New York City Mayor Eric Adams has demoted his younger brother from deputy NYPD commissioner – a post that comes with a $240,000 salary – to the slightly less lucrative position of director of his security detail after facing accusations of nepotism.
Bernard Adams, 56, a retired NYPD sergeant who had spent the past decade overseeing parking at a Virginia university, will now serve as executive director of mayoral security, helming the unit that protects his brother’s safety. He will earn $210,000 a year – a $30,000 pay cut from what the former post promised.
New York City law bars officials from using their position ‘to obtain any financial gain’ for themselves or close associates, but the city’s ethics board has the authority to grant waivers if it finds that the ‘position would not be in conflict with the purposes and interests of the city,’ reported the New York Times.
According to internal NYPD documents cited by the Times, Bernard has been on the city’s payroll since December 30, before his brother was sworn in as mayor, but City Hall did not reach out to the Conflicts of Interest Board seeking permission to hire him until January 7, when the New York Post broke the news about the appointment.
The announcement raised some eyebrows, with many commenters on Twitter questioning Bernard Adams’ qualifications and calling his brother out for nepotism.
In an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, the mayor vehemently defended his brother’s appointment.
‘My brother is qualified for the position,’ Adams declared. ‘Number one, he will be in charge of my security, which is extremely important to me at a time when we see an increase in white supremacy and hate crimes.’
Adams argued that his brother understands that as mayor of New York City, he must strike the right balance between being protected from possible threats and being approachable to his constituents.
‘He understands law enforcement,’ Adams said. ‘He’s a 20-year retired veteran from the police department, and I need someone that I trust around me during these times for my security, and I trust my brother deeply.’
When asked about nepotism concerns, Adams told Tapper that the New York City’s Conflicts of Interest Board is currently reviewing his brother’s appointment.
‘This does appear to be a serious problem,’ Richard Briffault, a professor at Columbia Law School and the former chair of the Conflicts of Interest Board, told The Times. ‘A public servant, which includes the mayor, can’t use his position as mayor to obtain a financial gain for a sibling.’
Adams’ LinkedIn profile mentions his current job as the assistant director for parking at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he has worked since 2008.
This is an excerpt from Daily Mail.
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