New York Mayor-elect Eric Adams to be sworn in in Times Square | Taiwan News

NEW YORK (AP) – Eric Adams, a former New York City police captain, will be sworn in in the wee hours of New Year’s Day to become the second black mayor of the nation’s most populous city.

New York’s mayor-elect announced on Wednesday that he would hold his swearing-in ceremony in Times Square on Saturday, shortly after the traditional midnight ball and amid thousands of New Year’s revelers.

“I am deeply honored to be officially sworn in on this iconic occasion and to participate in the transfer of leadership that is the cornerstone of our democracy,” Adams said in a statement.

Adams will become the city’s 110th mayor and lead a city of 8.8 million that had been ruled for the past eight years by fellow Democrat Bill de Blasio.

The pandemic had created uncertainty about his inauguration earlier this month, as infection rates soared.

He had hoped to hold his grand opening at the Kings Theater in his hometown of Brooklyn, but scuttled those plans because of the rapidly spreading omicron variant. In recent days, New York has seen a record number of infections. A spokesperson said plans for the groundbreaking were still pending.

De Blasio took his first oath at his Brooklyn home minutes after midnight on New Years Day in 2014. It was later followed by a public ceremony on the steps of City Hall.

The choice of Times Square may be unusual, but not unprecedented.

Michael Bloomberg was also sworn in in Times Square in the first minutes of 2002, a very public place after the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The symbolic event was a first for Times Square.

During the pandemic, Times Square became a global symbol of the city’s economic downturn, with businesses and the city’s theater district going through tough times.

As tourism and business recover, it has become a symbol of the city’s resilience – which does not appear to have been lost on the new mayor.

“Times Square has long been synonymous with New Years – a place of excitement, renewal and hope for the future,” Adams said. “These are the same themes that have animated my campaign and that will inform my town hall, as I prepare to get the city out of this difficult period. “

Adams’ ascendancy in the mayor’s office was secured this summer when he stepped out of a crowded Democratic field – in a city where Democrats are 7 to 1 – after balancing his career in app laws and his humble beginnings as the son of a single mother who cleaned homes and raised six children.

Adams will follow New York’s only other black mayor, David Dinkins, who served for a single term from 1990 to 1993.

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