Mayor-elect Eric Adams vowed to “revisit” the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for municipal workers when he takes office and reach a “resolution” on the matter, as he took an election victory lap Wednesday morning.
During a series of media appearances the day after he handily beat Republican opponent Curtis Sliwa, the Democrat also repeatedly promised he wouldn’t step on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s toes regarding the controversial jab order.
“We need to revisit how we are going to address the vaccine mandates. Now, I stated I did not want to Monday morning quarterback the mayor. This is his time to be the man, he has to make the decisions,” Adams said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
The former NYPD captain again deferred to the current mayor on the mandate, while urging him to meet with union leaders over it.
As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, 92 percent of city government employees have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 81 percent of the FDNY, 85 percent of the NYPD and 84 percent of sanitation workers, according to data provided by City Hall.
“I hope the mayor — and I am encouraging him to do that — to sit down with unions and come to a resolution,” Adams, the current Brooklyn borough president, said on CNN’s “New Day.” “And if he doesn’t, if this is still going to January, I’m going to sit down with them and we’re going to get this resolved.”
“If you know when you sit down at the table that no matter what happens, you’re going to not have to deal with what the current mayor stated, that is unfair,” he explained of his reluctance to second guess de Blasio. “I would not want someone to do that to me as a man, and I’m not going to do it to this man. Here’s an opportunity for him to bring about a resolution and when I inherit this situation, I’m going to bring about a resolution.”
Adams added later on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” “What I believe [de Blasio] has failed to do appropriately is sit down with the unions, the leadership.”
When he takes office on Jan. 1, Adams pledged to be a “get stuff done” mayor.
“I want to be considered a GSD mayor, get stuff done,” he said on NY1. “It’s time to get rid of the institutional poverty [and] inequalities in our city, and it’s time to stop being a city that’s too bureaucratic, and too difficult to do business in.”
On Bloomberg TV, he promised that during his tenure the Big Apple will become “a business-friendly city” by cutting red tape and finding 3 to 5 percent of city agency budgets to cut rather than advocating for raising taxes.
On Fox 5, Adams pledged that city agency commissioners will have a “mandate” to keep businesses thriving.
“It’s called the Empire State, yet you are destroying empires every day,” he said on the network’s“Good Day New York.
“People are afraid to do business in the city, [which is] too expensive, too bureaucratic and too difficult. My agency heads are going to get a new mandate: instead of going into a business figuring out how to close it down, darn it, you’re going to figure out how to keep the doors open.”
Asked on Bloomberg Radio what his first priority will be during his first 30 days, the 22-year NYPD veteran replied, “Safety, zeroing in on gang violence.”
“We have to deal with the actualization of fear and violence and the perceptions, because they both become a reality to people,” Adams continued. “So I’m going to institute an anti-gun plainclothes unit, which was simply disbanded by the current mayor, and we are going to zero in on gang violence.”