The city’s government ethics watchdog has given New York City mayor Eric Adams a waiver to hire his brother Bernard Adams, a 56-year-old retired NYPD sergeant as a consultant of his security team provided that he will not get paid for his work.
The Conflicts of Interest Board said Bernard Adams will not have supervision of his brother’s security team since it is against the law, all he can do is only to give advice on security.
Adams for his part is happy with the decision of COIB saying it was not about money but the dream of his brother to protect him.
“Bernard never wanted the money. Bernard wanted to protect his older brother because I protected him when he was a little boy. Now, he’s a grown man,” Adams said.
“And so the type of security I have is (for) a unique person to give me the protection that I need in the dangerous environment that we are experiencing. And I can’t think of anyone more unique than a young man named Bernard Adams, my baby brother, and I’m happy he’s with me,” Adams added.
Before the waiver, critics accused Adams of nepotism when he express the desire to hire his brother.
But Adams defended that the one who can decide on the merit of his request is the COIB.