Mayor Eric Adams admitted on Wednesday that he “probably” requested an extension to file his taxes on the same day he was first pressed to release the documents — as he berated reporters for asking again asked about the problem.
City Hall says the six-month extension means Adams has until Oct. 15 to complete his tax returns, which he has specifically declined to release publicly in recent days.
Adams asked for the extension “days ago, probably Friday I think,” he told reporters at an independent news conference in Brooklyn.
On Friday, Hizzoner was first questioned by reporters on the subject — and when he refused to commit to releasing his returns, even though every Big Apple mayor since Ed Koch has released either partial or full copies of his returns.
Adams press secretary Fabien Leavy clarified that Adams’ accountant filed the extension request but could not confirm the mayor’s timeline.
The new details came a day after the mayor partially reversed course on Tuesday, saying he would provide “information” about his taxes but again refused to commit to publishing his tax returns.
That was also the same day that City Hall officials first unveiled the tax extension request, which was accepted but provided no further details on the mayor’s files.
Tax returns provide important insight into the city’s chief executive officer’s finances, including investments by then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Bill de Blasio’s income from his two Brooklyn properties.
Adams, like de Blasio, is a landlord. He has also earned income from the cookbook he published.
And Adams’ finances came under scrutiny during the 2021 mayoral campaign after reporters discovered he underreported the income he earned from renting out apartments in his Bedford-Stuyvesant walk-up, forcing him to lose his change returns.
The series of questions followed Adams to Wednesday’s Red Hook event, where the mayor berated reporters for the latest round of investigations, telling them it was far more important to focus on the rise in violent crime and the ongoing housing crisis.
“I spent two days talking about my taxes, this is day three,” said an audibly frustrated Adams. “I’ve already talked about it, I’ve answered all the questions, that’s it.
“I’m not going to spend days talking about the same things, when I watch babies being shot in the city, I watch people fight for homes, I watch all these crises,” he added.
“Well, this may be new to others, but it’s nothing new to these folks,” he continued. “I have a city to rule. I have dealt with your questions for two days and there will be no third day.”
Then Adams concluded, “I will release my taxes like I said I would, and I look forward to showing everyone how much money I paid.”
When asked if that meant the mayor had finally committed to releasing his returnees, spokesman Levy replied: “My answer hasn’t changed since yesterday [Tuesday].”
https://nypost.com/2022/04/20/eric-adams-again-gets-testy-over-making-tax-returns-public/ Eric Adams gets irritated again when it comes to making tax returns public