TOPEKA (KSNT) – The City of Topeka gave a response to New York City Mayor Eric Adams after he singled out the Capital City in a speech on Tuesday.
The City of Topeka took to Twitter where they released a video showing off the best of the Kansas capital on Wednesday, March 1.
“You think you know, Topeka, @NYCMayor? Think again! #TopekaProud“City of Topeka tweet
Topeka Mayor Mike Padilla also weighed-in on the situation.
“This is the second time the Mayor of New York City has minimized the people of Kansas in public remarks, this time with a direct mention of Topeka,” Padilla said. “The comments made by the Mayor at a Prayer Breakfast, are concerning and unprofessional, and there is no need to repeat what was said. He could make his points without trying to diminish our great city, and I wish he would. As Topeka’s Mayor, and as a lifelong member of this community, I am so proud of who we are, and what we stand for.”
Padilla went on to say that Topeka is a vibrant and diverse community that takes great pride in its landmarks such as the Brown v. Board of Education historic site and the world-famous Menniger Clinic.
“One of the best lessons I’ve learned in my tenure as Mayor – is the value of humility,” Padilla said. “I’ve personally visited New York City on numerous occasions, and have always spoken highly of New Yorkers – never stooping to assumptions or stereotypes. I’d invite the mayor of New York to get to know our beautiful city and its people before casting judgement on a community he seems to know little about.”
This was in response to comments that Adams made during an Interfaith Breakfast on Feb. 28.
“You do not take this journey on your own. I strongly believe in all my heart, God said, ‘I’m going to take the most broken person and I’m going to elevate him to the place of being the mayor of the most powerful city on the globe.’ He could have made me the mayor of Topeka, Kansas. He could have made me the mayor of some small town or village somewhere.”NYC Mayor Eric Adams
A full transcript of Adams’ speech, along with video, can be seen by clicking here.
This isn’t the first time Adams has taken aim at the Sunflower State. In September 2022, he claimed that “Kansas doesn’t have a brand.”