Mayor Eric Adams has promised to make the city’s streets safer, but that hasn’t stopped him from letting lead-footed cops chauffeur him around the Big Apple.
Two of the city-issued SUVs used by Adams’ NYPD security detail have been snapped on camera three times in the past five months speeding in school security zones at least 11 mph above legal limits — resulting in 225 $.30 in fines and unpaid late fees paid, a review of city records shows.
It is unclear who was driving the vehicles when they were speeding. Adams’ younger brother Bernard, a retired NYPD sergeant, oversees the mayor’s security but does not typically drive him.
“This is another case of ‘do what I say, not what I do,'” quipped Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, a Republican who lost the 2021 mayoral election to Adams, a retired NYPD captain .
“He fought for more speed cameras because he said speeders were a threat to society, but he doesn’t want to set an example. He always acts according to different rules than the average person.”
Adams has long supported expanding the city’s speed and red-light camera program and enforcing it 24/7 — despite a rocky history of drivers assigned to him when he was Brooklyn Borough President and collecting lots of camera cards.
On April 22, at 9:26 p.m. on April 22, one of Adams’ assigned vehicles was caught by a camera speeding on Northern Boulevard in Queens. Less than half an hour earlier, Adams walked out of a gala two miles away where he had joined the Sino American Commerce Association to honor then-Knicks center Taj Gibson and Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens), as per the public schedules of the mayor.
A $50 ticket was issued to the vehicle, which was fined last month after failing to pay. Since then, an additional $25.30 in late fees and accrued interest has been accumulated.
On July 6, the same SUV was pinned down on Adams Street in downtown Brooklyn at 6:38 p.m. for speeding — 22 minutes before the mayor was scheduled to deliver a “Community Conversation on Public Safety” at the four miles away at Boys and Girls High School. That $50 subpoena resulted in $25 in late penalties, which also had to be paid by Friday.
On July 15, another SUV used by the mayor’s department was issued a $50 ticket after being caught speeding at 6:59 a.m. at the intersection of Flushing Avenue and Johnson Avenue in Brooklyn was. Adams is a notorious early riser, but his first scheduled appearance of the day was at 10am at City Hall to greet Rohey Malick Lowe, the first female mayor of Banjul, The Gambia.
The $50 ticket came with $25 in late penalties, but the Treasury Department recently canceled the entire debt, records show.
The Treasury Department also recently scrubbed three parking tickets issued to the same vehicle in Queens this year, totaling $400 in fines and delay fees. Adams was out of town but in Washington DC on business when the vehicle was served with one of the subpoenas in June for parking too close to a fire hydrant.
Neither the Treasury Department nor the Mayor’s Office responded with messages.
Since becoming mayor this year, Adams has used fewer city vehicles than his predecessor, Bill de Blasio. But Adams has yet to deliver on promises he made on the campaign trail and in the first few weeks of his administration to rely more on public transport and cycling.
The mayor is usually driven by an SUV all day while another vehicle, also driven by a police officer, drives nearby. Mayor Detail responsibilities also include arriving at City Hall or any other location the mayor will be heading to before arriving there to ensure the area is safe. They also accompany him when he travels by public transport, by bicycle and on foot.
Eric McClure, executive director of safe roads group StreetsPAC, said city employees who operate government vehicles should obey the rules of the road unless responding to emergencies.
“All city employees should drive safely and carefully, and the mayor has more opportunity than anyone in New York City to lead by example,” he said.
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