Eric Adams at Thanksgiving dinner with Riker’s mom and baby

Mayor Eric Adams spent Thanksgiving Day visiting first responders’ children, serving meals in Harlem and planning to later stop at Rikers Island to have dinner with an incarcerated mother and her baby.

Hizzoner’s packed schedule began in Midtown Manhattan, where he reached out to families at the 21st annual First Responder’s Children’s Foundation — a charity that raises money for the children of first responders who have either died or been injured on the line.

“I still wake up every day to say I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America… This is the greatest country in the world – the only country whose name is associated with ‘dream’. There’s no German dream, no French dream, no Polish dream, but damn it’s an American dream!” Adams, a former NYPD captain, said to cheer.

“Never count those who gave their lives for us. The Police Commissioner and I are committed to the public safety of this city and the public safety of this country, and I want to thank the family members who are here. You may have lost your loved ones, but they [are] still with you.”

Eric Adams addresses a crowd at the National Actions Network headquarters in Harlem.
Adams reiterated his commitment to public safety during his Thanksgiving speech.
Brigitte Stelzer

He also stopped by at the start of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade after joining NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell for a safety briefing last night as the helium balloons were being inflated.

Then the self-proclaimed vegan — though he sometimes deviates from that menu — spooned up a green vegetable dish alongside Rev. Al Sharpton at the Harlem headquarters of the civil rights leader’s National Action Network.

The couple worked alongside other notable city Poles such as City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams (D-Queens) and Comptroller Brad Lander.

Adams is a self-proclaimed vegan.

Adams took a green vegetable dish alongside Rev. Al Sharpton.

Robert Harris, 88, and his wife Alice Lee, 84, eat Thanksgiving dinner.

The National Action Network was one of many stops Adams made during Thanksgiving Day.

A man eats his Thanksgiving dinner from the National Action Network in Harlem.

Adams started his day at the 21st Annual First Responder’s Children’s Foundation.

People line the National Action Network online for a Thanksgiving meal.

Adams also planned to visit Rikers Island for dinner to meet with staff and eat with inmates.

“After I’m here, I’m going to Rikers Island to sit down with some of the inmates,” he said. “There is a young lady who has a newborn baby and I will sit down and eat with her as she is in confinement right now.

City Hall gave no further details about the meeting when contacted by The Post.

Adams added he will also be speaking to correctional officials at the controversial prison complex, which has recorded 18 inmate deaths since the beginning of this year.

“The real signal this year, as we understand it, right, because some people think it’s a thank you — and it’s not, it’s Thanksgiving.”

“This is a lot of stops we make just to say thank you for what the city has been to us. And what we want to offer others,” added the mayor. Eric Adams at Thanksgiving dinner with Riker’s mom and baby


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