There’s an old maxim in journalism that it’s better to be right than first. And that might be the first thing New York City Mayor Eric Adams and reporters agree on. During an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, Curtis Sliwa’s Guardian Angels confronted and tackled a man live on air who Sliwa called a migrant and a shoplifter – except police later said that the person was neither. A couple days after, Adams appeared with Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg to announce indictments in a separate case that were the result of days of evidence gathering. Adams gloated, “We don’t have the luxury to do what we saw Curtis Sliwa do… We have to get it right.” With accuracy in mind, here are this week’s Winners & Losers.
Kathy Hochul -
Time for some vitamin K. Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that her incentive based housing program is growing, and that despite last year’s setbacks in Albany, she is progressing toward her affordable housing goals. While dozens of municipalities across the state signing on to be pro-housing communities is great, all everyone seemed to care about was…carrots. First a visual gag when she said she would be using the carrot approach to win over communities, the produce became sustenance for staffers and reporters who forgot breakfast. Talk about ginning up goodwill. Hochul also saw vote-by-mail laws held up in the state Supreme Court this week, foiling a G.O.P legal challenge in a year when Democrats are hoping for a comeback.
Phil Murphy & Eric Adams -
Who needs the Democratic National Convention when you can play host to what will probably end up being a more passionate – and better organized – group of fans? The “New York New Jersey” region was selected this week to host several games and the final of FIFA’s World Cup in 2026. That region designation is a generous one, as the games will actually take place on New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s turf, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. But Mayor Eric Adams celebrated while draped in FIFA gear this week, projecting that the event will bring in 1 million tourists to the shared region in 2026.
Greg B. Smith -
Here’s a fine example of journalism that gets results. In 2019, The City’s incomparable Greg B. Smith published an investigation about how NYCHA building managers were giving out small contracts with little to no oversight – a perfect recipe for corruption. This week, that reporting led to a major NYCHA bust by Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney Damian Williams. The feds arrested 70 officials from the public housing authority who were allegedly handing out contracts under $10,000 to vendors who gave them kickbacks, resulting in an estimated $2 million in bribes.
It’s possible members of the Biden Administration were left scratching their heads when they read the bizarre engineering reference, “triple cantilever,” and rejected New York City’s application for $800 million for the redesign of this crumbling section of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. That means Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodríguez is nowhere closer to addressing the deteriorating conditions on the decades-old roadway that pose a risk to both motorists and pedestrians strolling along the Brooklyn Promenade.
Alvin Bragg -
Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg is used to negative press and GOP attacks. He was the first prosecutor to bring charges against former President Donald Trump, after all. But this week was particularly brutal after more than a dozen migrants were caught on video assaulting two NYPD officers in Times Square. Bragg’s office held just one person on bail and released five suspects. That initial decision sparked outcry, but Bragg insisted he needed more time to gather enough evidence to properly identify the men. Even Gov. Kathy Hochul weighed in, saying, “All I know is that assault on a police officer means that you should be sitting in jail.” Bragg announced seven indictments alongside Mayor Eric Adams on Thursday, saying he was “sickened and outraged” by the attack.