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  • Mayor Adams Wants to End Agency Silos; Five City Initiatives Have Been Doing It

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    New Yorkers at work (photo: Ed Reed/Mayor's Office)


    Mayor Eric Adams has repeatedly cited inefficiencies of city government for failing New Yorkers and has vowed that he will end silos that prevent city agencies from working together for better governance. His predecessor, Mayor Bill de Blasio, attempted some of that with five pilot programs aimed at addressing poverty-related issues. Those pilot programs are nearing the end of their timeline and, according to the official coordinating the efforts, have made “significant progress” despite the challenges posed by the

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  • Max Politics Podcast: Bill de Blasio's Legacy and Eric Adams' Agenda

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    Bill de Blasio & Eric Adams (photo: Erica Sherman/Brooklyn BP's Office)


    January 5, 2022 - Max Politics Podcast: Bill de Blasio's Legacy and Eric Adams' Agenda

    Bill de Blasio recently left office after eight years as Mayor, handing city government off to Eric Adams. Joining the show to discuss de Blasio's legacy, the city he left to Adams, and what's ahead for the new Mayor are: Sally Goldenberg of Politico, Dr. Christina Greer of Fordham University, and Harry Siegel of The Daily Beast and The Daily News (Greer and

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  • Lessons from NYC Past: Like Mayors Before Him, Eric Adams Enters Office Amid Major Crisis

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    Mayor Eric Adams (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    Voters have thrust Eric Adams upon history. He has taken office as the city faces one of its greatest crises—a resurging covid pandemic as a result of the highly-contagious Omicron variant—along with the usual city troubles of crime, homelessness, and mental illness, among others.

    Yet, Adams is hardly the first mayor to be sworn in during a crisis. What historical lessons exist for Mayor Adams?

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg was sworn into office four months after September

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  • 7 Climate Steps for the Adams Administration to Move New York City Ahead

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    Eric Adams at a climate rally (photo: Office of Eric Adams)


    Earlier this month, Senator Joe Manchin appeared to scuttle the Biden Administration’s Build Back Better bill, which promised to be America’s largest ever investment into clean energy.  Just like that, local governments – which have been shouldering the climate leadership load for the last decade – could be losing their best chance to see active federal investment to avert the climate crisis now underway.

    Luckily, cities like New York are already leading. This

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  • Tracking the Transition: Mayor Eric Adams Appoints His Government

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    Mayor-elect Adams with 5 Deputy Mayor appointees (photo: @MTorresSpringer)


    Eric Adams took office on January 1, 2022 as the 110th Mayor of New York City.

    After winning the 2021 election, Adams announced his expansive transition committee and, in mid-December, began filling out his government. Here is a running list of his major appointments and nominations, some made when he was mayor-elect and some in his first weeks

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  • Who is Adrienne Adams, Presumptive Next New York City Council Speaker?

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    City Council Member Adrienne Adams, the likely next Speaker of the Council (photo: Emil Cohen/City Council)


    City Council Member Adrienne Adams, a Democrat from Southeastern Queens, is poised to become the next Speaker of the City Council. Adams, who has represented District 28 since 2018, will be the first-ever Black Speaker of the 51-member legislative body and will lead the first-ever women-majority New York City Council.

    The Speaker is one of only four elected officials with citywide authority besides the Mayor, Public

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  • Ending Its Fundraising Early, Eric Adams Campaign Refunds $1 Million to Hundreds of Donors

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    Eric Adams after a press conference (photo: Eric Adams)


    In the last two months of the mayoral election, now Mayor-elect Eric Adams refunded more than $1 million to 653 donors, only a few of whom had already contributed the maximum amount to his campaign while others had donated nothing previously.

    Between September 28 and November 25, the period covering two campaign finance disclosure filings, donors attempted to give Adams’ campaign more than $1.3 million. But Adams only retained about $298,000. The recent $1 million in

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  • As Eric Adams Allies Push Francisco Moya, Coalition Forms Behind Adrienne Adams for Next City Council Speaker

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    Council Member Adrienne Adams (photo: Gerardo Romo/City Council)


    In response to an effort by allies of Mayor-elect Eric Adams to install City Council Member Francisco Moya as the next Council Speaker, a coalition is forming behind Council Member Adrienne Adams to win the legislative leadership post, several sources with direct knowledge have told Gotham Gazette.

