New York, NY – New York City’s new mayor demoted his little brother to head of mayoral security just five days after he appointed him to a lucrative deputy commissioner position with the New York Police Department (NYPD).
On Friday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced he had appointed retired NYPD Sergeant Bernard Adams as deputy commissioner for government affairs, a job that comes with a more than $240,000 salary.
Bernard Adams, 56, has a degree in criminal justice from John Jay College but his LinkedIn profile indicated he has been employed in parking and transportation operations for Virginia Commonwealth University for more than 13 years, the New York Post reported.
Critics immediately jumped on Eric Adams with accusations of nepotism, but the new mayor brushed them off and said the city’s Conflict of Interest Board was currently vetting his appointments.
“Well, we have something here in the city called [the] Conflict of Interest Board,” the mayor told CNN on Sunday. “They do rulings and waivers, it’s going through that process now. They will make the determination and we have a great system here in the city.”
Then Eric Adams went on to explain why he wanted to have his younger brother in charge of his mayoral security.
“Let me be clear on this,” he told Jake Tapper on CNN. “My brother is qualified for the position, number one. He will be in charge of my security, which is extremely important to me in a time where we see an increase in white supremacy and hate crimes.”
The mayor justified appointing Bernard Adams to a government affairs role by saying his brother “has a community affairs background, the balance that I need.”
The mayor told CNN that it was also a trust issue.
“He understands law enforcement. He was 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,” Eric Adams explained.
Five days later, the mayor announced that his younger brother had been demoted from deputy commissioner to executive director of mayoral security, the New York Post reported.
The demotion drops Bernard Adams’ authority by several levels and chops about $30,000 off of his salary.
A source told the New York Post the details were all still being work on.
The reported $210,000 salary Bernard Adams would earn as head of his brother’s security would be in line with what the NYPD inspector who previously ran the Executive Protection Unit was paid.
The new mayor also defended his selection of a long-time friend, former NYPD Chief Philip Banks, as deputy mayor of public safety during interviews over the weekend.
Banks resigned in 2014 after he was named as an un-indicted co-conspirator in a federal corruption probe, CNN reported.
He denied accusations that he had taken bribes in exchange for favors as a police chief.
Eric Adams told CNN “there were some real mistakes and errors” made by Banks but said his new deputy mayor of public safety hadn’t actually been “accused of a crime.”
He said Banks was the best person to tackle the city’s skyrocketing violent crime.
“It really personifies why I need the best person for the job,” Adams explained. “I can’t leave bad people doing bad things to good people on the bench when I have a talented person that just made some bad calculations, bad decisions. He didn’t do anything that was criminal. Phil is a great person.”