Adams grades his first year a success

Mayor Eric Adams put on his rose-colored glasses on Sunday when assessing his first year in office.

The mayor touted his decisions while handling the pandemic and subway crime, despite a record-high number of transit murders and rising COVID cases.

“New York City’s not coming back, New York City’s back,” Adams, 62, declared.

Adams pointed to NYPD statistics that showed crime was down in the transit system by 20% in the 28 days before Dec. 11 compared to the same time period last year. He however neglected to mention that 2022 set a record for the number of subway homicides – the most since NYPD began keeping data in 1997.

Overall city crime is still up 25% so far in 2022, according to the most recent statistics, with increases in all major felonies except for murder, according to the NYPD. 

The mayor shot back at critics of his plan to involuntarily commit mentally ill unsheltered New Yorkers, saying the decision to hospitalize people would be led by “mental-health professionals, not police officers.”

“We cannot allow people in an inhumane way to live on our streets, ignore them, act like it doesn’t exist,” Adams said.

The mayor also blamed the messengers with his criticism of the City Hall press corps, alleging local reporters focus too much on crime and not enough on the city’s recovery.

“If the press points out what I can do better, isn’t it only fair that I point out what the industry can do better?”

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