Just after the ball dropped on Saturday, former NYPD officer, state senator and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was sworn in as the 110th mayor of New York City.
Adams takes over from Bill de Blasio, who leaves amid a spike in crime and a 10-year high in murders across the five boroughs at the end of his second terms and whom Andy Cohen on CNN sent off by saying ‘sayonara sucker!’
De Blasio’s approval rating was as low as 25 percent in September, according to one poll.
The former cop – who held up a photo of his late mother while being sworn in – is the second black mayor in the city’s history after David Dinkins.
Adams defeated Republican Curtis Sliwa by a 40-point margin in November, improving on de Blasio’s second term performance but coming up short of his rout in 2013.
Just after the ball dropped on Saturday, former NYPD officer, state senator and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was sworn in as the 110th mayor of New York City
Adams held up a photo of his late mother as he was sworn in next to his son, Jordan Coleman
Andy Cohen, who had been taking shots on-air earlier with CNN co-host Anderson Cooper, ranted that de Blasio second term was the city’s ‘crappiest’ ever
Now former New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray and ex-Mayor Bill de Blasio Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest
Cohen, who had been taking shots on-air earlier with CNN co-host Anderson Cooper, ranted that de Blasio’s second term was the city’s ‘crappiest’ ever.
‘Watching Mayor de Blasio do his victory lap dance after four years of the crappiest term as the mayor of New York… the only thing Republicans and Democrats can agree on is what a horrible mayor he has been so… sayonara sucker!’
‘Even in the midst of COVID, in the midst of everything that we’re going through, this is a country where hope and opportunities is always, ever present,’ Adams said earlier during the festivities.
‘It’s just great when New York shows the entire country of how we come back,’ he added. ‘We showed the entire globe what we’re made of. We’re unbelievable. This is an unbelievable city and, trust me, we’re ready for a major comeback because this is New York.’
Adams spoke with ABC’s Ryan Seacrest to begin his first terms.
‘This is a resilient city, a resilient country and I wanna bring that energy,’ he said.
The two mayors transitioned between the mayor’s office official Twitter account Saturday with Adams taking the reins
Protesters gather outside City Hall for Bill de Blasio’s final day as Mayor of New York City
As Adams takes the gig, he has a lot of work to do to slow the city’s crime wave.
The city is on pace to reach 500 murders in the year 2021, something they haven’t recorded in 10 years.
As of Thursday, the city has recorded 481 murders which has been fueled by an increase in gun crime, according to city data.
The last time the city hit 500+ murders was 2011, under then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg, when homicides ended up totaling 515.
The rest of the decade had seen a sharp decrease in murders, going down to 419 in 2012 and heading as low as 292 in 2017 under de Blasio.
Murders have gone up in New York City each of the last three years, with numbers hitting a 10-year high in 2021
Crime overall has gone up 6.13 percent in New York City from 2020 through December 26, with felony assaults up nearly 10 percent
Despite the spike in crime, Mayor Bill de Blasio commended Shea’s leadership in their last monthly press conference on crime statistics earlier this month. ‘I think the commissioner has a lot to be proud of,’ De Blasio said
Outgoing Commissioner Dermot Shea has continually blamed the rise in crime on bail reform laws
But the numbers have climbed since, up to 462 in 2020 during the lockdown phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in the city, which also saw stores hit by looting, and riots in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.
Those numbers have continued to go up this year, even as the city reopens, and are on pace to hit 10-year highs and the numbers continue to increase of late.
Between November 28 and December 26, homicides were double what they were in the same period last year, with 41 murders compared to 24 in 2020.
Overall, crime has risen 6.13 percent in New York City over 2020 through December 26.
The biggest rise came in felony assaults like the ones previously mentioned, which rose 9.6 percent from 2020.
Murders (4.1 percent), shooting victims (0.6 percent), rapes (3.3 percent), and robberies (4.7 percent) have also risen this year.
De Blasio had initially continued the downward trend of murders in the city that happened under his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg
Eric Adams will replace de Blasio, with his swearing in happening on Saturday, as the mayor’s term begins on January 1
Incoming Mayor Eric Adams and new police chief Keechant Sewell will be tasked with harnessing the world’s largest police force to clean up New York City’s worsening crime problem under lame duck Bill de Blasio.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, who departs at the end of the month, has blamed bail reform laws enacted by the Democratic-dominated state Legislature for the spike in violent crime.
In early 2020, criminal justice reform measures passed by the New York State Legislature and signed into law by then-Governor Andrew Cuomo took effect.
The new law has received increasing scrutiny over its rules that allow New York courts to release people who would have remained in jail under the old rules.
The statute, which went into place at the beginning of the year, eliminated cash bail and pretrial detention for a wide majority of low-level cases and nonviolent felonies.
The law also allows courts to release a person under certain conditions, such as a travel or firearm restriction.
Shea and others have claimed that the new law is to blame for the increase in violent crime.
But defenders of the law say that violent crime has increased in most of the country – including in jurisdictions that did not enact any criminal justice reform measures.
Despite the spike in crime, Mayor Bill de Blasio commended Shea’s leadership in their last monthly press conference on crime statistics earlier this month. ‘I think the commissioner has a lot to be proud of,’ De Blasio said.
Shea, who was appointed to his position in December 2019, said he ‘wouldn’t change a thing.’
‘I consider the work that [my executive team] did was the glue that held the city together through one of the toughest times the city has seen,’ said Shea, adding, ‘Obviously, people make mistakes and things.’
Mayor Bill de Blasio (pictured) and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea addressed New York City’s rising crime in their last monthly press conference on crime statistics on December 8
Keechant Sewell, 49, will be the next NYPD commissioner after being chosen by incoming Mayor Eric Adams
Adams also has to deal with the continued spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the city.
Urgent care testing sites across the five boroughs have been forced to close due to staffing shortages brought on by the virus, with providers warning more are on the verge of shuttering.
CityMD, an urgent care chain in the five boroughs, closed 31 of its clinics this week due to staffing shortages brought on by the quickly spreading virus and more closures are expected.
Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, part of the state’s largest health care operator and the state’s largest employer, was forced to temporarily shutter 10 of its 55 sites, Neal Shipley, the company’s director of emergency care told the Wall Street Journal.
It’s not the flood of infected people at the medical centers that are causing the kink in the system, said Ellen Horwitz, chief executive of the Urgent Care Association, told the newspaper.
‘Staff are sick and have to stay home; that’s the blow we can’t absorb,’ she said. ‘Until this thing peaks and falls we’re going to see more closures.’
New York City once again finds it self as the epicenter of the virus for the U.S. and if the pattern holds from the last two years, the rest of the country will soon be feeling the full brunt of Omicron.
News of the record-smashing new infection rates comes as revelers gear up to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Times Square.
De Blasio said Thursday that he ‘didn’t believe in shutdowns’ and decided the city would host a pared-down version of the celebration.