/  01.01.2022

New year, new mayor in New York City. Mere minutes after midnight (Jan. 1), Eric Adams was sworn in as the 110th mayor of NYC, becoming just the second Black man to hold the position. The ceremony took place live in Times Square, as confetti from the ball drop covered the surrounding streets. 

According to CNN, the 61-year-old Brooklyn native took his oath of office surrounded by family, friends and his associates. He held up a framed photo of his mother, Dorothy, who died in 2020 and placed his hand on a family Bible. 

“I, Eric Adams, do solemnly swear, that I will support the Constitution of the United States, the constitution of the state of New York, and the charter of the city of New York, and I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of the mayor of the city of New York, to the best of my abilities, so help me God,” Adams said, repeating after Associate Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix.

Shortly after being sworn in, he spoke to host Ryan Seacrest on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” “It’s a great feeling,” Adams said. “I got a couple more parties to go to, but trust me if you hang out with the boys, you gotta get up with the men. I’ll be up early in the morning, working for the City of New York.”

When asked what his wishes are for the City of New York, Adams said he hoped for “prosperity,” while encouraging people to find “inner peace.” “We’ve been through tragedies before,” he said. “This is a resilient city and a resilient country, and I want to bring that energy.” 

Adams will replace incumbent Bill de Blasio — who served as mayor of NYC from 2014 to 2021 — after defeating Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa in the November election.

Check out Eric Adams’ first remarks as NYC mayor below:

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