On October 10, 2023, Mayor Eric Adams held an in-person media availability at the City Hall Blue Room in Lower Manhattan. The event was attended by members of the media and covered by various news outlets 1234.
During the event, Mayor Adams discussed various topics, including his recent trip to Latin America, the city’s budget, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
During the media availability on October 10, 2023, Mayor Eric Adams discussed the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. He warned New York City residents to beware of “lone wolves” in the wake of the deadly attacks on Israel by the Palestinian militant group Hamas over the weekend
1. He also pledged the city’s support for Israel while denouncing Hamas at “The New York Stand with Israel Vigil and Rally” in Manhattan2. Mayor Adams and city officials boosted security around protests and religious institutions, including mosques, amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war3. He noted that social media could be used as a tool of harm amid the heightened emotions in the city and that law enforcement will be monitoring social media sites for threats against religious communities as the fighting in Israel and Gaza continues 13.
Additionally, Mayor Adams said his administration is looking at other ways of providing help to Israel, including potentially sending surplus COVID-19 supplies 3. Mayor Adams has previously expressed his support for Israel, stating that he loves the people of Israel, the food, the culture, the dance, and everything about Israel 5.
He also addressed the early push for a progressive Democrat to run against him in the 2025 election, stating that he is focused on governing the city5. Additionally, Mayor Adams defended his trip to Latin America but refused to reveal the total cost of travel 6.