On Friday, New City Mayor Eric Adams appointed Brooklyn Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo as his new cultural affairs commissioner.
The appointment of Cumbo, who campaigned for Adams and served as the Council’s majority leader, raised some eyebrows since the former has a history of controversial remarks regarding race.
While serving as the Council’s majority leader, Cumbi drew a wave of ire during her final weeks with the Council when she weighed in on a bill to allow non-citizens to vote in city elections.
Sources said Cumbo expressed the fear that giving non-citizen immigrants that right would dilute the political might of Black voters and specifically pointed to support former President Donald Trump received from Latinos as supporting evidence.
“Where do African American voters fit in?” Cumbo said.
“This particular legislation will shift the power dynamics in New York City in a major way,” Cumbo added.
Adams stood firm in appointing Cumbo despite some issues since he believed in her abilities.
“Laurie Cumbo brings a breadth of experience in the arts, community advocacy, and city government to her role as commissioner,” Adams said.
“She will be instrumental in leading our efforts to strengthen New York City’s vibrant cultural life and connect New Yorkers to cultural experiences and institutions in all five boroughs,” Adams added.
As the commissioner for New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Cumbo will direct the city’s cultural policy and oversee millions of dollars in city funding that goes to art and culture-based non-profits each year.