On Thursday, May 9th, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams kicked off his race for City Hall and for the office of Mayor. Surrounded by a team of supporters, a hefty crowd gathered at the Balboa Restaurant. Adams laid out the goals of his campaign, and his vision for improving the city. New York’s diverse population was represented and will have numerous reasons for supporting his fundraising.
His brief comments emphasized that he is the only mayoral candidate who represents a real concrete change from the status quo. Adams spoke of the cultural diversity in the city, which is one of its major resources. His campaign will be built on the inclusiveness that characterized his tenure as Borough President, where all constituencies – Asians, Eastern Europeans, Muslims, Hasidim, and Caribbeans were respected and involved.
These communities realize that African Americans and Latinos are not the only groups excluded from the political and economic arena.
A former New York Police Department captain, Adams spoke of his 14-years of night school, and obtaining his Master’s degree while working full time during the day. He co-founded 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care. His law enforcement background, stop the violence rallies, and support for criminal justice reform will be a theme of the campaign,
From 2006 to 2013 Mr. Adams represented the Borough Park, Flatbush, Crown Heights, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Sunset Park, and Windsor Terrace neighborhoods in the 20th senatorial districts. Adams said “Our cities are like miniature Titanics where people move around on deck chairs…too pretty to get dirty. I am the only person running for mayor who has been part of the change in an institution, and ready to get in the hole and make changes.” He cited statistics showing the decrease in violent crimes over the past 25 years.
The City & State New York website reports that Mr. Adam’s campaign raised $915,000 in the first six months of 2018, more than his chief rivals in the silent primary for mayor, Bronx Borough President Ruben Jr. and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer.
To learn more about New York’s possible next mayor, and his campaign, go to website: www.ericadams2021.com.