Newly sworn-in Mayor Eric Adams claimed Sunday that “resilient” New York City will recover from the COVID-19 pandemic like it did after 9/11.
“I could always reflect on Sept. 11, 2001, when our center of trade was attacked. People looked at our city, and they focused on the 11th. I didn’t. I focused on the 12th. We got up. Retailers sold goods, teachers taught, builders built, and that’s where we are now,” he said on MSNBC.
“These moments may seem dark and despair, but we’re resilient, and we want to cycle out of COVID, regrow our economy and ensure that our city is safe.”
Hizzoner was responding to a question from the network’s Jonathan Capehart, who asked if the Big Apple would “really” rebound as Adams has predicted, given recent Broadway show and restaurant closures amid an Omicron-driven surge in cases, and increases in violent crime.
During a subsequent appearance on ABC, Adams vowed to “lead” the Big Apple to its bounce-back.
“This is an amazing city,” the mayor said on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “Generals don’t lead their troops from the back; they lead their troops from the front. I’m going to lead my city into this victory from the front.
“We are resilient, we are going to get through this.”
Adams, who announced he will keep ex-Mayor Bill de Blasio’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates for public- and private-sector employees, reprimanded those New Yorkers who have so far refused to get their shots.
“I say to those who are not vaccinated: Stop it. It’s time to get vaccinated. It’s time to have the booster shots. You endanger yourself, and you are endangering the public and your family as well.”
Currently, about 82 percent of Big Apple residents have received at least one dose of a coronavirus immunization, including just under 93 percent of adults, according to city data.
A day after issuing executive orders cementing de Blasio’s vaccine policies — including the “Key to NYC” program that requires proof of vaccination to enter many indoor venues — Adams said he is continuing to weigh the possible enactment of an additional coronavirus-related regulation.
Asked on ABC if he will require municipal workers — 95 percent of whom are vaccinated — to receive a booster shot, Adams replied, “That’s our next move, a decision.
“We’re going to examine the numbers. If we feel we have to get to a place of making that mandatory, we want to do that,” he added.
On Thursday, Adams released a plan that included a provision to “immediately study” if city vaccine requirements will need to be updated to add a compulsory booster dose. Public-school students may also need to be vaccinated for the next school year, according to the blueprint.
As coronavirus cases soar in New York, with a reported positive-test rate of 20.56 percent in the five boroughs Saturday, Adams still encouraged parents worried about students catching the coronavirus to send their kids to school when classes return on Monday after the winter break.
“I say to them: Fear not sending them back,” he told Stephanopoulos. “The safest place for children is inside the school. The numbers of transmissions are low, your children is in a safe place to learn and continue to thrive.”
During his pair of Sunday morning national TV appearances, Adams was also asked about a recent war of words between him and about half of the City Council’s members, who ripped Adams’ promise to bring back “punitive segregation,” or solitary confinement, in city jails.
After the lawmakers signed a letter proclaiming that “New York City will never torture our way to safety,” Adams blasted them as “disruptive.”
On Sunday, Adams insisted he is “opposed” to solitary confinement but not “punitive segregation” for dangerous inmates — even though the city Board of Correction’s Web site classifies the terms as identical.
“I am opposed to solitary confinement. That is a draconian way to protect the city. But what I am saying is you cannot be an inmate, sexually assault a correction officer or another inmate, and then stay in general population,” the mayor said on MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show” with Jonathan Capehart.
“Punitive segregation is a human way of removing dangerous inmates to a location where they can get the services they need, so they can stop preying on other inmates, staff and preying on society,” he went on.
“It’s unacceptable to state you’re not going to remove dangerous inmates from an environment [where] other inmates are serving their time.”