Discrimination, anyone? NY mayor requests photos of job applicants to hire people based on color of skin?


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NEW YORK, NY- Um, this sounds pretty…uh…discriminatory? According to the New York Post, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who ran for office painting himself as a “moderate” Democrat is demanding he be sent pictures of potential city workers to ensure the city is working to “increase diversity” of its workforce, according to a new report.

Citing a report from Politico, the Post wrote that Adams is requiring city agencies to provide photos of potential hires to City Hall as potential employees navigate the interview process for city jobs ranging from assistant commissioner to departmental press secretary.

According to a number of unnamed city officials, they told Politico the demand is an effort to hire “more diverse” city employees.

Adams however laughably claims the photos are intended to help him recognize his employees. It should be noted that the NYPD alone has over 55,000 employees. Overall, the city employs over 305,000 employees. So obviously, Adams is full of it.

Put the shoe on the other foot. If this were Rudy Giuliani and he were seeking photos of all new city employees to maintain some type of racial quota, the media would be apoplectic and the city would be getting sued.

One now-former city employee said the quiet part out loud, telling Politico:

“Everyone knew what it was. There was no question. It was the first thing everybody said: ‘We’re going to start counting complexions now.”

Politico said that a majority of those they spoke to—who requested anonymity in order to speak freely about the new mandate—said that while they support a more diverse workforce, it appears that the new practice shows the Adams administration is more concerned about race and ethnicity in hiring decisions than qualifications.

They also complained that the photo request added just another step to what a drawn-out hiring process is already, which contradicts Adams’ motto of “get stuff done,” occurring at a time when job vacancies in the Big Apple are already very high.

As of April, some eight percent of city municipal positions were vacant, according to data obtained from the Citizens Budget Commission.

Politico obtained emails sent by Adams staffers to a number of high-ranking officials in city agencies, asking them to submit headshots of those they wish to hire for Adams’ approval.

An April 19, 2022, email included a template of photos and job descriptions of current high-ranking city employees.

“Clarifying also that the avatars in the attached should be actual photos as the Mayor likes to begin to recognize folks faces,” an Adams staffer wrote in the email, according to Politico.

Another official said they were verbally admonished to hire people “who reflect the constituencies we serve.”

Potential candidates are not asked to provide photos or submit to having headshots taken, but rather photos are obtained from social media sites such as LinkedIn, in order to fulfill Adams’ request, two sources told Politico.

“The whole process this City Hall set up is difficult enough, and the photo requirement just takes it from hard to bizarre and uncomfortable,” said another high-ranking city official.

Adams’ office claims the photo requests, which also applies to current top staffers, is a way to learn and recognize the faces of those he employs.

Adams must be a stone-cold genius if he thinks he can recognize over 300,000 city employees by sight. Even only getting to know the so-called “executive team” based on photos would seem to be a fool’s errand.

“Nothing, I think, is more disrespectful than when people work for you on your executive team and you don’t know who they are,” Adams said when he was asked about the policy at an unrelated Queens press conference. “I should know my employees.”

Adams has also asked all department heads to create an organizational chart “with the faces of my employees” so he can walk into a meeting and match faces with names.

“Before I walk in, I look over the org chart, I look at their faces so I can walk in and say, ‘Hello,’” he said.


Like a broken clock Adams is occasionally right. Such was the case when he admitted that progressive policies are to blame for the rise in crime across the country. For more on that, we invite you to:


NEW YORK, NY – New York City Mayor Eric Adams said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday that he agreed with former NYPD commissioner William Bratton that progressive politics are to blame for some of the increase of crime in American cities.

Bratton was a guest on the “Bloomberg Businessweek” podcast on Thursday. On it, he said:

“The scales right now are tipped very heavily in favor of the reforms of the progressive left. Well intended, some needed, but a bit too far, and what we have as a result is this growing fear of crime, this growing actual amount of crime in almost every American city.” 

Adams said that he believed Bratton was “right.” He said:

“Major mistakes made throughout the years that destroyed the trust that the police commissioner is talking about – we have to rebuild that trust. But we can’t rebuild that trust by allowing those who are dangerous and that have – they have a repeated history of violence to continue to be on our streets.”

New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell, also a guest on the ABC show, said:

“We cannot lose sight of the victims of crime. We believe the system has to be fair and balanced, but when we lose sight of the victims of crime, we are not doing what public safety is intended to do.”

Discrimination, anyone? NY mayor requests photos of job applicants to hire people based on color of skin?
Former NYPD Commissioner Bratton on ‘Bloomberg Businessweek.’ YouTube screenshot

Adams previously said that crime was a national issue and added that it’s not “red state, blue state” issue.

Host George Stephanopoulos also asked the mayor and Sewell about the recent subway shooting in Brooklyn, wondering if there needs to be a better way to track individuals like shooting suspect Frank James.

He noted that in many ways James was “hiding in plain sight,” alluding to James’ racist rants on social media and YouTube.

Discrimination, anyone? NY mayor requests photos of job applicants to hire people based on color of skin?
NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell talks about subway shooting suspect. YouTube screenshot

Conservative commentators, who are frequently banned from social media for questioning the left’s policies, have also been wondering why James was allowed to spew racial hatred online.

