Mayor-elect Adams Expected to Announce Today his Deputy Mayors: Many or All of Whom will be Women

Mayor-elect Adams Expected to Announce Today his Deputy Mayors: Many or All of Whom will be Women

By Yehudit Garmaise

Mayor-elect Eric Adams is expected today to introduce as many as five of his deputy mayors, who will serve as the core of his administrative team, and most, if not all, of the appointees will be women, reported 1010 WINS.

Part of the reason Adams might be choosing so many women to serve in his administration is that he said he ranked “emotional intelligence,” which stereotypically women have more than men, as a credential that is as important as work experiences and educational accomplishments to secure great jobs.

“No one understands the impact of just being emotionally intelligent and really understanding the compassion of people and what they’re going through,” Adams told the New York Times. “If you don’t empathize with [people], you will never give them the services they need.”

When Adams announced other, male picks, such as David Banks, who will be serving as chancellor of the city’s Department of Education, and Louis Molina, who is to oversee what some call New York City’s jail system, the NYC’s mayor-elect also hailed their “emotional intelligence,” which he said would “gird them for the battles ahead.”

Emotional intelligence is “the ability to accurately perceive your own and others’ emotions; to understand the signals that emotions send about relationships; and to manage your own and others’ emotions,” said John D. Mayer, a professor of psychology at the University of New Hampshire, whose work with psychologist Peter Salovey, the president of Yale University, created the phrase.

In 1995, psychologist Daniel Goleman expanded the concept in a book called, “Emotional Intelligence,” that argued that “emotional intelligence may be the best predictor of success in life.”

Adams who sees emotional intelligence as his No. 1 predictor of excellence said when he appointed Banks as the commissioner of the DOE, “Don’t tell me about your Ivy League degrees.

“Don’t tell me about where you went to school and how important you think you are. Don’t tell me about what you are going to do because of your philosophical theories on understanding children.

“I don’t want to hear about your academic intelligence. I want to know about your emotional intelligence.

“My criteria for those who are coming into my office is that they must be able to manage their emotions, manage how they handle themselves, and be able to interact with the very difficult environments that they are about to encounter,” Mr. Adams said.

Adams’ announcement about his deputy mayors comes less than a week after he introduced Keechant Sewell who will be serving as the NYPD’s commissioner on Jan. 1.

Sewell, who for years has served as on the Nassau County Police Department since 1997 and as that department’s Chief of Detectives since September 2020, will now serve as the first female police commissioner in the NYPD’s 176-year history.

In addition, the City Council will also be led by a female speaker, Council Member Adrienne Adams of Queens, and for the first time, the majority of Council members will be women.

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