The contours of a very powerful, complicated and delicate relationship in New York politics started to take form inside a Brooklyn church on Wednesday, as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Eric Adams, the seemingly subsequent mayor of New York City, made their first public look collectively since Mr. Adams secured the Democratic nomination final week.
In a information convention that spanned round 40 minutes, Mr. Adams and Mr. Cuomo sought to focus on areas of widespread floor — specifically, selling public security whereas claiming the mantle of progressivism — amid an undercurrent of uncertainty round Mr. Cuomo’s future as he awaits investigations into his conduct as governor.
“Eric and I come from the same political philosophy,” Mr. Cuomo declared. “We are progressive Democrats. And we have the same definition of what it means to be a progressive Democrat.”
The look marked the second time this week that Mr. Adams moved to cement his relationships with the forces that can have extraordinary sway over his capacity to control — the federal and state governments — as he embraces the function of mayor-in-waiting forward of a November normal election that he’s nearly sure to win.
Cuomo and Adams Address Gun Violence in New York
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York and Eric Adams, the Democratic nominee for mayor of New York City, outlined plans on Wednesday for lowering gun violence, calling the matter an epidemic.
“We have more people dying of gun violence than Covid. Seventy-seven percent of the victims of gun violence: Black and brown. It is a major civil rights issue, and we have to get to the young people, target youth group, 18 to 24. And it’s not enough to say, ’No, don’t do drugs, don’t join a gang.’ There has to be an alternative. There has to be hope. And we’re going to be working with the community today. State is going to be announcing 4,000 summer jobs, and full-time jobs with training for youth in New York City so there is an alternative for them.” “We have to engage in this conversation is happening every day in our cities, but not a heavy-handed policing model, a holistic model. And what the governor is rolling out, it is a complement to what the president of the United States stated. How do we do employment, youth engagement? Making sure we put money into the hot spots, crisis management teams. How do we redefine the ecosystem of public safety so that we can identify what is the police role in that ecosystem, as well as some of the other entities in that system, and treat gun violence as a public health emergency.”
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York and Eric Adams, the Democratic nominee for mayor of New York City, outlined plans on Wednesday for lowering gun violence, calling the matter an epidemic.CreditCredit…Johnny Milano for The New York Times
On Monday, he visited the White House in Washington, assembly with President Biden and later showing in a White House-promoted video to debate public security and justice. And Mr. Adams’s joint look with Mr. Cuomo underscored an effort to enhance the connection between the places of work of governor and mayor of New York; the present occupant of Gracie Mansion, Mayor Bill de Blasio, has had a notoriously poisonous dynamic with Mr. Cuomo and was absent from each the Washington and Brooklyn conferences.
Mr. Adams and Mr. Cuomo are usually not thought to have any deep private bonds, however Mr. Adams’s familiarity with Albany — the 2 overlapped briefly whereas he was a state senator — could ease the early levels of their new relationship, and may assist Mr. Adams as he seeks to construct allies within the Legislature.
Mr. Cuomo, for his half, is closely reliant on assist from Black voters, and a powerful relationship with Mr. Adams, who’s poised to be the second Black mayor in New York City’s historical past, may additionally be in Mr. Cuomo’s political pursuits as he heads into an election yr.
Of course, Mr. Cuomo additionally greeted Mr. de Blasio warmly when he was the Democratic nominee in 2013, however that relationship deteriorated rapidly — and Albany nonetheless has a lot management over main municipal points that it’s practically inconceivable that the subsequent mayor and governor wouldn’t conflict, as mayors and governors typically have all through historical past.
But on Wednesday in Brooklyn, Mr. Adams and Mr. Cuomo alternated between talking from behind a lectern, and listening to one another from the facet.
The two males each prevailed of their most up-to-date elections over skeptical left-wing forces within the occasion. They appeared at their most simpatico on Wednesday when talking concerning the pressing want for improved public security and high quality of life — reaching for strikingly grim, generally hyperbolic phrases to explain life in America’s largest cities — whereas taking veiled swipes at those that deal in “theoretical progress,” as Mr. Cuomo framed it, quite than the troublesome realities going through New York City.
