New New York City Mayor Eric Adams calls for resiliency against virus

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New York City’s new mayor, Eric Adams, pledged on Saturday to lift the nation’s largest city out of the pandemic by drawing on the resilience of its people and promising a government that works better, even if it isn’t radically different. Ho.

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Hours after taking the oath of office in Times Square, Adams used his inaugural speech to promise greater efficiency, invoke New Yorkers’ reputation for rudeness, and New Year’s calls from the city’s nearly 9 million residents. urged to make a resolution. So that their life is not controlled by the pandemic.

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“Getting vaccinated is not letting the crisis control you,” Adams said at City Hall. “Enjoying the Broadway show. Sending our kids to school. Going back to the office. These are declarations of faith that our city is ours.”

Adams, 61, faces the immense challenge of getting the city out of the pandemic, as the city grapples with a record number of COVID-19 cases, powered by Omicron Edition.

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While he has promised to keep the city open and shut down to prevent any return, he is commanding a city that has crippled subway lines, restaurants and even shut down due to staff shortages prompted by COVID cases. that urgent care centers have been temporarily closed.

Adams said this week that he plans to implement many of outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s policies, including vaccine mandates that are among the strictest in the country.

In his Saturday address, Adams also said he would take a “fundamentally pragmatic” approach to improving city government, which includes not only “grand plans and proposals” but “taking out the waste and inefficiencies.” to remove”.

The former New York City police captain rides the subway from his Brooklyn brownstone to City Hall for his first day at work. Adams chatted with New Yorkers and the crowd of journalists who followed him. He also called 911 to report the fight after seeing two men fighting near a subway station.

Hours earlier, as confetti flowed through Times Square, Adams recited his oath of office. Associate Justice Sylvia O. of the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court. Hinds-Radix swore to Adams as he held one hand on a family Bible and his other hand held a picture of his mother, Dorothy, who died in 2020.

After canceling initial plans to take the oath of office at the Brooklyn Theatre, Adams said on Saturday that he chose to hold his opening ceremony in view of the New Year’s Eve ball drop to show that the city was open. And was alive and “New York could and should be the center of the universe again.”

The pandemic had put the city through “two years of unrelenting crisis,” Adams said, “and it insults our nature as New Yorkers.”

“There’s one thing everyone knows about New Yorkers: We don’t like having someone tell us what to do,” he said.

City municipal workers are required to be vaccinated, as are anyone trying to dine indoors, watch a show, work out at a gym, or attend a convention. But New York City also has new essential workers in the private sector, the broadest mandate of any state or large city and a policy Adams said he would preserve.

Even without the mandatory shutdown, the city is struggling with a truly shutdown due to widespread COVID-19 infections.

Several metro lines were suspended as a positive test result among transit workers left too few workers to run regular trains. Some entertainment performances have been cancelled, and there has been a shortage of restaurants and bars as workers test positive.

Adams said he and consultants are studying whether to expand the vaccine mandate and plan to distribute face masks and rapid tests, as well as introduce a color-coded system that allows New Yorkers to Alert to the current danger level.

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 stamp on the role.

Adams, the former Brooklyn borough president, has taken a more business-friendly, liberal stance than his predecessor, but describes himself as a pragmatic and progressive mayor who will “get stuff done.” He is the city’s second black mayor after David Dinkins, who served from 1990 to 1993, and the 110th mayor of New York City.

He held his first cabinet meeting on Saturday morning. He planned to send a powerful symbol of his own resilience that afternoon to a police compound in Queens, where he was beaten up by police officers when he was a teenager.

“Later today, I will go back to the same campus and address the officials there as their mayor,” he said.

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