Yet he crosses the city with NYPD security personnel, and he lives on a US military base where he enjoys free, around-the-clock security.
The racial justice champion lives just off General Lee Avenue, named after the Confederate military leader turned target of cancel-culture warriors, on the Fort Hamilton US Army Garrison in Brooklyn.
Whoever takes a step in the station must go through security checkpoints and submit to a background check, a demand that led to the detainment of an illegal immigrant who was trying to deliver a pizza in 2018. Even so, Williams has advocated for “stopping ICE” from enforcing the country’s immigration laws.
Why does Williams live on the base when so much of what it represents contradicts his views? The answer, according to a rep, is housing costs: Fort Hamilton offers relatively cheap housing to a sliver of in-the-know civilians.
“When he needed a new home for his family in 2019, they chose a publicly-available unit in Fort Hamilton not because of its position on a base but because it offered the best unit for his family’s price point and criteria,” the rep for Williams, whose taxpayer-funded salary is $183,801, told The Post in a statement.
Williams, his lobbyist wife, and stepdaughter keep a corner townhouse on the base with an expansive backyard and water views of the Verrazano Narrows for about $4,000 a month.
Similar homes on surrounding public streets rent for closer to $5,800 a month. There are 228 homes on the garrison and 15 percent are occupied by civilians who have to join a waitlist to move in. Beyond Williams, other famous New Yorkers like local judges and doctors live on the base.
The sweetheart real estate deals are technically open to civilians, but still strange to most New Yorkers.
“These aren’t apartments listed on Zillow. It’s essentially a gated community with stunning waterfront views protected by tanks and soldiers with M16s,” said an area official with knowledge of the housing process.
In addition to living in possibly the most protected section of the five boroughs, Williams and his family enjoy free parking, entrance to a large swimming pool, playgrounds, a bowling center, Burger King, Einstein Bagels, Subway, dry cleaners, a gas station, a barbershop offering $14 hair cuts, and a US Post Office. The suburban trappings are intermingled with military hardware from historic cannons, WWII artillery and modern Humvees.
Williams backed his choice to live on the base despite his opinions.