Eric Adams is New York Metropolis’s new mayor, with the Democrat being sworn into workplace in a Instances Sq. ceremony shortly after the nation’s largest metropolis rang within the new yr Saturday.

Adams, 61, faces the immense problem of pulling the town out of the pandemic, taking workplace as the town is grappling with file numbers of Covid-19 circumstances pushed by the omicron variant.

As confetti continued to float throughout Instances Sq., Adams recited his oath of workplace. Affiliate Justice Sylvia O. Hinds-Radix of the state Supreme Courtroom’s appellate division swore Adams in as he positioned one hand on a household Bible and his different held {a photograph} of his mom, Dorothy, who died in 2020.

He made no remarks nor took questions from reporters, however appeared on “Dick Clark’s New 12 months’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” shortly after being sworn in.

He informed Seacrest he had a couple of events to attend however that he would “be up early within the morning, working for the town of New York.”

He had earlier appeared briefly on the primary stage to affirm the town’s resiliency.

“Even within the midst of Covid, within the midst of every part that we’re going by way of, it is a nation the place hope and alternatives is all the time, ever current,” he stated earlier within the night time.

“It is simply nice when New York reveals your complete nation of how we come again,” he stated. “We confirmed your complete globe what we’re product of. We’re unbelievable. That is an unbelievable metropolis and, belief me, we’re prepared for a serious comeback as a result of that is New York.”

Adams is a former New York Metropolis police captain and Brooklyn borough president who has struck a extra business-friendly, reasonable stance than his predecessor however describes himself as a sensible and progressive mayor who will “get stuff completed.” He is the town’s second Black mayor, after David Dinkins who served from 1990 to 1993, and the one hundred and tenth mayor of New York Metropolis.

Adams stated this week that he plans to maintain in place lots of the insurance policies of outgoing Mayor Invoice de Blasio, together with vaccine mandates which are among the many strictest within the nation.

The town’s municipal workforce is required to be vaccinated, as is anybody making an attempt to dine indoors, see a present, exercise at a health club or attend a convention. However New York Metropolis has additionally newly required staff within the non-public sector to get their photographs, probably the most sweeping mandate of any state or massive metropolis and a coverage Adams stated he’ll protect.

He is additionally dedicated to holding faculties open and avoiding any additional shutdowns within the metropolis of 8.8 million.

Even with no mandated shutdown, the town is grappling with de facto closures due to widespread Covid-19 infections.

A number of subway traces have been suspended as a result of constructive check outcomes amongst transit employees left too few staffers to run common trains.

The Rockettes Christmas present was canceled for the season, and the New York Metropolis Ballet canceled remaining performances of “The Nutcracker.” A number of Broadway reveals closed due to Covid-19 circumstances, and eating places and bars across the metropolis briefly closed as a result of their employees examined constructive.

Adams stated he and a crew of advisers are learning whether or not to develop the town’s vaccine mandates, plan to distribute face masks and fast checks and introduce a color-coded system alerting New Yorkers to the present menace degree posed by the virus.

As a mayoral candidate, Adams described rising up poor in Brooklyn and Queens and spoke about problems with crime, policing and racial injustice that blended his experiences as a former police captain, an officer who was important of his personal division and a youngster who skilled brutality by the hands of law enforcement officials.

Whereas promising to be a person of motion within the mayor’s workplace, Adams is at instances an unconventional politician who is predicted to place his personal stamp on the function.

He is a vegan who wrote a ebook in 2020 about how a plant-based food plan helped him with diabetes and has proven off his favourite smoothie recipe on social media. He is been identified to frequent a few of the metropolis’s nightclubs, saying throughout an look on Stephen Colbert’s late-night present that, “This can be a metropolis of nightlife. I have to check the product. I’ve to be out.”