NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Eric Adams has backed off plans for a $210,000-a-year, city-paid security job for his brother. Bernard Adams will now volunteer instead as an advisor.
The mayor’s office confirmed the change Thursday, after the city Conflicts of Interest Board granted a waiver for Bernard Adams to serve as “senior advisor for mayoral security.”
New York City mayors are required by law to get a waiver from the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board before hiring a relative.
The retired New York Police Department sergeant will make $1 a year, so he can officially be a city employee. The mayor’s office says he is “uniquely qualified” for the job and offered to be unpaid “to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.”
Mayor Adams had insisted his brother is qualified as a 20-year veteran of the NYPD.
“He also has a personal experience,” the mayor said. “He knows his brother and he’s going to keep his brothers safe.”