Mayor Eric Adams received a warm welcome to Staten Island Monday as he joined local politicians in the county’s annual Memorial Day parade to honor fallen veterans.
The thousands of visitors along Forest Avenue seemed happy to see Hizzoners among the wagons, motorcades and vintage cars marching to patriotic music in honor of those who died serving the country.
It was in stark contrast to the kind of hospitality shown to Adam’s predecessor, fellow Democrat Bill de Blasio, who was often booed at parades around town.
“That’s what Memorial Day is about, honoring the men and women who won our freedom with their blood every day and defended our country,” Adams told the crowd.
Other urban Poles joined the sentiment.
“This is a parade that draws a lot of people each year,” said Councilman Joe Borelli. “The residents of Staten Island honor our men and women who have served and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Staten Island Borough President Vito Fossella urged New Yorkers to focus on the meaning of the holiday.
“We wouldn’t be celebrating with crickets or swimming in pools without the sacrifices of those who fell for liberty and liberty in this country,” he said. “The only reason we are here today is because of the sacrifices made by those who gave their lives for this country.”
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani was seen at the start of the parade shaking hands with veterans and posing for photos.
His son, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Giuliani, was also there, giving The Post an insight into his plans to tackle crime in New York if he is elected.
“On day 1 I would sit down with them [State Assembly Speaker Carl] Heastie and [State Senate Majority Leader Andrea] Stewart cousins and just plain tell them until there’s a full repeal of bail bond reform, I’m not funding your budget priorities, period,” Giuliani said.
“We need to make sure we’re actually protecting our law enforcement agencies and their ability to proactively police,” he added, accusing Democrats of “just making New York a more dangerous place.”
When asked about Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposal — following the mass shootings in Texas and Buffalo — to pass legislation that would ban the sale of AR-15-style rifles to anyone under the age of 21, Giuliani stepped aside.
“To be perfectly honest, I don’t think the answer takes away our second amendment rights,” he said. “I think when I look at the answers that Democrats seem to have on that, it’s about the First Amendment and the Second Amendment, rather than actually putting the resources that we need into mental health and our policing completely finance.”
The younger Giuliani also said that Memorial Day is about “honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms so that we can gather and debate in public.”
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