    The movement behind Adrienne Adams is being led by powerful labor unions that have been allied with the mayor-elect but were among many interested parties taken aback by the push to anoint

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  • ‘Don't Lose Your Base’: As He Becomes New York City’s Second Black Mayor, Lessons for Eric Adams from David Dinkins’ Tenure

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    Mayor-elect Eric Adams, right, with former Mayor David Dinkins (photo: @BKBoroHall)


    As Eric Adams exulted in his victory in the New York City mayoral election, he invoked the legacy of giants that preceded him. Speaking to his jubilant supporters at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Brooklyn on the evening of November 2, he rattled off the names of elected officials and activists who paved his way, the “revolutionaries who won wars without firing one shot.”

    They included Percy Sutton, who was, as Manhattan borough president, the

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  • Max Politics Podcast: A Bus Agenda for Mayor Adams

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    Eric Adams at an event urging better bus service (photo: BK BP office of Eric Adams)


    December 8, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: A Bus Agenda for Mayor Adams

    Two leading transit advocates joined the show to discuss a bus agenda for Mayor Eric Adams so that the new mayor who has promised to deliver for working-class bus riders can fulfill those promises and ensure city buses start moving faster. Danny Pearlstein of Riders Alliance and Ben Fried of Transit Center joined host Ben Max to discuss the current state of buses in

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  • Mayor-Elect Adams Raises Over $1 Million for Transition and Inauguration

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    Inauguration Day (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)


    Mayor-elect Eric Adams has raised more than $1 million for his transition and inauguration as he prepares to take over City Hall in three weeks from outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio.

    Adams, a Democrat who will be sworn into office on January 1, pulled in about $984,000 between November 3 and November 30, and has already disbursed about $183,000, according to the initial filing that was due to the New York City Campaign Finance Board this week.

    That left him with more than $800,000

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  • Max Politics Podcast: Teachers Union President Michael Mulgrew on Pandemic Schooling, Class Sizes, & Mayor-Elect Adams

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    UFT President Michael Mulgrew (photo: @UFT)


    December 7, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: Teachers Union President Michael Mulgrew on Pandemic Schooling, Class Sizes, & Mayor-Elect Adams

    New York City teachers union president Michael Mulgrew joined the show to discuss where things stand in city schools amid another pandemic school year, vaccine mandates and covid testing, learning loss and other classroom themes, the UFT's relationship with Mayor-elect Eric Adams, and more.

    Listen to the

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  • Eric Adams’ Choice: A Deputy Mayor for Justice

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    Mayor-elect Eric Adams outside the 71st Precinct (photo: Erica Sherman/Brooklyn BP's Office)


    The last time that New York City had a deputy mayor for public safety, New York City was in crisis. In 1990, murders topped out at over 2,200 – seven times the city’s low in 2018.

    Mayor David Dinkins directed his new appointee, Judge Milton Mollen, to “confront the crime that

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  • Mayor-Elect Adams Announces Hundreds of Transition Committee Members

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    Mayor-elect Eric Adams (photo: office of Eric Adams)


    With just under a month to go till he is sworn into office, Mayor-elect Eric Adams unveiled his transition team on Friday, featuring nearly 800 people across various areas of expertise including public health, food policy, arts and culture, budgeting, civic engagement, education, immigration, climate and infrastructure, housing, criminal justice and more.

    The transition team, which continues to grow, is headed by Sheena Wright, CEO and president of United Way of New York City, a nonprofit group

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  • WATCH: Experts Discuss Essentials to a Successful Mayoral Transition

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    Carl Wesibord, left, & Richard Buery with Mayor de Blasio at the announcements of their 2014 appointments


    As Mayor-elect Eric Adams is in the process of transitioning to become the next Mayor of New York City on January 1, two veterans of city government and mayoral transition processes spoke about the keys to a smooth transition, setting up a new city government, accomplishing top goals, and more. During an online "civic conversation" hosted by Citizens Union Foundation on Friday, December 3, former Deputy Mayor Richard Buery and Carl

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  • In Certified 2021 Election Results, Adams Wins Mayoralty with 66% of the Vote Amid 20.5% Turnout

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    Voters voting (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    With the New York City general election results certified Tuesday, Democratic Mayor-elect Eric Adams’ tally finished at 754,000 votes, leaving him with close to 66% of the vote-share compared to Republican Curtis Sliwa’s 27%, or 312,000 total votes.

    In total, the New York City Board of Elections counted the ballots of about 1,150,000 New Yorkers, bringing the turnout rate to 20.5% of the 5.6 million registered voters across the five boroughs. That included 85,000 absentee voters and 7,000

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  • Eric Adams’ $18 Million-Plus Campaign

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    Eric Adams with New Yorkers (photo: Adams campaign on flickr)


    Mayor-elect Eric Adams’ victory came with a hefty price tag. Over the course of the campaign, he raised just over $19.1 million, more than half of which was in public matching funds, and spent about $18.1 million, according to the latest financial disclosures. He also benefited from nearly $8.2 million in independent expenditures in his favor, with little outside spending to oppose him.

