Time under tension triggered New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) as the “accessible…approachable” official prickled over an off-topic question.
“Stop raising your voice. You’re not talking to a child.”
(Video: NYC Mayor’s Office)
Days after a delayed emergency response to a deluge that submerged streets across the Big Apple, and still swamped by overfilled shelters, Adams spoke at a press conference Monday with his eyes set on a getaway from Gotham.
Flanked by signs promoting abortion services, Hizzoner voiced concern over mixed messages as he lamented “running this very complicated city” and deferred to his deputies for pumping out talking points on Tuesday.
“No mayor in the history of this city has been more accessible, more approachable, more on the ground than I have,” claimed Adams with the lectern in front of him bearing the URL “hearfromeric.com” as he eased his way into testily shutting down a reporter, “and so this is the rule — don’t look around at your colleagues, they’re not answering, I’m answering. We’re going to have one day a week so I can do the business of running this very complicated city.”
Earlier, he had indicated, “Out of our concern of making sure that we really respond to the off-topic questions that we get, I believe Deputy Mayor [Fabien] Levy sent out a notice that we’re going to be holding once a week just off-topics, so you can ask whatever questions you want.”
“This will give you an opportunity, so we don’t mix the messages. We want to be as clear as possible,” contended Adams.
According to the New York Post, when the mayor stepped away from the podium for the second time within two minutes to end the presser, he could be heard telling one of their reporters, “I don’t know why you’re yelling; you keep doing that. Stop raising your voice. You’re not talking to a child.”
The heated exchanges came on the heels of Tropical Storm Ophelia pummeling the city, flooding roads and subways without the issuance of a state of emergency beforehand to allow New Yorkers time for necessary preparations.
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It also preceded an announced international trip from Adams who was scheduled to embark on a four-day trek through Central and South America, seemingly with the intent to beg foreign nationals not to head to New York City.
Beginning Wednesday in Mexico City, Mexico the mayor was slated to travel to Puebla, Mexico; Quito, Ecuador; Bogotá, Colombia and to see the Darién Gap. Promoted as a goodwill trip to build relationships with leaders across the region and better understand the journey aliens take to enter the United States illegally, the Post indicated that “the underlying goal is to use local news coverage as a media blitz to talk migrants out of coming to New York City.”
Meanwhile, reactions to his testy presser led some to liken Adams to his predecessor, former Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) who had once walked out when he couldn’t handle tough questions.
“It sounds like the recent storm gave Eric a case of the ‘de Blasios,’ shutting out the press after a bad cycle that was spurred by City Hal’s own inability to lead in an emergency,” a Democratic operative told the newspaper. “Pretty simply, if you so openly admit you can’t handle the heat from the New York City press corps, it’s no wonder you can’t handle the rain.”
“It’s crazy. It’s thin-skinned. It’s not sustainable,” said David Catalfamo who had served as press secretary under former New York Gov. George Pataki (R). “It looks like you’re running away from every issue.”
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