NEW YORK – Eric Adams released the E-ZPass records of several government vehicles on Thursday as part of an evolving investigation into the time the mayoral candidate and Brooklyn Borough president spend at the Garden Co-op State that he owns with his partner.
Reading the toll payments shows that Adams took town cars over the George Washington Bridge or through the Lincoln Tunnel on six separate weekends in July, August, September, and October of last year, as well as once in February of this year. The campaign released the files in response to attacks by rival campaigns following a POLITICO story about the unusual hours Adams keeps at Borough Hall and the conflicting official documentation about where he lives.
Analysis also showed Adams’s activity prior to the EZ-Pass disclosure appeared inconsistent with some of his public comments regarding time spent across the Hudson during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The vast majority of Eric’s trips are in his government vehicle, because as Borough President he would have to be on call in Brooklyn 24 hours a day – and the E-ZPass records clearly show he was making visits his partner from time to time on weekends. “Campaign adviser Evan Thies said in a statement.” There were a few other trips when he also crossed the bridge by bus last year. “
Indeed, POLITICO separately discovered on Wednesday that Adams had logged in as campaign and district president from the Garden State on five other occasions – including two weekday trips – that were not reflected in the records of toll of the year which began in mid-May 2020. Thies said Adams traveled by bus on these occasions.
In addition, Adams participated in two other events at the height of Covid in April and early May, according to a POLITICO analysis confirmed by the campaign. These appearances contradicted some of Adams’ accounts of his whereabouts during this period.
“When it was during Covid, I didn’t get there at all,” he said Thursday morning in a TV interview, referring to the New Jersey co-op. He added that even now he is rarely able to make the trip to see his significant other due to his campaign and work schedule.
At a press conference on Wednesday outside the Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone he owns, Adams said he has traveled to see his partner during the pandemic, but only rarely.
“I spend most of my time in Brooklyn, even though it wasn’t campaign season,” he said. “But in the days of Covid, I was rarely, if ever, there. “
In one January New York Times ReportAdams said he had never spent a night out of town, only visiting the Garden State for eight to 12 hours. At the time it was sleeping at the town hall, an arrangement he said was necessary to maximize the time he could work.
After POLITICO reported that Adams always seemed to be spending nights at Borough Hall during the campaign season, Adams invited reporters to the Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone for coffee and vegan baked goods. and a tour from his basement apartment to clarify his living conditions – although some inconsistencies remained on official government documents and tax forms.