Eric Adams unloads on criticism of hiring brother, Phil Banks

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Mayor Eric Adams unleashed on reporters over criticism of his latest controversial hires — together with placing his personal brother in a six-figure put up — saying in an prolonged reply Friday he’ll abide by a battle board ruling however finally he can rent who he needs as a result of, “I’m the mayor.”

“When other mayors hired their law partners, they hired the people they knew from school that they came up through the ranks, there was nothing to say about it,” Adams mentioned at an unrelated press convention in Queens, showing to bristle after days of scrutiny over his staffing.

“But I’ve the audacity to rent blue-collar individuals. Everyday people who’re union members, retired members. It’s like who you suppose you might be placing these blue-collar staff, these on a regular basis [hardworking] individuals … you understand, ‘Who do you think you are, I didn’t suppose you might try this.’

“I’m going to hire the best people for the job that I’ve known throughout my years in government and their talents,” Adams mentioned.

“And the rationale I can do that’s as a result of I’m the mayor. I’m the mayor of the City of New York. And it’s gonna take some time earlier than individuals understand that I’m liable for constructing a crew to finish the inequality in our metropolis.

Mayor Eric Adams Adams identified how previous mayors employed “people they knew from school” and didn’t get comparable blowback.Lev Radin/Sipa USA

“So if I want to hire a team to end the dysfunctionality of this city, I’m going to do that and I’m not going to allow people to dismantle my ability to build the right team, no matter who it is at the time. Let me finish my my comment. And so I’m hearing all this critique of what I’m doing, but those who have followed me on the campaign trail, you heard three things from me: stay focused, no distractions and crime.”

The response got here to a query about an alleged proposal through the transition to exchange the City Hall screening safety with armed civilian staff as a substitute of uniformed cops, just like different New York City buildings. The proposed plan, which was reported by NBC, by no means moved ahead after being shortly shot down.

The story comes within the wake of Adams tapping his brother, a 56-year-old retired police sergeant, to run his safety element. News of his brother’s appointment to the NYPD was first reported by The Post final week when Bernard Adams confirmed he would function a deputy commissioner.

Bernard AdamsBernard Adams was employed to run his brother’s safety element.William C. Lopez/NYPOST

He was later bumped right down to govt director with a decrease wage extra in keeping with a police inspector, a uniformed rank that has traditionally overseen the mayor’s police element.

Adams additionally confronted blowback for appointing former Chief of Department Philip Banks to the deputy mayor of public security. Banks, whose brother was additionally named the pinnacle of NYC faculties, was an unindicted co-conspirator in one of many largest NYPD corruption scandals.

Adams was not finished although, including, “I am so focused on stopping 19-year-old girls from being shot in Burger King. I’m focused on not having a Rikers Island with 55 percent of the people who have learning disabilities and people are being displaced out of their homes. All that other stuff, that noise — it’s not going to get in my way. I have a job to do. That’s what I was elected to do. And I’m going to carry that out.”

Adams was requested later within the briefing if he wasn’t establishing a system the place there “are one set of rules for you and another set of rules for public workers” relating to the potential battle of curiosity over hiring his brother.

Police Dept. Chief of Department Philip BanksBanks was an unindicted co-conspirator in one of many largest NYPD corruption scandals.AP Photo/File

“No. One city, one standard,” Adams mentioned. “And lets be clear that COIB will make the determination and that is what I’m going to follow. I made that over and over again, I’m going to hire a best. I’m going to make sure that they have the most skills as needed, and they are the best fit for the job and there’s one standard and every New Yorker out there must know we started up hiring up of some of the best people around ethics and rules.”

“So we’re gonna let them [COIB] do their job and I’m and I’m happy to say that, and I’m also happy, you know, listen, I am blessed to have a brother who’s qualified, who’s smart, who has excellent credentials, who has the ability to protect his brother and I’m just, you know, I’m just blessed to be able to have that and you know, COIB will determine the rest.”

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