Newly sworn mayor wants his brother to lead security, citing ‘white supremacy’ threat
Eric Adams, who took over as New York City mayor on Jan. 1, abandoned plans to have his brother Bernard as deputy chief of police, but still wants him to lead the mayor at $210,000 a year Safety.
Adams, a Democrat, initially sought to promote his younger brother to deputy commissioner of the NYPD until media reports over the weekend raised concerns about ethics and nepotism. On Wednesday, city officials said he would submit a waiver request to the conflict of interest committee sometime this week to resolve the matter.
Under the mayor’s proposal, his younger brother would be the executive director of the mayor’s security department, a position a few ranks below his original position and $30,000 a year. Bernard Adams, 56, retired from the NYPD with the rank of sergeant and was eventually hired as assistant parking director at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Adams defended the appointment, saying “Protection is personal” And his brother is the best person for the job.
“I trust my brother. My brother understands me, and if I have to put my life in the hands of someone, I want to put it in the hands of someone I believe in.” Adams told reporters on Sunday after reports critical of the appointment first surfaced.
He says Bernard’s experience with the NYPD fits him with what he says “The threat increases” and “A serious problem with white supremacy.”
The Associated Press reported that no one named “Executive Director of Mayor’s Safety” In the org chart of the NYPD. According to the agency, the mayor’s protection details are typically led by an inspector-level officer in the city’s Security Division, part of the NYPD’s Intelligence Division and currently run by Chief Thomas Galati.
Former Mayor Bill de Blasio received a moral waiver so his wife, Chirlane McCray, could preside over the city’s charities, but she wasn’t paid for the job. In October, New York City investigators said de Blasio also abused NYPD security details — for about $320,000 — during his failed presidential campaign and had them drive his adult son around the city and around the city. Yale University near Connecticut.
Adams, the second black mayor of America’s most populous city, is himself a former NYPD chief and campaigned on a law-and-order platform.He has since backed Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s plan not seeking imprisonment committed many crimes and refused to veto a law 800,000 non-citizens Voting rights in municipal elections.