A progressive, Mr. Cuomo claimed, is one “who actually makes progress for people.”
“I’m happy that you touched on ‘progressive,’ what it means to be progressive,” a barely hoarse Mr. Adams mentioned as he started his introductory remarks following Mr. Cuomo, who smiled as Mr. Adams began in. “We’ve allowed the term ‘being progressive’ to be hijacked by those who do not have a track record of putting in place real progressive changes. And I am not going to surrender my progressive credentials.”
Their coverage focus was gun violence and combating a spike in shootings that has rattled neighborhoods throughout the town. Mr. Cuomo just lately declared a gun violence emergency within the state, and on Wednesday he referred to as the violence a “civil rights issue,” noting that victims in New York have disproportionately been Black and Latino residents.
Mr. Adams burdened the significance of combating handgun violence, and urged a “holistic” method to selling public security, quite than one rooted in “heavy-handed policing”— although he supported a extra expansive function for the police than a few of his main opponents did. As he has carried out earlier than, he linked combating crime to the town’s financial restoration.
Throughout their look, there have been loads of united-front moments. Mr. Cuomo, who made references to their shared roots in boroughs outdoors of Manhattan, appeared to murmur his assent as Mr. Adams warned of high-income New Yorkers fleeing to Miami in the event that they felt the town was too unsafe — although charges of violent crime at this time are far decrease than in earlier eras in New York. Mr. Adams, as he famous their efforts to enact marriage equality within the state, turned to face Mr. Cuomo, demanding, “Did people forget? That was our bill.”
And when a journalist remarked that it seemed like Mr. Adams needed to place extra individuals in jail, Mr. Adams rejected that characterization — and Mr. Cuomo then leapt to the lectern to criticize the query.
But there have been additionally reminders of potential tensions to come back at a time of deep uncertainty in Mr. Cuomo’s political profession.
“I said it then and I’ll say it again,” Mr. Adams mentioned as Mr. Cuomo, a frontrunner of the National Governors Association, appeared on. “I am the face of the Democratic Party.”
Until just lately, Mr. Cuomo was a nationwide superstar following his prolific public appearances in the course of the early months of the pandemic, and at one level some Democrats dreamed of placing him on the presidential ticket.
But he now faces a second of grave political peril, amid the specter of impeachment and still-outstanding investigations, together with a intently watched report from the state lawyer normal, Letitia James, that’s set to look at harassment allegations.
His look with Mr. Adams, and a later information convention that included state lawmakers — a few of whom have been sharply crucial of Mr. Cuomo, however flanked him to debate combating gun violence on Wednesday — appeared designed to ship a message that he stays firmly accountable for essentially the most urgent issues going through the state, regardless of vital questions on his political future.
Most of the state’s prime Democrats have referred to as on Mr. Cuomo to resign, however he has refused. Instead, he has spent the previous few months looking for to rehabilitate his picture after a number of girls accused him of sexual harassment; standing facet by facet with the presumed subsequent mayor of New York City was seen as half and parcel of Mr. Cuomo’s bigger effort to say his management and painting a semblance of normalcy.
For his half, Mr. Adams was one of many few Democratic mayoral candidates who didn’t name on Mr. Cuomo to right away resign and he mentioned in the course of the main marketing campaign that he would settle for an endorsement from the governor — although throughout a June debate, he didn’t elevate his hand when the contenders have been requested if they might need Mr. Cuomo’s endorsement. Mr. Adams has additionally mentioned he helps an impartial investigation into the harassment allegations and believes in due course of, whilst he has mentioned “swift action must be taken” in opposition to highly effective males who prey on girls.
At the information convention, a reporter pressed Mr. Adams on that dynamic forward of Ms. James’s report, one which will set the phrases for a way Mr. Cuomo’s re-election prospects will unfold.
“The governor said that he would work with me,” Mr. Adams mentioned. “I’m sure he would have worked with any mayor that is in office.”
“Let the investigation go to its outcome,” he continued. “I mean, that’s the system of justice that I protected in the city and will continue to do so. And the system of an investigation will determine the outcome.”
Luis Ferré-Sadurní and Emma G. Fitzsimmons contributed reporting.