NY1’s Ruschell Boone is officially back after a months-long fight against pancreatic cancer and for her first interview she sat down with Mayor Eric Adams.

“Welcome back. I’m just so happy for you and your family. You’re just a solid, solid person,” Adams said to Boone, who he personally called amid her cancer treatment.

In recent days, Mayor Eric Adams has faced criticism over his inability to separate his faith from his duties as mayor.

What You Need To Know

  • Mayor Eric Adams sat down with NY1's Ruschell Boone on Monday to talk about top issues facing the city

  • Boone is back at the anchor desk after a months-long battle with pancreatic cancer

  • Adams attempted to clarify his comments on the separation of church and state

  • He also weighed in on the Chicago mayoral primary which saw incumbent Lori Lightfoot lose her re-election bid

On Monday he tried to clarify his comments, suggesting that he uses his faith when making policy decisions.

“We can’t have government go into churches and dictate churches. And we can’t have churches, mosques or synagogues go into government and dictate. But we should use our faith when we make policies. My humane policy on homelessness is based on my faith,” said Adams, as he attempted to clarify his stance.

But he instead went even further on prayer in schools.

“Our children are leaving home, stopping at the local cannabis store, taking gummy bears that are laced with drugs and sitting in the classrooms. We have young girls now going through how to get liposuction,” said the mayor, before calling on children to embrace religion.

“We have everything in schools that we’re talking about but we don’t want to talk about the faith of our children, that wholistic approach,” he added.

Adams and his administration have been unable to get a handle on the illegal weed stores. Recent raids on the stores have had little impact and now city officials hope to use the possibility of eviction to force the stores to stop selling cannabis illegally.

The mayor also discussed Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s loss in last week’s primary, suggesting that she didn’t focus on crime, a top issue for voters.

“This is a warning sign for those who are not listening to their constituents,” Adams said. “Who received the most number of votes in Chicago? The mayor who was talking about public safety. I ran on the issue of public safety and justice.”

The ex-NYPD captain was referring to the public safety message of Paul Vallas, the former CEO of Chicago Public Schools and lead vote-getter in last week’s election. Vallas faces teachers union organizer and police reformer Brandon Johnson in a runoff on April 4.

“I think that what happened in Chicago is a message for all over the country that people want to be safe,” added Adams.

Adams went on to make a broad statement about bail reform laws passed in recent years not protecting victims of crimes, though the law is much more complicated. The law passed in 2019 made some crimes bail eligible and others not and has since been tweaked a few times.