‘Failure to respond’? Williams, council members grill Adams admin over response to apocalyptic smoke last month


Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and several City Council members on Wednesday excoriated officials from Mayor Eric Adams’ administration saying that they failed to adequately respond to smoke from Canadian wildfires that engulfed the five boroughs last month.

During a July 12 council hearing examining City Hall’s handling of last month’s event, Williams and other lawmakers charged that the administration was too slow to communicate to the public about the dangers of breathing potentially hazardous air. The hearing followed a torrent of criticism surrounding the administration over the speed of its response to the thick smoky air that blanketed the city.