New York City Mayoral frontrunner Eric Adams said in a Friday TV appearance that “cities have betrayed the public,” and declared he’s the right candidate to restore trust.
Adams talked about trying times in his youth, conceding that he would be on the streets instead of in public service if a few things went differently.
“Cities have betrayed the public. New York City is representative of that betrayal,” the candidate said during an appearance on Black News Channel.
“We have basically abandoned everyday people … we spend a lifetime pulling people out of the river but no one goes upstream to keep them from falling in in the first place,” Adams said, paraphrasing Bishop Desmond Tutu and vowing to represent the city’s underserved populations.
The Democrat said he’s feeling “steady” ahead of Tuesday’s contest against Republican Curtis Sliwa, in which he is favored by an enormous margin.
Adams told the network the top three issues he would address as mayor are public safety, education and the economy, calling jobs an “anti-violence program.”
“Education is the contributor to many of the problems we are facing … there’s a real feeling that black and brown people have been abandoned by the educational system,” the 61-year-old said.
The ex-cop also said he would “redefine the ecosystem of public safety,” to include mental health services for suspects while standing behind cops who do their jobs, but coming down harder on those who don’t.
“If you think you’re going to remain in that uniform and violate the public, that’s not going to happen,” the Brooklyn Borough President said.
Adams would be New York’s second black mayor if elected.