NYC Mayor Eric Adams warns Democrats are taking a “wrong stance” on concerns from key voters

Big Apple Mayor Eric Adams berated Democrats for having “the wrong attitude” as they addressed concerns of key constituents in an op-ed on Sunday – after months of blaming “perception” for fears of rising crime and refused to confront Gov. Kathy Hochul over the hot-button issue.

“New York is the safest major city in America, but that statistic means nothing to a mother grieving a child lost to gun violence,” Adams wrote in USA Today, contradicting his earlier claim that the stats show it fear of crime is mainly about “perception”. ”

“Voting is an act of emotional trust, not simple logic. It’s about acknowledging people’s needs, their feelings, their reality — and doing something about it,” Hizzoner added, speaking of Democrats losing working-class voters.

Adams admitted that Republicans “are good at this” and “ask the right questions” — although at the time they claimed “even if they’re providing the wrong answers.”

“Democrats have the right answers but the wrong attitudes,” he said.

Adams called New York City the safest city in the world.
Adams previously said that fear of crime is about “perception.”
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Adams urged his Democrats to focus on “immediate” solutions to crime — as well as other key working-class constituency issues like the economy and inflation.

“They are deeply concerned about the economy, crime and inflation. They are also increasingly looking for leadership that recognizes their concerns and defends their interests, regardless of party,” he wrote.

“We need to prioritize and keep ‘immediate’ solutions – like investments in income tax credits, childcare, housing, health care and public safety – and keep them there,” he continued.

He said the solutions Democrats need to look for should have an immediate impact on people.
Adams urged Democrats to focus on crime and inflation.
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Adams’ party fared better than expected in last Tuesday’s midterm elections — except in New York, where Gov. Hochul won a hair-raising victory over Republican Lee Zeldin.

The GOP in the deep blue Empire State also took two congressional seats on Long Island.

Democrats risk “long-term irrelevance” if they fail to win back working-class voters, Adams warned.

The Big Apple mayor specifically noted a decline in support from Hispanic and Asian voters compared to 2018.

Just 6 in 10 Hispanic and Asian Americans have voted Democrat, according to the Associated Press Exit poll — down from 7 in 10 and 8 in 10, respectively, just four years ago.

“On Tuesday, Republicans from those communities in Queens and Brooklyn — traditionally deep blue areas — performed very strongly, capturing seats traditionally owned by Democrats,” he said.

“Republicans will … continue to play their advantage in the congressional cards and control more seats with fewer votes than we can as we become the party of only upper-middle-class urban and suburban residents and render ourselves irrelevant in the long run.”

Adams has sought to increase his role in national politics for the Democratic Party since winning the Democratic mayoral primary in June 2021, when he declared himself the new “face of the Democratic Party.”

“America fails to run cities,” Adams said at the time.

Adams campaigned for Hochul ahead of Tuesday’s gubernatorial election but faced accusations that he may prefer to see their long-drawn GOP challenger Zeldin win because of his public safety agenda in Albany. NYC Mayor Eric Adams warns Democrats are taking a “wrong stance” on concerns from key voters


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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