Where there's Wills, there's a way
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Council Speaker Corey Johnson delivers remarks at the swearing-in ceremony for new council member Adrienne Adams (second from right). (Photo: John McCarten/City Council)
Council Speaker Corey Johnson delivers remarks at the swearing-in ceremony for new council member Adrienne Adams (second from right). (Photo: John McCarten/City Council)
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When God closes one door, he opens another...sometimes for somebody else.

The corruption conviction of former councilman Ruben Wills opened up a spot on the City Council for a new face, and jumping at the opportunity to fill that spot was former Community Board 12 chairwoman Adrienne Adams.

Adams was sworn in to her new post at a ceremony at York College on Sunday afternoon. She is the first woman to represent District 28, which includes the neighborhoods of Jamaica, Rochdale Village, Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park.

Wills was busted in 2014 for taking over $33,000 in government money and spending it on himself, including pricey shopping trips to Nordstrom and Century 21 that included the purchase of a $750 Louis Vuitton bag.

We're going to need to see this bag, Mr. Wills.

The money came from another corrupt politician, former state senator Shirley Huntley, who steered a government grant to Wills, presumably for his nonprofit New York 4 Life, which had the stated goal of combatting childhood obesity, helping single parents and revitalizing neighborhoods.

The sham charity did host one event that cost $14,000, but Wills pocketed the rest of the money.

The following year, he was charged with failing to disclose outside income by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Those charges are still pending.

In the first case, Wills was sentenced to two to six years in prison back in August.

But hey, that doesn't have anything to do with Adrienne Adams, this is her day! And joining her in the momentous and historic occasion was the new speaker of the City Council, Corey Johnson.

And while we're sure Johnson had some wonderful and positive things to say about Adams, the proof is in his actions, namely, did he give her any responsibilities.

Despite the fact that Adams is wet behind the ears in the City Council, she did get appointed to head the Land Use Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses, a pretty high-profile gig in historic preservation circles, which is a pretty active group.

And don't forget the juicy stipend that comes with it. And while she won't be heading up any other committees, she did get a seat on some other choice committees, including Finance, Economic Development, and Land Use, and is a member of the Budget Negotiating Team.

Not bad! We guess Johnson's cameo at her inauguration wasn't just a photo op.
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