NEW YORK — Eric Adams is the city’s new mayor and the Democrat getting sworn in at an Times Square ceremony shortly after the city that is the largest in America began the new year on Saturday.
Adams who is 61, has the enormous task of helping the city get rid of the outbreak, and being elected in a city that is struggling with the highest number of cases of COVID-19 caused by the omicron variant.
As the confetti continued to fall throughout Times Square, Adams recited his oath. Associate Justice Sylvia. Hinds-Radix from the Supreme Court of Texas’ appellate division swears Adams in while he put one hand on the Bible of his family while the other was holding an image of his wife, Dorothy, who died in the year 2020.
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He didn’t make any comments nor answered questions from reporters however, he appeared to be on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” shortly after being sworn into.
Eric Adams holds up a frame of his mother’s photo during his swearing-in ceremony for the position of New York mayor, at the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration on Saturday early January. 1st, 2022 at New York City. (Associated Press)
He informed Seacrest that he was going to a few events to attend, but the plan was to “be up early in the morning, working for the city of New York.”
He previously appeared for a brief time on stage in order to highlight the city’s resilience.
“Even in the midst of COVID, in the midst of everything that we’re going through, this is a country where hope and opportunities is always, ever present,” he told reporters earlier in the night.
“It’s just great when New York shows the entire country of how we come back,” he stated. “We showed the entire globe what we’re made of. We’re unbelievable. This is an unbelievable city and, trust me, we’re ready for a major comeback because this is New York.”
“This is an unbelievable city and, trust me, we’re ready for a major comeback because this is New York.”
— Mayor Eric Adams
Adams is an ex- New York City police captain and Brooklyn borough president . He has taken an empathetic, business-friendly approach than his predecessor. He says he is a pragmatic, progressive and uncompromising mayor who is able to “get stuff done.” He is the city’s first Black mayor, following David Dinkins who served from 1990 until 1993. He also was his 110th term as mayor for New York City.
Adams has stated that he would maintain some of the policies of the outgoing mayor Bill de Blasio, including vaccination mandates that are among the most strict in the country.
The city’s municipal employees are obligatory to be vaccinated like anyone trying to eat indoors, watch an event, work out at a gym or go to any conference. However, New York City has also introduced a new requirement for employees from the private sector to be vaccinated, which is the largest mandate ever issued by any big city or state and a practice Adams declared he would keep.
He’s also determined to keep schools open, and avoiding more shut-downs for the population that is 8.8 million.
Even without a mandatory shut down the city is struggling with the de facto closures as a result of the widespread COVID-19 infection.
Many subway lines were shut down due to positive results from tests among transit workers had left too few employees to manage regular trains.
The Rockettes Christmas show was cancelled for the duration of the season, while it was announced that the New York City Ballet canceled the remaining productions in “The Nutcracker.” Many Broadway productions were cancelled due to COVID-19-related cases, while restaurants and bars throughout the city were temporarily shut down because their employees were positive for.
Adams said he and his team of advisors are studying whether the city should expand its vaccination mandates. They plans to hand out masks, as well as rapid tests and to introduce a color coded system that alerts New Yorkers to the threat currently of the virus.
Adams was a mayoral contender. Adams stated that he grew up poor and disadvantaged in Brooklyn as well as Queens and discussed police brutality, crime and racial discrimination that merged his experience as the former police captain and employee who had a disdain for his department, and a teen who suffered brutality at officers of the police.
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In his campaign to be a leader when it comes to the mayor’s office, Adams is at times an unconventional politician expected to stamp his own mark on the position.
He’s a vegan and published a book in the year 2020 on how a plant-based diet has helped him battle diabetes. He has shared his most-loved recipes for smoothies on the internet. He’s been known to go to clubs in the city in his interview on the Stephen Colbert’s late night show that “This is a city of nightlife. I must test the product. I have to be out.”
Associated Press writer Bobby Caina Calvan was a contributor in this story.