finding somewhere else to camp out. What Adams is proposing is nothing but a temporary fix.

Adams fails to realize how crime, unemployment and homelessness piggyback off each other. With the homeless running rampant all over New York City, crime will only worsen, and employment will continue to decline.

Tourism plays a significant role in New York’s economic recovery. If crime continues to surge, tourists are less likely to visit.

Adams continues to talk and not act. If he genuinely did something that made a difference, New Yorkers would notice improvement, not regression.

When he first entered office, Adams focused on keeping New York open and combating the pandemic after two strenuous years. He stressed the importance of vaccines and how effective they are during the public health crisis.

As the pandemic subsides, Adams must concentrate on what matters, which is the livelihood of New Yorkers. As bleak events quickly unfold in the city that never sleeps, the next few years do not look promising.