Former black police captain Eric Adams wins NYC municipal election

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Democrat Eric Adams won the New York mayoral race on Tuesday by promising to strengthen public safety and give a voice to working-class residents, drawing on his experience as a police captain and as a than a black man who suffered police violence in his youth.

Adams, Brooklyn borough president since 2014, was named the winner by The Associated Press. He would become the city’s second black mayor after defeating Republican Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angel Civil Patrol.

Adams, 61, succeeds Democrat Bill de Blasio in January, whose term was limited after eight years in power.

Adams will be tasked with overseeing the nascent recovery of America’s largest city from the coronavirus pandemic, as well as dealing with wealth inequalities, a lack of affordable housing and struggling public schools.

He was expected to win hands down in the predominantly Democratic city.

His victory could give Democrats under President Joe Biden some clue as to where voters are going as the party struggles to maintain a fragile alliance between progressives and centrists in Washington.

Adams prevailed in the party’s primary elections with a coalition that resembled, in some ways, the voters who helped elevate Biden to the Democratic nomination in 2020, particularly his support among more moderate black voters.

Progressives fear Adams is speaking too much to the real estate industry, a powerful lobby that has generously contributed to his campaign.

Just in the “streets” not in the “tweets”

Adams was quick to suggest his triumph could serve as a model for National Democrats. He has dismissed criticisms of his program on the left that he says do not speak for mainstream Democrats.

“I’m saying it’s time for us to stop believing that we should have the right tweets. We should have the right safe streets,” Adams told CNN after winning the party nomination in July.

Presenting himself as a New York “blue collar”, he said working-class Democrats had been ignored by the more liberal wing of the party.

Perhaps no issue has animated Democrats more in the past year than police, after the 2020 police murder of George Floyd, a black man, in Minneapolis sparked months of protests. Across the country.

But an increase in crime has prompted mayoral candidates across the country to demand more investment in policing, not less, as public safety has become the top concern of many voters.

Adams argued that the city cannot achieve a full economic recovery without tackling violent crime. He outright rejected the “defund the police” movement as a product of left-wing activists.

Instead, he sought to strike a balance between calling for more aggressive policing and the promise of reforms, including more diversity in the department’s senior ranks.

His personal story helped lend credence to his words. Adams spoke of being beaten up by police as a teenager.

While a member of the New York City Police Department, Adams earned a reputation as an activist after co-founding 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, an advocacy group that spoke out against police brutality.

Adams, who has won key union support, is seen as pro-worker. He also said he will work to connect more low-income residents to municipal services they are entitled to but do not use.

Adams, who admitted to having an eye on City Hall for decades, has at times been accused of changing his personality for political reasons.

He moved into the Republican Party for several years before running for the State Senate as a Democrat, and he described himself as both a progressive and a moderate.

(REUTERS)

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