Mayor-elect Eric Adams delivered a tough-on-crime speech in Manhattan on Thursday, telling Black Lives Matter a leader Hawk Newsome not to mess with New York.
“We’re not going to yield to people who say, ‘We’re going to demolish New York,'” Adams stated at a Police Athletic League event at the Harvard Club.
Last month, Newsome promised “riots, fire, and murder” if Adams follows through on his proposal to reactivate the NYPD’s anti-gun squad.
He also had a warning for those who damaged property in Middle Village, Queens, following Kyle Rittenhouse’s conviction.
Former NY Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox, millionaire business magnate John Catsimatidis, actor and former talk show presenter Tony Danza, and former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton were among those who greeted the retired NYPD captain with open arms.
Adams lauded Bratton for reducing the city’s murder rate and for his “broken windows” enforcement tactics, which targeted quality-of-life concerns such as graffiti in order to make the city safer from violent crime.
“Bill Bratton, your mythology has not been entirely closed,” Adams said, adding that he aims to expand on the public safety paradigm established by the two-time top officer.
The outgoing Brooklyn borough president also quipped that it’s a good thing he won the Democratic primary over the other candidates who were anti-police and anti-business. “I light candles and pray and recite Hail Marys that those other personalities are not elected mayor right now.”
For the second part of his 15-minute lecture, Adams shifted his focus to the economy.
cAt the luncheon, he pleaded with business leaders to get their employees back to work to help New York recover from covid pandemic lockdown. As of last month, just 28% of Manhattan’s 1 million workers were back at work on a typical weekday.
Lastly, Adams made a couple of subtle jabs at current Mayor Bill de Blasio.
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