Mayor Eric Adams is selecting the brains of his previous two predecessors on easy methods to govern America’s largest metropolis.
Adams instructed The Post it’s mindless to not solicit enter from former mayors Bill de Blasio and Michael Bloomberg.
“My relationship with [them] should send a signal to leaders throughout the country that even when we have differences of opinion, we can learn from those who have gone before us,” he lately stated.
Adams added, he’ll “reach out to both of them, along with a broad cross-section of leaders inside and outside government, whenever I am looking for advice or guidance on an issue.”
At a time when the town is within the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, rising crime and different crises, Adams repeatedly sought advice instantly from Bloomberg and de Blasio within the weeks main as much as him taking workplace Jan. 1 and has continued since, a number of sources stated.
Adams’ 750-person transition crew can also be relying on a half dozen former aides of each ex-mayors to assist get him put together for working the Big Apple, and sources stated de Blasio administration officers offered Team Adams with detailed written briefs outlining metropolis operations.
It’s a far cry from de Blasio’s icy relationship with Bloomberg, the billionaire he changed as mayor in 2014. Both males barely talked all through your entire transition interval, sources stated.
The relationship particularly soured after visitor audio system at de Blasio’s inauguration harshly criticized the Bloomberg administration whereas the departing mayor was sitting within the viewers — together with a authorities employee calling the town a “plantation.” A day later, the progressive de Blasio doubled down on the divisiveness, telling reporters, “I am very comfortable with everyone’s remarks.”
Howard Wolfson, an in depth advisor to Bloomberg and a former deputy mayor, recalled company commissioners underneath Bloomberg getting ready a “detailed briefing book” to assist information the de Blasio administration that collectively totaled 1000’s of pages. He now wonders if the trouble might need been a waste of lifeless timber.
“The sad performance of the last eight years would suggest they never opened any of those books,” he stated.
He declined to say what Bloomberg and Adams, each average Democrats, have mentioned during the transition interval. However, he stated “we believe the new mayor is off to a great start and will continue to do what we can to be helpful.”
Peter Ragone, a longtime de Blasio advisor, stated de Blasio’s senior workers interacted with Adams’ crew “from the day” Adams was declared the winner of the Democratic main final July “until the day we handed over the keys” to City Hall.
He declined to elaborate on what points Adams and de Blasio have mentioned during their non-public talks all through the transition.
When requested about Wolfson’s remarks, he stated they’re “not worth a response.”
While Adams plans to proceed reaching out to de Blasio and Bloomberg, don’t count on him selecting up the telephone to name Republican Rudy Giuliani, the one different ex-mayor nonetheless alive, sources stated.
Both males repeatedly clashed within the Nineties when Giuliani was mayor and Adams, then a cop, led an advocacy group that spoke out towards police misconduct referred to as 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care.