NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea joked that he “finally succeeded in uniting New Yorkers” when seven Democratic candidates in the 2021 mayoral race agreed that they’d oust him if elected.
During a lightning round of yes-or-no questions at the Tuesday mayoral forum, hosted on Zoom by the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, all seven participants replied that they would in fact “fire” Mayor Bill de Blasio’s current police commissioner.
“It’s good to see that I have finally succeeded in uniting New Yorkers, I guess,” Shea told PIX 11’s Dan Mannarino Wednesday. “I’m glad that they could come into agreement with that. Obviously I’m kidding, but that’s about as much thought as I give that, Dan.”
“The politics in this city is humorous at times, but I’ll leave it at that,” the commissioner said, later adding that he “did get a kick out of” an article about the candidates’ consensus.
When asked if he wants to remain commissioner beyond the 2021 mayoral election, Shea replied, “Oh, absolutely.”
“It’s hard to put into words what an honor holding this position is for the people of New York City, for the people — the men and women on this job past and present,” he said.
The forum included Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Obama cabinet member Shaun Donovan, former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, City Councilman Carlos Menchaca, nonprofit leader Dianne Morales, City Comptroller Scott Stringer and former de Blasio counsel Maya Wiley.
Democratic candidate Loree Sutton was excluded because the club’s leader believes she’s too conservative.
The candidates also readily agreed that they would neither seek nor accept de Blasio’s endorsement, with Stringer quipping that he’s the “least likely” to get it.