New York City mayor-elect Eric Adams wants congressman Thomas Suozzi to be one of his deputy mayors but the congressman still hasn’t decided whether he wants the job.
Adams was at a Queens news conference with Suozzi (D-Glen Cove) and other elected officials after Middle Village was struck by a wave of vandalism Friday night, according to video that New York City Councilman Robert Holden (D-Queens) posted on Facebook.
There, Adams hinted he is pressuring Suozzi to take the position.
"Somehow, I’m trying to convince him to be a deputy mayor in my administration. But now as a congressman, he has always been a clear voice for this city and I think it’s important that we raise that as we move forward," Adams said.
Suozzi, a trained attorney and certified public accountant who served as Nassau County executive from 2002 to 2009, said he is honored that Adams, a former police captain and the second Black mayor in the city’s history, has asked him to fill those shoes.
"I am very flattered that the mayor-elect would like me to help him in a big way to tackle the challenges in NYC. It’s a testament to our great friendship and his confidence that I know how to help run a big government, get things done and solve problems. Lots to think about over Thanksgiving," Suozzi said in a statement.
Adams will take office Jan. 1. He could not be immediately reached for comment.