As Eric Adams Runs His Administration Up Flagpoles, Will Voters Salute? 

The mayor always has a flag near at hand (St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 17, 2023). Steve Edreff

By December 1988, New York City mayor Ed Koch was in a pickle. His approval rating hovered around 35%. Homeless advocates were marching on midtown as the city’s housing crisis worsened and Koch’s plan to forcibly hospitalize the unhoused failed miserably. The mayor had recently alienated large swathes of the city’s Democratic party by viciously attacking civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, then a candidate for president. A few months earlier, NYPD officers had publicly beaten and arrested innocent park-goers in what would be

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