Presidential pals! Beep befriends new NYU prez at Boro Hall welcome gala

Presidential pals! Beep befriends new NYU prez at Boro Hall welcome gala
Photo by Caleb Caldwell

These chiefs hailed to each other!

Borough President Adams welcomed New York University’s new president Andrew Hamilton to Kings County with a reception at Borough Hall on Oct. 7 — signaling the start of what is sure to be a beautiful friendship, according to a rep for the Beep.

“Borough President Adams and president Hamilton have built an early and strong rapport,” said spokesman Stefan Ringel.

Hamilton moved to his new post as the head of the sprawling university — which houses its Tandon School of Engineering on Jay Street Downtown — from his position as the vice chancellor at England’s famed Oxford University, where he served from 2009.

Ant the Brit hasn’t forgotten his roots — he used the welcome ceremony as an opportunity to gently rib locals about his home country’s decisive victory over the U.S. in the Battle of Brooklyn, although the Continental Army ultimately won the Revolutionary War.

“He jokingly talked about Britain’s victory over America in the Battle of Brooklyn, but he said ‘We may have won the battle but you won the war,’ ” said Ringel.

Borough Hall already has a strong relationship with the university’s Downtown engineering school and regularly helps with its projects, such as the Urban Future Lab, a hub for researching smart grids and clean energy, according to Ringel.

And at least one team from the school has entered the Beep’s contest to create a better smart gun, where colleges can score a $1 million prize if they come up with the most innovative design, he said.

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Buddies in the making: Borough President Adams and and Hamilton are already on the way to becoming fast friends, according to a Borough Hall spokesman.
Photo by Caleb Caldwell