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.
The city is also facing a surge in violent crime, particularly shootings and killings, which are part of a national trend in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Adams, a former New York City Police Chief, started his first day as mayor by calling 911 to report two men fighting and later that day promised to crack down on violent crime while holding a press conference on one Policeman who was shot and injured hours earlier.
While the new mayor has pledged to keep the city open and prevent a return to closings, he is taking the helm of a city where metro lines, restaurants and even emergency centers have been temporarily closed due to staff shortages due to COVID cases.
Adams said this week that he plans to follow many of the guidelines from. to maintain outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio, including vaccination regulations, which are some of the strictest in the country.
In his Saturday address, Adams also said he would take a “radically practical” approach to improving the city’s government that includes not only “great plans and proposals” but also “weeding out waste and eliminating inefficiencies”.
Adams and his new Police Commissioner Keechant Sewel held an afternoon press conference outside a hospital after a police officer was shot dead Saturday while sleeping in his vehicle in a parking lot between shifts. The official is expected to make a full recovery.
Adams declared that New York would “not be a city of violence”.
“I am fully aware of my mission to act aggressively against those who carry violent weapons in our city,” he said.
Adams took the subway from his brownstone in Brooklyn to City Hall on his first day at work. Adams chatted with New Yorkers and a bevy of reporters who followed him. While waiting for the train, he called 911 to report a brawl after seeing two men arguing near the subway station.
Hours earlier, when 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.
After canceling initial plans to be sworn in at a Brooklyn theater, Adams said Saturday that he held his inauguration ceremony at the location of the New Year’s Eve ball drop to show that the city was open and vibrant and “that New York can ”. and should be the center of the universe again. “
The pandemic put the city through “two years of crisis,” said Adams, “and that offends our nature as New Yorkers.”
“Everyone knows one thing about New Yorkers: We don’t like it when someone tells us what to do,” he said.
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.
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. Some entertainment performances have been canceled and restaurants and bars are remorseful as the workers tested positive.
Adams said he and his advisors are considering expanding vaccine mandates and planning to distribute face masks and rapid tests, as well as adopting a color-coded system to alert New Yorkers to the current level of threat.
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.
Adams, the former president of the Brooklyn borough, has taken a more business-friendly and moderate stance than his predecessor, but describes himself as a practical and 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.
He held his first cabinet meeting on Saturday morning. He planned to broadcast a strong symbol of his own resilience that afternoon by visiting a Queens police station where he was beaten by police as a teenager.
“Later today I will return to the same station and address the officials there as their mayor,” he said.