Fox News reports that Democrat Eric Adams defeated Republican nominee Curtis Sliwa in Tuesday’s race to become New York City’s next mayor.
Adams is a former police officer — but while he spent years enforcing the law, a new report suggests that he isn’t quite so good at following it.
According to Business Insider, reporters staked out Adams’ purported residence in order to confirm that he actually lived there. While making their observations, they noticed the candidate illegally park and operate his vehicle.
Business Insider quoted reporters for the magazine Curbed as saying that “things got slightly weird” when Adams pulled up to his Brooklyn apartment in a Prius at 4:18 a.m. last Tuesday.
One of the journalists explained that Adams’ vehicle “was illegally parked in front of an active garage for a plumbing-supply company.”
This “quickly became a problem for the trucks attempting to enter said supply company,” the reporter said. “They were soon backed up all the way down Lafayette Avenue, causing a bona fide pileup while Adams slept inside.”
Another reporter “arrived just in time to see Adams — definitively Adams — leave his apartment, climb into the car from the passenger side, shimmy into the driver’s seat, then drive the car up onto the sidewalk,” the original report claims, according to Business Insider.
The journalist went on to describe Adams driving “blithely on the sidewalk until he was past the jam,” then turning “right on Stuyvesant Avenue.”
“There is no excuse”
According to Business Insider, Adams was quick to make excuses when questioned later about the incident.
“I got home late and drove around my neighborhood several times looking for parking, like so many New Yorkers do, and thought I would be out of the house early enough to move my car before the business opened.”
The now-mayor-elect went on to express contrition for his behavior, insisting, “There is no excuse for it. In reflection I should have just rode my bike.”
During his party’s primary race, Adams tried to distinguish himself from more radical Democrats by pushing back on what he said were efforts to demonize the police. Only time will tell if he keeps that stance up throughout his term as mayor of the Big Apple.