(Video: Fox News)
New York City Mayor Eric Adams should spend less time enjoying the nightlife and put more effort into his day job.
That is the assessment of State Assemblyman Mike Lawler, a Republican candidate for Congress in a district outside the city. “I had high hopes for him, but so far, he’s been a big disappointment,” Lawler admitted in the video clip embedded above.
“Mayor Adams really needs to act,” Lawler declared on “Fox & Friends First” on Monday about the nightlife-loving leader of Gotham. “He’s really got to stop spending his time partying and start focusing on the job at hand, and crime is number one. It needs to be addressed.”
“Obviously Mayor Adams inherited a mess from Bill de Blasio, but unfortunately, he really hasn’t been able to turn the tide here,” Lawler added about the crime-ridden city.
“I don’t recall Mayor Giuliani or Mayor Bloomberg acting like this, and frankly, New York City saw a 20-year period of public safety and economic growth under their leadership because they took the job serious,” the lawmaker recalled,” and they spent their time focused on what needed to get done.”
He continued: “Unfortunately, so far, this mayor has spent more time partying than he has really cracking down on the issue at hand. And when you’re talking about record levels of inflation, the highest in over 40 years, when you’re talking about supply chain issues like baby formula shortages, when you’re talking about crime, it really requires a serious level of attention.”
As alluded to above, pro-business Democrat Adams, a former NYPD captain, was elected mayor in November 2021, primarily on a law-and-order platform. So far, however, Adams seems perhaps to be more interested in pursuing a celebrity lifestyle rather than effectively addressing street violence.
A new poll claims that the job approval rating for the out-on-the-town politician has collapsed to just 29 percent.
“While some voters seem to have noticed that Adams spends an awful lot of time hanging with celebrities and drinking with the hip set, not everyone’s mad about it. In fact, nightlife insiders say he’s the best thing that could happen to the city’s party population,” the New York Post reported in its Page Six gossip section, noting that one tavern owner has dubbed him “the nightlife mayor,” for how Adams has supposedly revitalized the city’s hospitality sector.
Lawler appeared on the Fox News morning program ostensibly to react to a wave of NYPD retirements or officers leaving to join suburban departments, which is prompting a manpower shortage that has serious ramifications for public safety.
Crime-ridden Gotham City seeing NYPD exodus, with police officers leaving in droves https://t.co/HPuY1nc9RJ
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 12, 2022
He noted that cops have become fed up with the state’s revolving-door justice system arising from the so-called bail reform law. The assemblyman went on to insinuate that woke Democrats who control the legislature have no intention of ending the catch-and-release policy. Adams has called for the law to be amended.
“According to government data, crime had spiked 44% in the Big Apple as of April, with repeat offenders prompting the surge,” Fox News reported.
“We’ve seen one bad policy after the next in New York State, starting with cashless bail, raise the age, the effort to defund the police, the elimination of the anti-crime unit…and I think more and more officers, as soon as they can retire, are taking the opportunity to do so, or if they can transfer to a department in the suburbs, are doing so,” Lawler told the FNC show’s co-host, Carley Shimkus.
“And that is problematic obviously for the city of New York. We have seen record-rising crime, you have people being tossed onto subway tracks, babies being shot in broad daylight, and it is absolutely unacceptable,” he noted.
Lawler implied that help is not on the way via legislation at the state capital in Albany. “Sadly, my colleagues have their heads in the sands. And it’s really their communities that are being most [impacted] by this rapid rise in crime. And the idea that somebody could commit a crime, be arrested, and be put back on the street within hours to commit the same offense, or worse, is really outrageous,” he said.
“Obviously, there needs to be due process, people need to have access to a speedy trial, and the ability to get before a judge. But they should not be able to go right back out on the streets, especially if they’re committing a violent offense, and putting people in harm’s way,” he contended.
Parenthetically, Lawler is running in a congressional district where U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has endorsed a progressive challenger who is trying to unseat incumbent Sean Patrick Maloney in the Democrat primary.
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