Adams hits the ground running the first weekend as mayor

NEW YORK – As the sun rose over Yorkville, Mayor Eric Adams left Gracie Mansion on Sunday morning, hopped on a Citi bike and headed to work.

The new mayor spent his first night at Gracie Mansion on Saturday. Aides said he has partially moved into the mayor’s residence where he will live for the next four years.

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  • The mayor visited the last home of former mayor David Dinkins and hosted a roundtable on crime and public safety over the weekend.
  • Adams took Citi Bike and the metro to its stops on Sunday
  • Adams said he would bring back the NYPD anti-crime unit

First on the list was a few rounds on national television, making appearances on two Sunday news programs. Soon after, Adams hopped on the subway to Harlem for a visit to Saint John the God Cathedral.

The historic site offers COVID-19 testing and also operates a pantry – a reminder from the state of the city, which is still grappling with a pandemic that has left many New Yorkers jobless and with lingering uncertainty .

Adams shook hands and posed for photos with those waiting in line.

“We’re going to go through this together,” he said.

The cathedral is also the last home of former mayor David Dinkins. Adams, the city’s second black mayor, stopped to put candles and pray.

But it was to the Our Children’s Foundation, a community organization in Morningside Heights, that Adams sent a message to New Yorkers, promising to keep his campaign promise.

Adams spent over an hour meeting with the mothers and families of victims of gun violence. He was joined by NYPD commissioner Keechant Sewell and department heads to discuss how the department should respond to the increase in gun violence.

“When I talk to these mothers and tell them I want to set up a plainclothes anti-gun unit, they say, ‘What took you so long? ”Said Adams.

The anti-crime unit, disbanded under former mayor Bill de Blasio, is controversial and has had high-profile fatal incidents, but with gun violence on the rise, Adams said he is bringing it back, promising it will would be reformed and officers would look at technology, not force, to prevent violence.

“The police must be predictable and unpredictable. The unity of ordinary clothing is its unpredictability, ”said Adams. “We’re going to deploy it and do it right. “

The mayor also had a few choice words for his potential critics.

“It’s wrong to keep saying that’s what all New Yorkers say just because a digital minority or the best Twitter account, the best Instagram, the best Facebook [says it]”he said.” That’s not what people need. “

It wasn’t just public safety, Adams is also gearing up for schools to reopen after winter recess this week. With the increase in omicron cases, he pledged to keep schools open, saying “schools are the safest place for children.”

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