Williams’ Statement On The Election Of Speaker Adrienne Adams

January 5th, 2022

Press Release

"Congratulations to Speaker Adrienne Adams on being officially selected to serve as the leader of the City Council. Achieving this position requires earning the trust of your colleagues in government and the people of the city. I know from our years of partnership that she will be a strong steward of both, advancing justice and equity in our city’s laws and systems.

"To finally have a Black Speaker, a Black woman, leading the body and setting the course for the Council and the City, is as powerful as it is overdue. It is important to have diverse leadership in which New Yorkers can see themselves, leadership ready to take on this moment; and in Speaker Adams, the Council will have a leader that meets both needs. This is a momentous day in the history of the body and of our city. To hear Speaker Adams’ voice in the chamber sends a powerful message, echoing from Southeast Queens to neighborhoods around the city, empowering the New Yorkers we represent and serve.

"Assuming leadership in a time of immense challenges requires courage, and it is critical that we simultaneously overcome new obstacles, ongoing issues, and longstanding systems that have perpetuated many problems that our city faces. I am confident that under Speaker Adams’ leadership, with unity and resolve, we can create transformational change, and I look forward to joining her in leading our city through recovery and renewal."

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