Adams says NYC is not used to the ‘committed’ leader in the Blasio tombs

Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams took a thinly veiled stroke over Mayor Bill de Blasio’s dull work schedule, saying New Yorkers are not “used to anyone being committed and dedicated to this city.”

Adams made the remarks Monday at a pre-election meeting with labor leaders in a park outside City Hall.

Adams, the outgoing president of Brooklyn who slept in his office during the pandemic, said he is a “mystery” because people are not “used to anyone willing to stay in their office overnight.”

“They are not used to anyone being committed and dedicated to the city,” he said.

He continued: “They are not used to anyone willing to go to hospitals and visit NYSNA at 2, 3 in the morning. [New York State Nurses Association] employees and let them know that you understand what they are going through. ”

A few dozen NYSNA members attended the event along with representatives from 32BJ, who are doormen, cleaners and security officers, and DC 37, who supports municipal employees.

Adams' comments were referring to Mayor Bill de Blasio's infamous work ethic.
Adams’ comments were referring to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s infamous work ethic.
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“Believe it or not, not everyone does a 9 to 5 in this city. Some people work around the clock. If you are a 9 to 5 mayor, you may not understand the problems of 24/7 people,” he said.

Adams also joked with his nightlife habits, including visits to an exclusive members-only club in Soho.

“When I’m up, I’m not just on Zero Bond, I’m on Ground Zero and helping people,” he said.

By contrast, the current mayor was neither late nor arrived early for work.

Adams said he will not become one "9 to 5 mayors."
Adams said he does not want to be a “9 to 5 mayor.”
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Before the pandemic, de Blasio routinely showed up at City Hall after 11 a.m. after a leisurely morning workout in Brooklyn.

Today, he often takes a two-hour lunch break during the work week to stroll through Greenwood Cemetery.

A spokeswoman for the mayor did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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