NEW YORK — Eric Adams, the previous police captain who campaigned on a message of public security, was elected New York Metropolis mayor Tuesday.
Adams will turn into New York’s second Black mayor and inherit a metropolis at a pivotal time in its economic recovery from the pandemic.
Adams, a Democrat, defeated longshot Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa after he narrowly won his party’s nomination in June during a crowded Democratic primary.
The Brooklyn borough president and former state senator will exchange the term-limited Mayor Invoice de Blasio in January.
Adams vowed Tuesday evening to take the town in a brand new route and make its authorities work for the poor, homeless and underserved.
“This isn’t about Eric Adams changing into mayor. That is about carving out a pathway so folks may benefit from the prosperity that this metropolis has to supply,” he stated from the stage of his victory occasion the place he was joined by Gov. Kathy Hochul.
Adams stated he would “construct bridges” between enterprise leaders and the inside metropolis, create jobs for New Yorkers and scale back crime whereas addressing its root causes.
“In 4 years, this metropolis isn’t going to be the identical. As soon as we transfer ahead, we’ll by no means return,” Adams stated.
Adams introduced a photograph of his late mom as he voted Tuesday in Brooklyn and mirrored on his working-class upbringing. Sliwa introduced one among his many cats and received right into a dispute with an election employee over whether or not he may convey the cat and his pink jacket emblazoned along with his identify contained in the polling location.
“If you take a look at all the opposite mayors who’ve come up from the place they got here up from, there is no such thing as a one like him. He’s distinctive,” Sid Davidoff, a fixture in New York Metropolis politics and adviser to former Mayor John Lindsay, advised USA TODAY in June.
Adams, 61, was born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens. Whereas a young person, he was crushed in police custody, which prompted his want to turn into a police officer.
Whereas within the New York Police Division, Adams had a status as vocal critic of discriminatory practices inside policing. He served as the top of the Grand Council of Guardians, a Black officers’ group, and fashioned 100 Blacks in Regulation Enforcement Who Care, which sought to battle racial profiling and police brutality whereas restoring belief amongst Black residents.
Adams’ stance on the police division has been extra reasonable than different Democrats within the metropolis. Whereas he helps trimming its price range and “civilianizing” sections that don’t must be staffed by officers, he additionally has backed the usage of stop-and-frisk in some instances and reviving a disbanded anti-gun job pressure.
He additionally stated he would appoint the primary lady to move the NYPD in metropolis historical past.
Past vowing to strengthen public security, Adams has stated he plans to make the town extra pleasant to companies. “We’ve been outlined as a business-enemy metropolis as an alternative of a business-friendly metropolis,” he stated in a September look on Bloomberg Radio.
He has additionally backed growing inexpensive housing choices and companies at hospitals to accommodate folks with psychological sickness experiencing homelessness.
To fight the pandemic, he stated he helps de Blasio’s vaccine mandate for city workers, together with cops, firefighters and EMTs. Nevertheless, in contrast to de Blasio, Adams has additionally stated he would require vaccines for college students if the Meals and Drug Administration offers full approval to a vaccine for kids.
Adams additionally helps the “gifted and proficient” program within the metropolis’s colleges, which de Blasio vowed to get rid of. This system requires a standardized take a look at for 4-year-olds, and critics say it heightens academic inequalities, with white and Asian college students making up a disproportionate share of its seats.
What’s subsequent for Mayor Invoice de Blasio?
When requested Monday evening throughout NY1’s “Inside Metropolis Corridor” about his future political aspirations, de Blasio hinted at a potential run for governor that has been rumored in current months.
“There’s a whole lot of modifications, a whole lot of issues that must be mounted in Albany. … However I am actually wanting ahead to entering into this larger dialogue about the place the state goes,” he stated.
Politico reported Saturday de Blasio had finalized a submitting with the state election board for a candidate committee to permit him to fundraise, although the varieties didn’t particular for what workplace. The committee is known as “New Yorkers for a Honest Future,” the report stated.
A variety of Democrats are reportedly taken with or have entered the race for governor after former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who sparred typically with de Blasio, resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment.
The crowded main may function Gov. Kathy Hochul and a variety of New York Metropolis natives, together with state Legal professional Normal Letitia James and the town’s Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.
Adams defeats longshot Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa
Sliwa, Adams’ opponent, didn’t stand a lot of an opportunity in a metropolis the place Democrats outnumber Republicans 7 to 1.
The Guardian Angels founder had described himself as a populist and sought to painting a “David versus Goliath” picture in opposition to Adams.
Earlier than operating for mayor, Sliwa was well-known in New York for his media antics and stunts, together with faking crimes to fight for his Guardian Angels.
Sliwa opposed vaccine mandates and shutting the Rikers Island jail advanced. He additionally stated he supported reversing police price range cuts and decreasing the variety of bike lanes within the metropolis.
Conceding the race to Adams, Sliwa stated he was providing friendship and solidarity to the brand new mayor.
“He is gonna want it. He is gonna want all of the help he can get due to what Invoice de Blasio is abandoning,” Sliwa stated, getting in a dig on the outgoing mayor.
First Black Manhattan DA elected, will oversee Trump investigations
Former federal prosecutor Alvin Bragg was elected district lawyer in Manhattan on Tuesday, changing into the primary Black individual to win the workplace.
Bragg, additionally a civil rights lawyer, will now oversee the workplace’s numerous prosecutions and investigations tied to former President Donald Trump and his enterprise.
Trump stays below investigation by the workplace over a battle to acquire his tax returns, whereas former Trump Organization finance chief Allen Weisselberg is dealing with tax evasion prices.
Bragg will take over for the longtime district lawyer Cyrus Vance, Jr., who’s retiring. Vance prosecuted the disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein for rape.
Contributing: The Related Press