The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce hosted its first-ever Anti-Crime Summit Thursday. That the chamber thought the event was necessary is a bad sign: If things were going well, it would leave the pols to it. The mayor retains a lot of goodwill, largely because he’s not Bill de Blasio — but he’s running out of time for spectacular early results.
Eric Adams’ summit speech illustrated the problem: The mayor can’t decide whether he wants to declare victory or issue a crisis call for help.
He ended on the victory note, telling the crowd, “We’re in a good place, New York.” “New York is back,” he declared. “We’re seeing a decrease in crime.” But he’s also smart enough to know you don’t sell a win to people who feel like they’re losing.
Crime in core Manhattan is not down.
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