NYC Mayor Adams defends using campaign funds to jet off to LA: ‘I must do what other mayors are doing’

Following a week that included carousing with celebrities at the Met and jet-setting to Los Angeles to party with comedian Dave Chappelle, New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) defended his campaign-funded travels arguing, “I must do what other mayors are doing.”

Adams was addressing a crowd in midtown Manhattan Friday as part of the announcement for a redevelopment project of One Times Square when he was asked to account for his recent absence from the city. As the New York Post reported, hizzoner had taken a sojourn to L.A. during which he had participated in a panel put together by the Milken Institute in an effort to bring financial technology business to the five boroughs.

“This is what I must do. I must do what other mayors are doing,” Adams stated, on the defensive when asked about the trip. “They’re coming to my city, in our city, encouraging businesses to go to their city. They’re learning from our ideas.”

“And if I’m going to sit home while other people are coming, taking our businesses, that’s a big mistake. I’m going to crisscross the globe and I’m going to show people our product,” he went on. “I need businesses here. We want to be the center of life sciences, cybersecurity, of bitcoin, blockchain. And then we must go and learn what other cities are doing. That is what we want to do.”

While an official for Adams said his use of campaign funds for his flight and hotel stay was entirely appropriate, the altruism of Adams’ travels remains questionable at best as his penchant for the celebrity lifestyle belies his self-portrayal as the tireless fighter for the people of NYC.

Worse still, the recently absentee mayor chose to point the blame at others for the continued issues of crime facing the city. Of criminals on the streets he told the gathering, “The judges are letting them out, so the police officers are catching the guns, catching the bad guys, and by the time the police officers get back on patrol, they see the guy they just caught. Every time we try to take these steps, we have others who are trying to prevent us from protecting innocent New Yorkers. Who’s on the side of innocent New Yorkers? I’m on their side. Other people need to join us.”

With shootings in the city at approximately 300 for the year, up roughly 20 percent over the same period from the year before according to the NYPD, the mayor attempted to utilize select polling to prove voters were standing with him. While the numbers he touted claimed a 59 percent approval rating for the crime-ridden city, a Quinnipiac University poll showed Adams’ favorability was only on the decline as 54 percent now disapprove of his handling of crime compared to February when only 35 percent disapproved.

“Polls go up and down,” Adams stated, suggesting he is well aware of the reality despite his posturing. “Those of you who followed me on the campaign, you heard three things: stay focused, no distractions, and grind. I am less than six months into my administration. And so throughout these six months, it’s going to be a rollercoaster. But at the end of it, we’re going to turn this city around.”


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