New York City police union leader ‘optimistic’ as Adams succeeds de Blasio as mayor

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The head of a New York City police union said he was “optimistic” as a former police captain prepared to take the oath of office as the city’s newest mayor.

Just after midnight, with the arrival of 2022, Eric Adams – who was elected in November – replaced termed-out incumbent Bill de Blasio, who was not a favorite of Patrick Lynch, head of the New York City Police Benevolent Association.

But Lynch sounded upbeat about the incoming Adams administration as he spoke in Times Square with Fox News Digital’s Jennifer Golotko.

“We have a new year coming ahead of us,” Lynch said. “We’re optimistic about a new mayor, a new police commissioner, a new department – that we can take this city back, make it better and hopefully healthier for everyone. Happy new year.”

Adams ran on a largely anti-crime platform after city residents dealt with…

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