Democratic mayoral nominee Eric Adams is taking advice from a former NYPD chief who once said he’d plead the Fifth Amendment in a corruption trial — and whose brother is now a top contender to become Adams’ schools chancellor if he’s elected.
Former NYPD Chief of Department Philip Banks is one of several former cops advising Adams when it comes to public safety, three sources confirmed.
And Banks’ brother, David Banks, the president of the Eagle Academy Foundation, is in the mix with Adams as well, but in a slightly different respect.
He’s being eyed as someone who could helm the city’s Department of Education in an Adams’ administration, according to two sources familiar with Adams’ expected transition.
According to one of those sources, Banks is a virtual shoo-in for the job.
“I would be shocked if there were other candidates who came out ahead of him,” the source said. “They go way, way back.”
When asked about Philip Banks’s role as an advisor, Adams’ campaign spokesman Evan Thies said he “is one of a number of policing experts who have offered their institutional knowledge of the department, including former Commissioner Bratton and other former chiefs of department.”
Adams himself also backed up his choice of Philip as an advisor when it comes to the NYPD
“I’m relying on everyone with experience in law enforcement. I’m not excluding anyone to keep my city safe,” he said Thursday. “Everyone who has served, everyone from police officers to former heads, I’m relying on.”