Democratic mayoral nominee Eric Adams took a thinly-veiled swipe at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s languid work schedule, saying New Yorkers aren’t “used to someone committed and dedicated to this city.”
Adams made the remarks Monday at a pre-Election Day rally with labor leaders in a park outside City Hall.
Adams, the outgoing Brooklyn borough president who slept in his office during the pandemic, said he’s an “enigma” because people aren’t “used to someone willing to stay in their office overnight.”
“They’re not used to someone committed and dedicated to the city,” he said.
He continued, “They’re not used to someone who’s willing at 2, 3 in the morning to go to hospitals and visit NYSNA [New York State Nurses Association] employees and let them know you understand what they’re going through.”
A couple dozen NYSNA members attended the event along with reps from 32BJ who are doormen, cleaners and security officers and DC 37 that backs municipal employees..
“Believe it or not everyone does not do a 9 to 5 in this city. Some people are working around the clock. If you are a 9 to 5 mayor you can’t understand the issues of 24/7 people,” he said.
Adams also joked about his nightlife habits, including visits to an exclusive members-only club in Soho.
“When I’m up I’m not only at Zero Bond I’m at Ground Zero helping out people,” he said.
By contrast the current mayor neither stayed out late nor arrived early at work.
Before the pandemic, de Blasio routinely showed up to City Hall after 11:00 am after a leisurely morning workout in Brooklyn.
Nowadays he often takes a two hour midday break during the workweek to stroll through Greenwood Cemetery.
A spokeswoman for the mayor did not immediately reply to a request for comment.