Now it’s a tale of two mayors.
Mayor Bill de Blasio repeatedly ducked questions Thursday about a Black Lives Matter leader’s threat of “riots,” “fire” and “bloodshed” on city streets if his successor Eric Adams makes good on his campaign promise to reinstate the NYPD’s anti-gun unit — as the incoming mayor stood firm.
De Blasio’s press secretary Danielle Filson blocked a Post reporter’s attempts to ask the mayor about New York BLM co-founder Hawk Newsome’s inflammatory remarks as Hizzoner marched in the Veterans Day parade up Fifth Avenue.
Filson first said it wasn’t the right time to ask the question, then declined to provide a comment from the mayor after the event.
In contrast, Brooklyn Borough President Adams made it clear to the BLM leader and his acolytes that he won’t back down on fighting crime.
“This is what I’m going to do. That was my promise and I’m going to keep it,” he said Thursday of the the return of plainclothes officers to get guns off the streets.
Adams also derided Newsome’s talk of violence as “silly,” adding, “I think New Yorkers should not allow rhetoric like that.”
“This city is not going to be a city of riots, it’s not going to be a city of burning,” the soon-to-be mayor vowed.
De Blasio, meanwhile, was heckled by parade watchers as he marched. Many decrying him as soft on crime.
“Boo!” screamed Jill Krause, 60, who described de Blasio as “an awful, corrupt man.”
“He has destroyed this city. However, New Yorkers are survivors, praise God,” she said.
“De Blasio, stop throwing police under the bus. Treat them right,” yelled another detractor who gave his first name as Raif.
Newsome, who met with the mayor-elect at his Brooklyn Borough Hall office Wednesday, later told The Post he never sat down with de Blasio because the current mayor is a “buffoon.”
Filson referred The Post to remarks de Blasio made last week about Adams’ intention to reinvent the NYPD’s anti-crime unit that targeted gangs and guns but was involved in a number of high-profile police killings including the death of Eric Garner.
“I think it was good policy,” de Blasio said during a crime statistic briefing about his decision to disband the unit following protests sparked by the death of George Floyd. “But I also respect that the mayor-elect has a vision, and I think it’s a well-informed vision and I’m sure he will do it in a way that he believes in.”
Adams’ plan to remake the unit is what sparked Newsome to deploy the heated rhetoric.
“If they think they are going back to the old ways of policing then we’re going to take to the streets again,” Newsome warned outside Borough Hall Wednesday after meeting Adams.
“There will be riots. There will be fire, and there will be bloodshed,” he threatened.