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Protesters storm within inches of Mayor Adams during speech boosting NYC

Michael Gartland, New York Daily News on

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NEW YORK — Several protesters stormed within inches of Mayor Eric Adams as he delivered a speech Tuesday to a roomful of community activists on the Upper East Side.

The incident occurred in the middle of Adams’ remarks at a breakfast hosted by the Association for a Better New York and ended with a security detail pushing protesters off the stage and escorting them from the venue.

The protesters strode to the stage, walked up the steps to the left of the mayor and, once on stage, began railing about Adams’ treatment of tenants in the city.

“When are you going to stand up for working New Yorkers?” one of them shouted as security pushed him out the door.

It’s not rare that demonstrators protest the mayor at events listed on his public schedule. What set Tuesday morning’s incident apart was how easily they got close to Adams.

The protesters did not have tickets to the event, according to representatives with the Association for a Better New York. A spokesman for Adams said they used counterfeit badges to gain entrance to the Park Avenue venue and that the incident is being looked into.


The venue had no metal detectors at the doors.

After the protesters rushed toward the mayor, a security team swooped into action, pushing the protesters down the steps and removing them from the venue.

It was not immediately clear exactly what security precautions had been in place or if anyone was arrested. An NYPD spokesperson said four people involved in the disruption have been taken into custody, but that charges are still pending.

During a press conference held later in the day, the mayor said there was no security breach.


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