As an ex-police officer is all set to take the oath as the new mayor of the city, the leader of a NYC police union expressed “optimism” about the future of the city.

At around 12:01 a.m., at the start of the year, Eric Adams, who had been elected last year, took over for the term-limited Bill de Blasio, who had been a thorn in the side of Patrick Lynch.

Lynch, speaking with Fox News Digital’s Jennifer Golotko in Times Square, was positive about the upcoming Adams administration, according to the broadcaster.

“We have a new year coming ahead of us,” Lynch said. “We’re optimistic about a new mayor, a new police commissioner, a new department – that we can take this city back, make it better and hopefully healthier for everyone. Happy new year.”

As a result of the disruptive riots and rioting that followed the killing of George Floyd in 2020, as well as an increase in street crime as the social impacts of coronavirus limitations started to take its toll, Adams campaigned on a mostly anti-crime platform in November 2020.

BLM activists and others were given a warning by Adams in the first week of December, in case they intended to hold any more disruptive demonstrations in the city that week.

“Not in my city,” Adams told the public at an event. “We’re not going to surrender to those who are saying, ‘We’re going to burn down New York.’”

Adams, in an op-ed piece published in November, argued that “stop and frisk” was an excellent programme but had been used poorly. He said that it was worthwhile to revive if it was utilised in a more equitable manner.

“In fact, as American courts have affirmed over many years, stop, question and frisk is a perfectly legal, appropriate and constitutional tool, when used smartly, as opposed to indiscriminately against hundreds of thousands of young Black and Brown men, as it was for years in New York City,” Adams told New York Daily News. “Not only that, but it is a necessary tool, whereby police approach someone who fits a witness description or otherwise appears to be carrying an illegal weapon.”

According to an interview on “Fox News Sunday” in December, de Blasio stated that the city had grown far safer during his administration — despite the fact that NYPD statistics indicated an increase in homicides over the previous two years, according to the mayor.