Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams rubbed shoulders with reputed Gambino mobster and Carroll Gardens restaurateur Joseph Chirico to announce an exhibition of St. Francis of Assisi manuscripts and artifacts at Borough Hall which opens on December 17 as reported by Doyle Murphy for the Daily News.
Although Chirico has a prior money laundering convicting involving organized crime Adams apologist spokesman Stefan Ringel said the Boro President "has been a champion of re-entry programs for offenders and second chances," and "he would be a hypocrite if he excluded those individuals who have paid their debt to society and are seeking to do positive community work going forward."
Of course, Eric Adams, a former state senator and NYPD police captain, has euphemistically defended ticket-fixing among cops as "professional courtesies" which do "not amount to corruption" as reported by Al Baker and Joseph Goldstein for The New York Times.
Apparently Adams fancies himself a very important person, and the politician "has a fleet of eight city taxpayer-funded cars to drive him and his posse to events" as reported by Reuven Blau for the Daily News: "'wow, that sounds excessive and a bit self-indulgent,' said Dick Dadey, executive director of the Citizens Union, a budget watchdog group."
The prez is a putz.