    Adams was all but assured to win after emerging as the Democratic mayoral nominee from a crowded field

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  • De Blasio Releases Final City Budget Update as Mayor, Setting Fiscal Stage for Adams

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    Mayor de Blasio giving a budget briefing (photo: Rob Bennett/Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)


    New York City’s budget for the 2022 fiscal year, which began July 1, has increased to a record $102.8 billion, a $4.1 billion uptick since it was first adopted, according to the latest financial update released by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday. The increase in spending, driven by federal relief and stimulus aid, was accompanied by new savings in agency spending, reduced debt and pension costs, and lower projected budget gaps for the future than previously

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  • ‘The New Commissioner Really Has Her Work Cut Out For Her’: Adrienne Adams on Police Reform, Running for City Council Speaker, and More

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    City Council Member Adrienne Adams (photo: John McCarten/City Council)


    The New York Police Department needs a major culture shift, according to City Council Member Adrienne Adams, a Queens Democrat who chairs the Council’s public safety committee, and incoming Mayor Eric Adams can lead the way.

    Speaking at length on a recent episode of the Max Politics podcast from Gotham Gazette, Adams outlined key takeaways from a series of oversight hearings she has chaired and

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  • After Another Low-Turnout, Uncompetitive Mayoral Election, Renewed Calls for Nonpartisan Elections that Eric Adams Once Supported

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    Mayor-Elect Eric Adams (photo: @ericadamsfornyc2021)


    When Mayor Michael Bloomberg put the prospect of nonpartisan or "open" primary elections before voters in 2003, Eric Adams was a vocal supporter of the shift. This year, when Adams narrowly won the Democratic primary and, in part thanks to Democrats' overwhelming voter enrollment advantage, sailed to victory in the general election to become the next mayor himself, he's been much quieter on the topic. That's because he no longer supports it.

    When asked in a questionnaire from good

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  • WATCH: Analyzing the 2021 NYC Election Results & What's Ahead for Mayor-Elect Adams

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    Mayor-Elect Eric Adams at City Hall (photo: office of Eric Adams)


    For new analysis of the results of the 2021 New York City elections and what's next for Mayor-Elect Eric Adams, host Ben Max of Gotham Gazette was joined for a conversation on MNN by Dr. Christina Greer, political science professor at Fordham University, and Harry Siegel, senior editor at the Daily Beast and Daily News columnist (who are also co-hosts of the ...

  • Max Politics Podcast: Jumaane Williams on Being Reelected Public Advocate & Moving Toward a Run for Governor

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    Jumaane Williams (photo: John McCarten/City Council)


    November 9, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: Jumaane Williams on Being Reelected Public Advocate & Exploring a Run for Governor

    Jumaane Williams joined the show to discuss his reelection as Public Advocate, what he's watching for from Mayor-elect Eric Adams, his exploration of a run for Governor, and more.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think, on Twitter @TweetBenMax. You can listen to the

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  • An Initial Look at Voter Turnout in the 2021 New York City General Election

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    Voters voting (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    Voter turnout in the 2021 New York City general election was slightly lower than the already-depressed 2017 and 2013 elections.

    Every four years, all of city government is on the ballot, including Mayor, other citywide offices, borough president positions, and the entire 51-seat City Council. This election was the first time since 2013 that most of those positions, including Mayor, were open due to term limits.

    This year, just under 20% of the 5.6 million registered New York City voters cast

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  • Max Politics Podcast: Breaking Down NYC Election Results & What's Next for the Mayor-Elect, with Bob Hardt of NY1

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    Mayor-elect Eric Adams (photo: @ericadamsfornyc)


    November 3, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: Breaking Down 2021 NYC Election Results & What Comes Next

    Bob Hardt, New York Political Director for Spectrum News, including NY1, joined the show to analyze Eric Adams' victory in the mayoral race and what comes next for the mayor-elect, other results of the 2021 New York City elections, and additional political themes.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think, on Twitter ...

  • Max Politics Podcast: City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez on Backing Eric Adams & The Path Ahead

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    Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez with Mayor-elect Eric Adams (photo: @ydanis)


    November 3, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez on Backing Eric Adams & The Path Ahead

    City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez joined the show to discuss his support for Eric Adams' mayoral campaign, what he did to help Adams win the mayoralty, and what comes next.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think, on Twitter ...