Eric Adams is sworn in as New York City Mayor after the ball is dropped

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NEW YORK – Eric Adams is the new Mayor of New York City, with the Democrat being sworn in in a ceremony in Times Square shortly after the start of the New Year on Saturday in the largest city in the country.

Adams, 61, faces the immense challenge of pulling the city out of the pandemic and taking office as the city grapples with record numbers of COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant.

As the confetti continued to float across Times Square, Adams recited his oath of office. Assistant Judge Sylvia O. Hinds-Radix of the Appeals Division of the State Supreme Court sworn in Adams as he put one hand on a family Bible and the other held a photo of his mother Dorothy, who died in 2020.

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He made no comments and took questions from reporters, but appeared on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin ‘Eve with Ryan Seacrest” shortly after he was sworn in.

Eric Adams holds up a framed photo of his mother as he was sworn in as New York City Mayor at the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square early Saturday, January 1, 2022 in New York City.  (Associated Press)

Eric Adams holds up a framed photo of his mother as he was sworn in as New York City Mayor at the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square early Saturday, January 1, 2022 in New York City. (Associated Press)

He told Seacrest he had a few parties to attend but he would “get up early in the morning and work for New York City”.

He had previously made brief appearances on the main stage to reaffirm the resilience of the city.

“Even in the midst of COVID, in the midst of everything we’re going through, this is a country where hope and opportunity are always and everywhere,” he said earlier that night.

“It’s just great when New York shows the whole country how to come back,” he said. “We showed the whole world what we are made of. We are amazing. This is an amazing city and believe me, we are ready for a big comeback because this is New York. “

“This is an amazing city and believe me, we are ready for a big comeback because this is New York.”

– Mayor Eric Adams

Adams is a former New York City Police Chief and President of the Brooklyn District who has taken a more business-friendly and moderate stance than his predecessor, but describes himself as a practical, progressive mayor who will “get things 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.

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

The city’s urban workforce needs to be vaccinated, as does anyone trying to dine indoors, see a show, work out in a gym, or attend a conference. But New York City has also called for new private sector workers to get their shots, the broadest mandate of any state or major city, and policies that Adams said he would uphold.

He is also committed to keeping schools open and avoiding further closings in the 8.8 million city.

Even without a mandatory closure, the city is struggling with de facto closings due to widespread COVID-19 infections.

Several subway lines were closed because if the test results were positive, there were not enough staff left among the transport workers to operate regular trains.

The Rockettes Christmas show was canceled for the season, and the New York City Ballet canceled the rest of the performances of The Nutcracker. Several Broadway shows have closed due to COVID-19 cases, and restaurants and bars across the city have temporarily closed because their staff tested positive.

Adams said he and a team of advisors are investigating whether to expand the city’s vaccine mandates, plan the distribution of face masks and rapid tests, and put in place a color-coded system to alert New Yorkers to the current threat level of the virus.

As a candidate for mayoral, Adams described his poverty in Brooklyn and Queens and spoke about crime, policing, and racial injustice that mixed his experiences as a former police captain, as an officer criticizing his own department, and as a teenager experiencing brutality, mingled at the hands of cops.

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While promising to become a man of action in the mayor’s office, Adams is at times an unconventional politician who is expected to put his own stamp on the role.

He’s vegan, wrote a book in 2020 about how a plant-based diet helped him with diabetes, and posted his favorite smoothie recipe on social media. Known for visiting some of the city’s nightclubs, he said during an appearance on Stephen Colbert’s late night show, “This is a city of nightlife. I need to test the product. I need to get out.”

Associated Press Writer Bobby Caina Calvan contributed to this report.

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