Adams said that social media companies need to “step up.” He added:

“There’s a corporate responsibility when we are watching hate brew online. We can identify using artificial intelligence and other methods to identify those who are talking about violence.”

Despite revamped ‘broken window’ policing, major crime in New York City soars under new liberal mayor

April 9, 2022

The following contains editorial content which is the opinion of the writer. 

NEW YORK, NY – While de Blasio II…New York City Mayor Eric Adams coddles and woos child molesters and groomers from Florida, crime in his city continues to spiral out of control, this despite an alleged return to the “broken windows” policing championed by former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, which got crime in the city under control in the 1990s.

According to The New York Post, serious crime and shootings continued its upward march last month, with NYPD data showing a 37 percent increase in major crimes citywide. That crime surge was reflected in numbers released Wednesday.

Adams, who dropped money on ridiculous billboards in Florida attempting to woo businesses to flee business-friendly Florida to go to the sanctuary city of New York, touted the creation of a new anti-gun unit and the return to “broken windows” policing, however thus far, those efforts have proven fruitless. Adams was parroting the lie that Florida’s new anti-groomer law prohibited use of the word “gay” in the Sunshine State, which is untrue.

Adams, who ran as a former “tough-on-crime” captain, has had little success getting crime in the Big Apple under control.

New York did enjoy a spattering of success in March, with homicides and rapes dropping 15.8% and 4.3% respectively year over year for that month. However compared to 2021, shootings, robberies, felony assaults, burglaries, grand larcenies, auto thefts and hate crimes have all jumped exponentially compared to last year.

The Post notes that this year’s jump is led by steep increases in vehicle thefts, robberies, grand larceny and burglaries, according to the NYPD.

Shootings spiked 16.2% last month, while year to date, the city has recorded 332 victims of gun violence—a 14.5% increase compared to the same period in 2021, which shootings averaging four victims per day, according to data.

“Our police need more help,” NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said Wednesday at the first CompStat press conference held since Adams was sworn in.

This is Sewell’s second press briefing for reporters since she took office.

“We need help from every corner of the criminal justice system and from everyone who lives in, works in, or visits our great city. Any amount of crime and disorder is unacceptable.”

Most disturbing, the spike in shootings occurred during some of the coldest months of the year, when gun violence typically drops. Police sources are concerned that it will only worsen as summertime approaches when shootings typically spike upward.

Adams, who was elected he would bring “law and order” back to New York, marked his 100th day in office this week and thus far, the city has seen anything but. Adams’ term in office has been marred by seven police shootings and crime statistics that are blowing away pre-pandemic numbers. Two NYPD officers were killed in the line of duty during Adams’ term.

While crime is nowhere near where it was in the 1980s and 1990s, it currently stands at a five-year high overall.

For example compared to pre-pandemic, 2019 levels, auto thefts in March were up 107%, shootings up 69%, grand larceny spiked 26%, felony assault is up 22.5% and robberies are up at a 37% rate.

This week, a 61-year-old woman, Juana Esperanza Soriano De-Perdomo was walking on East 188th Street near Grand Concourse and was struck by a stray bullet, killing her, NYPD said.

Just seven days earlier, 12-year-old Kade Lewin was sitting in a parked car with two relatives in Brooklyn when he was struck in the head with a stray bullet, killing him. Meanwhile on March 25, a 3-year-old girl was hit by a stray bullet while leaving her Brooklyn daycare at about 6:00 p.m.

The newly-minted anti-gun unit, called Neighborhood Safety Teams is basically a revamped version of the anti-crime unit disbanded under failed former communist-sympathizing governor Bill de Blasio, is tasked with reducing street crime and shootings.

The unit was reimplemented three weeks ago and thus far has made 135 arrests, however only 19% were for firearms…25 in total, according to Chief of Department ken Corey.

Included among those arrested for guns were four juveniles, five with open felony cases, and seven who have been previously convicted of a crime.

All told, 91 of the 135 arrestees by the unit have prior arrests, with 57 of those being felony arrests, while 21 were on parole or probation when arrested, Corey stated.

As is typical for big cities run by Democrats with far-left district attorneys, only 10% of those arrested by the unit remain in jail, according to Corey, however he didn’t provide specifics on what the defendants were charged with or why they were already back on the streets.

Typically recidivists tend to be responsible for increases in crime, however in New York, that doesn’t seem to be the case. In fact, Chief of Crime Control Strategies Michael LiPetri laid blame for the uptick in some crime on recidivists, however statistics thus far this year do not appear to agree with that contention.

While recidivist arrests for robberies, burglaries and vehicle thefts are up 47% this year over 2019, repeat offenders accounted for less than a percent of those arrested for the crimes this year.

Sewell was asked how long it will take for the NSTs to impact crime in the city, and he estimated the city should see results “fairly quickly.”

“But we do know it does not take weeks to reverse trends that have happened over the last several years, but we are working every single day to change those numbers,” Sewell said.

“We certainly don’t want people to have to wait. One of the reasons we take an overview is we want to see what’s working and what’s not working and be able to correct it as we move along. We are definitely not taking our eye off the ball and we expect our results to be reflected in that ant that’s what I think we are starting to see.”

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