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New York City Mayor Eric Adams, pictured in white, has demoted his younger brother, Bernard, seen at the lectern, from deputy NYPD commissioner deputy director of his security detail
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New York City Mayor Eric Adams has demoted his younger brother from deputy NYPD commissioner – a post that comes with a $240,000 salary – to a slightly less lucrative position of director of his security detail after facing accusations of nepotism. 

Bernard Adams, 56, a retired NYPD sergeant who had spent the past decade overseeing parking at a Virginia university, will now serve as executive director of mayoral security, overseeing the unit that protects his brother’s safety. He will earn $210,000 a year.

In an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, the mayor vehemently defended his brother’s appointment.  

New York City Mayor Eric Adams, pictured in white, has demoted his younger brother, Bernard, seen at the lectern, from deputy NYPD commissioner deputy director of his security detail

On Sunday, Adams defended his decision to hire his brother as director of his security unit, saying that he is qualified for the job, and that he trusts his sibling 'deeply'

On Sunday, Adams defended his decision to hire his brother as director of his security unit, saying that he is qualified for the job, and that he trusts his sibling ‘deeply’ 

‘My brother is qualified for the position,’ Adams declared. ‘Number one, he will be in charge of my security, which is extremely important to me at a time when we see an increase in white supremacy and hate crimes.’

Adams argued that his brother understands that as the mayor of New York City, he must strike the right balance between being protected from possible threats and being approachable to his constituents. 

‘He understands law enforcement,’ Adams said. ‘He’s a 20-year retired veteran from the police department, and I need someone that I trust around me during these times for my security, and I trust my brother deeply.’  

When asked about nepotism concerns, Adams told Tapper that the New York City’s Conflicts of Interest Board is currently reviewing his brother’s appointment.

According to internal NYPD documents cited by the New York Times, Bernard has been on the city’s payroll since December 30, before his brother was sworn in as mayor, but City Hall did not reach out to the Conflicts of Interest Board until January 7, when the New York Post broke the news about the hiring. 

Eric Adams hired his younger brother on December 30, before he was sworn in as mayor of New York City

Eric Adams hired his younger brother on December 30, before he was sworn in as mayor of New York City

Bernard Adams, 56, is a retired NYPD sergeant who had spent more than a decade overseeing parking at a Virginia college

Bernard Adams, 56, is a retired NYPD sergeant who had spent more than a decade overseeing parking at a Virginia college 

Adams’ LinkedIn profile mentions his current job as the assistant director for parking at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he has worked since 2008. 

Bernard Adams started his career in the 7th Precinct on the Lower East Side which was a rough, heroin-infested neighborhood at the time, before moving on to  Brooklyn’s 88th Precinct,

Eventually, he was assigned to the NYPD’s Queens headquarters. 

Bernard Adams retired with the rank of sergeant after 20 years of service in 2006. The mayor retired from the NYPD as a captain.  

Bernard’s appointment last week raised eyebrows over possible conflict of interest claims and nepotism.

‘New Yorkers expect that public servants are hired based on their unique qualifications and not because they are the mayor’s brother,’ Common Cause New York’s Executive Director Susan Lerner said to the Daily News. 

‘It is unclear whether a waiver from the Conflict of Interest Board would be required for this appointment. With or without a waiver, it is troubling.’

Bernard Adams is one of the few members who appeared with Eric on the campaign trail last year. 

He also worked phone banks and handed out flyers for his brother’s campaign.

The pair appear to be close. He described his older brother as his role model when he introduced him during an election night party last November. 

Bernard’s appointment came just after the mayor tapped longtime friend and confidant Philip Banks, who was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a bribery case, as deputy mayor of public safety.   

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