NEW YORK (AP) — On his eighth day as New York City’s mayor, Eric Adams stood before reporters to announce federal money for a pandemic-beleaguered hospital system — and take questions about some provocative hires in his nascent administration.
Within hours, he was before the news cameras again, grappling with his first major calamity.
A fire ripped had through a Bronx apartment building, killing 17 people, including eight children. Adams called it a “horrific, horrific painful moment,” stood shoulder to shoulder with other politicians, and pledged to help victims with every available resource.
In a frenetic juxtaposition that Sunday, the new mayor stepped into the roles of cheerleader and crisis manager of the most unwieldy of cities, all the while facing questions about early controversies of his own making.
The Adams era of New York City is shaping up much like the man: fast-paced, at times contradictory, and hard to pin down.
“It’s only been two weeks, but it also feels like it’s been a whirlwind two weeks,” said Christina Greer, a political science professor at Fordham University.
Adams himself has long defied easy categorization and cut a complex reputation.