On busy 1st day, NYC mayor Eric Adams urges resiliency against pandemic

Adams is a vegan who wrote a book in 2020 about how a plant-based diet helped him with diabetes.

Adams declared that New York is “not going to be a city of violence.”

New York: New York City’s new mayor, Eric Adams, on his first day in the office pledged to steer the nation’s largest city out of the pandemic by drawing on the resiliency of its people and promising a government that works better. Adams rode the subway from his Brooklyn brownstone to City Hall for his first day on the job.

Adams, 61, faces the immense challenge of pulling the city out of the pandemic, taking office as the city is grappling with record numbers of COVID-19 cases driven by the omicron variant. The city has also been facing a rise in violent crime, particularly in shootings and killings, a part of a national trend in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hours after being sworn into office in Times Square as the city rang in the New Year, Adams used his inaugural address to promise more efficiency, invoke New Yorkers’ reputation for toughness, and urge the city’s nearly 9 million residents to make a New Year’s resolution that their lives not be controlled by the pandemic. “Getting vaccinated is not letting the crisis control you,” Adams said at City Hall.

Adams, a former New York City police captain, kicked off his first day as mayor by calling 911 to report two men fighting, and later in the day promised to aggressively go after violent crimes.

“I am clear on my mission to aggressively go after those who are carrying violent weapons in our city,” Adams said outside a hospital where he and his new police commissioner, Keechant Sewel visited after a police officer was shot January 1 while sleeping in his vehicle in a precinct parking lot between shifts.

Dr. Rahul Sharma, Chair of Emergency Medicine of New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medicine, treated the NYPD officer, who was shot on Saturday, January 1st, and was thanked by Mayor Adams during the press conference for his care. Dr. Sharma also serves as an NYPD Honorary Police Surgeon.

Adams said that he plans to keep in place many of the policies of outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio, including vaccine mandates that are among the strictest in the nation.

“Get Stuff Done” is the motto of senior team of Eric Adams

Mayor Eric Adams announced members of his senior staff who will oversee operations at City Hall and advance his strategic policies and priorities.

“This team has the experience, knowledge, and skill to take our government — and our city — to new heights,” said Mayor Eric Adams.

The appointees in the senior team include –

  • Frank Carone, Chief of Staff
  • Dawn Miller, First Deputy Chief of Staff
  • Madeline Labadie, Deputy Chief of Staff
  • Ryan Lynch, Deputy Chief of Staff
  • Menashe Shapiro, Deputy Chief of Staff
  • Tiffany Raspberry, Senior Advisor for External Affairs
  • Stefan Ringel, Senior Advisor to the Mayor
  • Andrea Shapiro Davis, Senior Advisor for Talent and Appointments
  • Eric Ulrich, Senior Advisor to the Mayor
  • Edward Mermelstein, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office of International Affairs
  • Fred Kriezman, Commissioner, Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit
  • Roberto Perez, Director for Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Dan Steinberg, Director, Mayor’s Office of Operations
  • Rachel Atcheson, Special Assistant to the Mayor

Expertise and Experience galore in Team Adams  

Before taking office on January 1, Mayor Eric Adams announced a slew of key appointments. Adams appointed Manny Castro as the Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) while Fred Dixon has been reappointed as president and CEO of NYC & Company. Kevin Kim will serve as the commissioner of SBS. He is the first Korean-American to hold the role. Nina Kubota has been reappointed as president and CEO of the School Construction Authority. She was first appointed in April 2021 and is the first Japanese-American woman to serve in the role.

Earlier, Lisa Flores was appointed as director of the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services (MOCS) and Marjorie Landa as director of the newly-created Mayor’s Office of Risk Management and Compliance. Jacques Jiha will continue to serve as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and Maxwell Young is the new Communications Director.

Mayor Eric Adams with Dr. Rahul Sharma, Chair of Emergency Medicine of New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medicine, who treated the NYPD officer shot on January 1.

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