Opinion: Adams stakes his mayoralty on crime trends that may be outside his control

Unlike his recent predecessors, Eric Adams has not staked his mayoralty on any large social safety net expansions or major policy shifts. Michael Bloomberg, tasked with lifting New York out of the ashes of 9/11, moved on to dramatically reimagining the streets—building pedestrian plazas and bike lanes—and banning smoking in bars, kicking off a public health revolution. Bill de Blasio was the mayor who created a much-heralded universal pre-K program that will probably be with us for decades to come.

At best, Adams has tinkered around the edges of each vision, and has yet to introduce a 100-day agenda as promised. He has been slow to appoint agency

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