Olivia Land, New York Post, June 29, 2023
Mayor Eric Adams compared a white woman to a plantation owner Wednesday — when she complained at a public event about rent increases in the Big Apple.
The showdown took place at a community conversation event Adams hosted at Gregorio Luperon High School for Science and Mathematics in Washington Heights.
In footage from the meeting, Adams can be heard asking the woman to stand up after she interrupts him to call out that he “raised the rent.”
“I’m the mayor of this city and treat me with the respect that would deserve to be treated,” Adams admonished.
“Don’t stand in front like you treated someone that’s on the plantation that you own.”
That woman was identified at Jeanie Dubnau, an assistant professor of biology at Rutgers University who has lived in the city for over 50 years.
Adams’ administration came under fire last week when the Rent Guidelines Board voted to allow rent hikes of up to 6 percent on the Big Apple’s one million rent-stabilized apartments.
After Adams insisted that he “does not control the [Rent Guidelines Board,” the woman continued her rant into a microphone.
Adams, however, was not having the constituent’s attitude.
“First, if you’re going to ask a question, don’t point at me, and don’t be disrespectful to me,” he said calmly.
New Yorkers took to social media to share their thoughts on the brief confrontation.
“Good on my Mayor. This isn’t 1950’s Alabama. It’s New York City in 2023 and you don’t cop an attitude like that with a prominent Black man,” one city resident tweeted.