Mayor Eric Adams declined to say Monday whether he will sue to stop a Texas Democratic counterpart from sending busloads of migrants to the Big Apple.
Adams refused to be pinned a day after revealing his “legal team is reviewing legal challenges with Texas,” where Republican Gov. Greg Abbott last month began moving thousands of migrants to the city, sparking a heated feud with Triggered Hizoner.
“I haven’t set a specific location,” Adams replied to a question from The Post. “We are reviewing all of our legal options around this entire event.”
Adams added, “And once we’ve determined what legal action we’re going to take, we’ll be announcing that.”
On Friday, The Post exclusively reported that Democratic Mayor of El Paso Oscar Leeser said he had spoken to Adams about his own program of busing mostly Venezuelan migrants to New York City.
Leeser said Adams told him “there is no community from Venezuela in New York.”
“But he’s going to welcome them into his community and then work with them to bring them into a community where there are peers so they can continue to be there, and that’s really important to him,” Leeser said.
During an independent news conference in Brooklyn on Monday, Adams said he “wouldn’t tell anyone New York could take every migrant in the city.”
“We don’t encourage people to send eight, nine buses a day. We don’t do that,” he said.
Adams also tried to make a distinction between Leeser and Abbott, saying, “When we turned to Governor Abbott and said, ‘Can we coordinate? Can we determine who is traveling here? That we don’t have to guess?’ They refused to do so.”
“When we reached out to the Mayor of El Paso, he was willing to sit down and share what his concerns are and what our concerns are, and find a humane way to coordinate,” he said.
“And we [were] clear: ‘We can’t handle all of your migrants, Mayor of El Paso.’ But we could communicate with him.”
Adams added, “That wasn’t possible with Governor Abbott’s team. We spoke to them. They said they would let us know. They have not.”
The mayor — who has repeatedly notably personally denounced Abbott — ignored a follow-up question from the Post about whether politics mattered, because he’s better at working with Democrats than Republicans.
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