Brooklyn Democrat chief’s husband is stepping down as an advisor to Eric Adams

The husband of the Brooklyn Democratic Party leader and a top Mayor Adams ally has abruptly resigned from his newly appointed City Hall appearance after officials learned his hiring violated government rules.

During an independent news conference on Saturday, Adams spoke poetically about how he and his staff were “perfectly imperfect” while discussing his controversial decision Employ Edu Hermelyn briefly, Husband of Brooklyn Democratic Party Chair and State Assemblyman Rodneyse Bichotte, as senior adviser on strategic initiatives at the Department of Social Services.

As the Democratic district leader representing Crown Heights, which is an unpaid elected office, Hermelyn cannot hold a city managerial post, Adams said.

“Once that was identified, we fixed it,” Adams boasted. “When things are brought to me, you know me, I get things done. No need to be like, “Let’s see if we can cover something up.” No, it was wrong.”

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Mayor Eric Adams poetically gushed at a news conference Saturday that he and his staff are “perfectly imperfect.”
Robert Mueller

The mistake was made by human resources staff, the mayor said. Hermelyn resigned the following Friday Reporters interviewed by The City how it was hired in the first place.

When asked about his hiring by The Post two weeks ago, City officials refused to disclose Hermelyn’s salary or to provide details in response to questions about what qualified a Kings County district leader to be a Senior Advisor in Social Services.

Before you drop the job, The Post revealed that Hermelyn spent much of 2020 in an $80,000 job with little responsibility for Adams’ successful mayoral campaign.

Edu Hermelyn
As the Democratic district leader representing Crown Heights, Edu Hermelyn cannot hold a city managerial post.
Edu Hermelyn/Facebook

When asked on Saturday why the rule-breaking wasn’t spotted sooner, Adams said bluntly: “I must have said that a thousand times, ‘I’m totally imperfect, and if I’m totally imperfect, my team will be perfectly imperfect, because we’re in a perfectly imperfect city.

“So we’re going to make mistakes, and when we make mistakes, we correct the mistakes. Trust me, this isn’t the last mistake we’re going to make. This is life.” Brooklyn Democrat chief’s husband is stepping down as an advisor to Eric Adams


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