Mayor Eric Adams dodges questions on brother Bernard’s six-figure NYPD gig


Mayor Eric Adams dodged questions Thursday about giving his brother a six-figure safety gig — insisting the media has mischaracterized the controversial selection of hiring a member of the family for such a high-paying function in his administration.

“This was not a ‘Gotcha,’” Eric Adams advised reporters at an unrelated press convention outdoors Manhattan Supreme Court, referring to tapping his youthful brother Bernard Adams to a $210,000-a-year job overseeing his safety.

Asked by a reporter why he didn’t first search permission from town’s Conflict of Interest Board previous to hiring his brother, Adams deflected.

“We believe, my legal counsel has made it clear, that we are following the rule for [the] Conflict of Interest Board, and I feel I have full trust and faith in my chief counsel,” he stated. “And he’s stated that we’re going to follow the process and the COIB will make the determination and we will follow their ruling.”

The newly minted mayor appointed his youthful brother as a deputy commissioner with the NYPD — a gig that comes with a $242,000 wage, The Post solely reported Friday. Bernard Adams confirmed that he’d be dealing with governmental affairs with out elaborating.

Mayor Eric AdamsMayor Eric Adams in beneath hearth after inserting his brother in a high-paying function in his administration.ALEC TABAK

The Adams administration, nonetheless, solely contacted COIB about Bernard Adams’ place — which has raised considerations of nepotism — after The Post revealed its story.

On Wednesday, Eric Adams introduced his brother would as an alternative take a lesser function inside the police division as the manager director of mayoral safety, with a wage of $210,000.

The mayor refused to name it a demotion — however didn’t clarify the change in title.

Bernard Adams last worked as an assistant director for parking at Virginia Commonwealth University.Bernard Adams final labored as an assistant director for parking at Virginia Commonwealth University.William C. Lopez/NYPOST

“That’s a lot of sensationalism about demoting my brother,” he stated on the Thursday press convention. “He was not demoted, we wanted to be clear to the Conflict of Interest Board. You guys wrote his job, you wrote his job description, you wrote everything about him. I was amazed how you were writing [something] that wasn’t anything that we were putting out or trying to hide.”

A retired NYPD sergeant, Bernard Adams, 56, final labored as an assistant director for parking at Virginia Commonwealth University.

City Hall officers confirmed {that a} formal request had been despatched by the Adams administration to COIB Wednesday evening.

Eric Adams doubled down on tapping his brother to move up his safety staff, calling him the “best person for the uniqueness of how I want my security to be.”

“I love my brother, my brother loves me, I trust him,” he stated.

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