An Election Day loss for Gov. Hochul may be a win for Mayor Adams.
Adams is actively campaigning for Hochul and never overtly supporting her GOP rival Rep. Lee Zeldin, however a number of insiders instructed The Post that the mayor sees extra alternative to advance his initiatives on crime and public security if the Republican wins the neck-and-neck governor’s race on Tuesday.
“He doesn’t even have to lobby the Republicans. They are all on his side when it comes to crime and bail reform, NYPD and all this stuff,” stated one shut Adams ally. “The two or three times he went up to Albany he had no issues with the Republicans. They’re all with him. The only issues he has are with these people who want to defund to the police.”
The insider added that Adams had a very good working relationship with GOPer Zeldin after their time collectively within the state Senate.
Hochul’s individuals “are pressuring him that he should do more [campaigning]. “If this [story] comes out, they are going to make him [campaign more]” the insider lamented.
A second longtime Democrat with ties to the mayor famous that “Zeldin would give [Adams] extra free rein in New York City from a management perspective and they’d be capable of tag group the far left collectively.
“Eric Adams and his inside City Hall leadership team . . . wouldn’t be upset with a Zeldin win because it will help the mayor in changing bail reform in the next legislative session. Hochul can’t do that right now because she has to deal with the left in the state legislature on an almost daily basis.”
A 3rd supply, a longtime City Council insider with ties to the mayor, stated “Many of [Adams’ people] are pulling for Lee Zeldin, as a result of they agree with him on a variety of points.
“There’s even a few Council members who are Democrats and privately snicker that they will be voting for Zeldin — some of whom have endorsed Hochul. I would swear on a bible on this.”
Publicly Adams has tried to cast himself as a group participant, providing an endorsement of Hochul in June and campaigning with her final Sunday in Queens and on different events. He’s additionally attacked Zeldin, going after his gun-rights report in an Aug 3. press conference.
Adams was scheduled to be with Hochul once more Saturday campaigning in Brooklyn — an occasion Adams notably saved off his public schedule.
“Mayor Adams strongly supports Governor Hochul to continue to lead this state because her partnership has led to a drop in murders and shootings, as well as critical tax breaks and childcare for working people—and that partnership will continue to produce real results for city residents,” a mayoral spokesman instructed The Post.
But a Zeldin insider stated, “Their relationship is pretty personal. It’s not on the staff level at all.”
The GOP operative stated Adams would possible welcome their promise to droop the state’s bail reform legislation by an government order, given Adams’ earlier failed effort to get an emergency legislative session to deal with the state’s spiraling crime.
In public remarks, Zeldin has lavished reward on the mayor — a former NYPD captain and ex-Republican.
“I think he’s an important ally in the efforts to overhaul cashless bail in New York. He is not getting the support he needs to be able to save this city,” Zeldin instructed The Post in September. “I believe the story that will be written in 2023 is about how Governor Zeldin is working with Mayor Adams to save the city.”
“One of my first calls Wednesday morning will be to Mayor Adams,” Zeldin instructed The Post.
Though Adams was elected partly on a promise to scrub up Gotham, his arms have been often tied by circumstances exterior his management. In addition to bail reform, which might solely be fastened in Albany, the mayor has needed to contend with woke, soft-on-crime district attorneys resembling Alvin Bragg, who has habitually refused to prosecute violent criminals. Hochul has to this point stood behind Bragg, whereas Zeldin has promised to make use of his constitutional authority to oust him on day one.
Reps for Hochul didn’t reply to a number of requests for remark from The Post.