Cuomo, Adams, in Brooklyn, promise collaboration
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (left) and the President of Brooklyn Borough and New York City Mayor candidate Eric Adams smile during a press conference at Lenox Road Baptist Church on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Brooklyn, NY. AP Photo / Eduardo Munoz Alvarez
The Democratic New York mayoral candidate Eric Adams signaled on Wednesday how he could steer and perhaps redesign the city hall’s changeable political relationship with Governor Andrew Cuomo.
At a joint press conference at a Flatbush church, Adams – the current Brooklyn borough president and former police captain – gave the Democratic governor similar advice on tackling violent crime as the city seeks to lure office workers and tourists back after a pandemic shutdown.
“We agree that we need to make real change for the local people,” said Adams during Wednesday’s performance in Brooklyn. Cuomo praised Adams as a leader with “courage and competence” and pledged to work with him “in full partnership”.
Adams parried a question about sexual harassment allegations against the governor and said an ongoing investigation should be allowed. When allegations arose in March, he had taken on a stricter tone.
The press conference on Wednesday showed a different atmosphere than the frosty one between Cuomo and incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat. At his own press conference on Wednesday, de Blasio reiterated his stance that Cuomo should resign over the allegations, which the governor denies.
Adams is a strong favorite in the November general election and would be the city’s second black mayor if elected.
While Adams said he would work with any governor, he portrayed Cuomo as a political soulmate and vice versa. Both Democrats have long been criticized by their party’s left wing despite the fact that they advertise themselves as “action-driven progressive democrats”.
Adams emphasized public safety during his main campaign as the city faced an increase in shootings and several other crimes this year compared to last year when the pandemic shutdowns subsided.
He positioned himself as a champion of the working class and police pragmatist who also shared progressive goals of combating sluggishness and racial injustice in law enforcement. Adams co-founded 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, a group that campaigned for criminal justice reform and against racial profiling.
“No one is going to return to our multi-billion dollar tourism industry if 3-year-olds are shot dead in Times Square,” said Adams. Drawing on the points Cuomo has often made, he added that office workers will not return if they believe subways are unsafe and that the city will lose tax revenue if wealthy people flee.
Cuomo has declared that gun violence is a “disaster emergency” in the state and instructed his government to collect data on shootings from major local police forces in hopes of sharpening the hotspots. He has also touted increased government spending on anti-violence efforts.
Cuomo faces investigations by the Attorney General, the Attorney General and the Judiciary Committee of the State Assembly, who are investigating whether there are grounds for impeachment against Cuomo. The investigation is investigating allegations of sexual harassment, deaths in nursing homes and his $ 5 million book business. The governor has denied any wrongdoing.
Adams had told us in early March The New York Times that when powerful men exploit women, “rapid action must be taken against them”.
On Wednesday he said: “Let the investigation go to its results.”
In November, Adams meets Republican Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels civic patrol. The registered Democrats are 7 to 1 superior to the Republicans in New York City.
Sliwa, who declares himself a “law-and-order candidate,” dismissed Cuomo’s remarks about gun violence on Wednesday as “hollow rhetoric,” saying Adams was making an early victory lap. The Republican took a slap on the proclamations of the two Democrats about their progressive bona fides.
“All they have done is gradually bring our city back to where it is Fear City again,” he said.
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