Eric Adams takes oath of office after Times Square ball drop

 


Eric Adams is New York City's new mayor, with the Democrat being sworn into office in a Times Square ceremony shortly after the nation's largest city rang in the new year Saturday.

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.

As confetti continued to drift across Times Square, Adams recited his oath of office. He made no remarks nor took questions from reporters. He had earlier appeared briefly on the main stage to affirm the city's resiliency.

"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 said earlier in the night.

"It's just great when New York shows the entire country of how we come back," he said. "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."

Adams is a former New York City police captain and Brooklyn borough president who has struck a more business-friendly, moderate stance than his predecessor but describes himself as a practical and progressive mayor who will "get stuff done." He's the city's second Black mayor, after David Dinkins who served from 1990 to 1993, and the 110th mayor of New York City.

Adams said this week 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.


As confetti continued to drift across Times Square, Adams recited his oath of office. He made no remarks nor took questions from reporters. He had earlier appeared briefly on the main stage to affirm the city's resiliency.

"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 said earlier in the night.

"It's just great when New York shows the entire country of how we come back," he said. "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."

Adams is a former New York City police captain and Brooklyn borough president who has struck a more business-friendly, moderate stance than his predecessor but describes himself as a practical and progressive mayor who will "get stuff done." He's the city's second Black mayor, after David Dinkins who served from 1990 to 1993, and the 110th mayor of New York City.

Adams said this week 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.

As a mayoral candidate, Adams described growing up poor in Brooklyn and Queens and spoke about issues of crime, policing and racial injustice that blended his experiences as a former police captain, an officer who was critical of his own department and a teenager who experienced brutality at the hands of police officers.

While promising to be a man of action in the mayor's office, Adams is at times an unconventional politician who is expected to put his own stamp on the role.


He's a vegan who wrote a book in 2020 about how a plant-based diet helped him with diabetes and has shown off his favorite smoothie recipe on social media. He's been known to frequent some of the city's nightclubs, saying during an appearance on Stephen Colbert's late-night show that, "This is a city of nightlife. I must test the product. I have to be out."

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