Mayor Eric Adams expressed confidence Tuesday morning that Governor Kathy Hochul will head to her first full term as governor after voting for the incumbent at her Brooklyn polling place.
When asked by a reporter if he could work with Republican congressman Lee Zeldin should he win the gubernatorial race, Adams replied, “I don’t even know why I need that question, Cathy’s win tonight.”
“I look forward to continuing the partnership that we have forged,” he said. “So, I cast my vote for him and I’m excited to continue with what we’ve done.”
Heisner made the remarks while questioning reporters after voting at PS 81 Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School in the Bed Stuy section of Brooklyn.
Adams and Hochul Hai often touted their strong working relationship, bringing city and state together to tackle issues like subway crime and a new life sciences center in the Kips Bay section of Manhattan. He has kept his collaborative spirit in stark contrast to the bitter feud between his predecessors, former Mayor Bill de Blasio and former governor Andrew Cuomo.
In the last two weeks of the election, Adams stepped onto the campaign trail for Hochul, trying to vote between key Democratic voting blocs in areas such as southeast Queens and Brooklyn, which have high concentrations of African American voters.
However, the mayor and the governor have at times disagreed on how to deal with the current crime wave sweeping the city.
is adams Repeatedly called on Hochul to make changes in the state’s cash bail system This would allow judges to evaluate a suspect’s “danger” when deciding whether to set bail. He also demanded several times that he convene a special session of the state legislature to bring about the changes he wanted.
But after making several other changes to bail laws during this year’s state budget cycle that gave judges more discretion in cases involving guns and repeat offenders, Hochul declined to add a dangerous standard.
In the weeks before the election, Adams has supported that line of attack and even recently announced a new teaming up with Hochul. NYPD and state police officers crowd into city subways, Responding to a question from PoliticsNY, Adams said he thinks Hochul has a strong record of crime handling and this is reflected in his concluding message.
“She’s been a real partner in tackling the removal of guns from our street,” Adams said. “You knew I had my attention. I thought it was important. January 6th, she was at the subway station with me and dealing with subway violence. What she did a few weeks ago to continue her next phase. This There has been a real W and I think it really sent the message that we are going to have a safe state.”