MANHATTAN – As the sun rose Tuesday morning, just days after being sworn in, Mayor Eric Adams found himself in a familiar place— speaking to a group of NYPD officers at their morning roll call. Different this time around though, Mayor Adams would be speaking to the men and women serving the 19th Precinct— the very officers patrol the streets outside his new home, Gracie Mansion, on the Upper East Side.
“Don’t abandon the people,” Mayor Adams said.
”They need you, they want you and they respect you,” the former transit cop turned chief executive of the City told the uniformed officers as they gathered Tuesday morning in the 19th Precinct station house on East 67th Street in Lenox Hill.
This visit comes during Mayor Adams busy first week in office that’s been both lighthearted and quite challenging.
The week began with Mayor Adams taking the subway to work at City Hall, then ride a Citi bike to the West Side for a television appearance, all while facing the current Covid-19 surge in New York City and questions about his plan to safely keep public schools open.
As if that wasn’t enough on his plate— the Mayor’s first week also included rushing to a Upper East Side hospital where an NYPD officer struck by a bullet while sleeping in his car between shifts was in surgery for a fractured skull.
“I promise you I’m not going to allow anyone to attack you,” Mayor Adams vowed to the officers Tuesday morning.
The NYPD’s 19th Precinct took no time in thanking the Mayor the support— and to welcome him to our neighborhood.
“Thank you to [Mayor Adams] for stopping by this morning to speak to our officers before they headed out to patrol,” the 19th Precinct wrote on Twitter.
“We [love] our community and welcome you to the Upper East Side!”