Distinguished Professor John Mollenkopf on Mayor Adams’ First Six Months

September 8, 2022

The political analyst discusses Adams’ performance on issues from public safety to affordable housing.

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John Mollenkopf (Photo credit: Alex Irklievski)

Eric Adams, the second elected Black mayor of New York City, inherited a city embattled by the the Covid-19 pandemic, a slow recovering economy, and a sustained spike in crime that continues to rise.    

Distinguished Professor John Mollenkopf (Political Science and Sociology), a consummate analyst of New York City politics, says there’s a widespread feeling that public spaces have become less enjoyable, more insecure, and even more threatening. He says this feeling goes beyond violent crime to pedestrian safety from cars and cyclists. He also discusses how homelessness and associated mental illness makes obvious the need to build affordable housing.  

Listen to hear the full episode of the Thought Project podcast that explores the first six months of Eric Adams mayoralty and the challenges that confront his administration in America’s biggest city.  

CUNY Graduate Center · Distinguished Professor John Mollenkopf on Mayor Adams’ First Six Months

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