“This campaign was for the person cleaning the bathrooms and the dishwasher in the kitchen who feels they are already at the end of their journey,” Adams said in a victory speech after taking the stage at 1 p.m. 22.00. “My mother cleaned houses. I washed up. I was beaten by the police and put in a jail cell, sure my future was already decided. And now I want to be in charge of that area. And all the other areas of New York City. . “
He also made a point of speaking warmly about the city’s financial sector’s role in a departure from the anti-corporate stance Mayor Bill de Blasio took office eight years ago.
And in a thinly veiled critique of the Blasio who supported Adams in the race, the elected mayor promised radical changes when he takes office in two months.
“This campaign was for those who have been betrayed by their government,” he said. “There is a pact between the government and the people of our city. You pay your taxes, we deliver your tax dollars in goods and services. We have failed to deliver these goods and services. January 1st that stops.”
With him on stage at the Downtown Brooklyn Marriott were some of his earliest supporters, including outgoing city council members Ydanis Rodriguez and Laurie Cumbo, state senator Diane Savino and Hasidic rabbi Moishe Indig.
And he also welcomed Gov. Kathy Hochul to the microphone in a show of unity between a mayor and governor of New York who was absent during the dual tenure of de Blasio and Hochul’s predecessor, Andrew Cuomo.
After his remarks, Adams ran off to one of his favorite places the slender club Zero Bond in Soho, for members only, where he partyed with his son Jordan and rapper Ja Rule, actor Forest Whitaker and Madison Square Gardens’ James Dolan, according to a New York Post reporter on the spot.
Earlier in the day, the elected mayor, after casting his vote in Brooklyn, cried with a framed photograph of his late mother Dorothy, who died in April at the age of 83.
He has described his victory as a victory for moderate Democrats across the country – a message that quickly gave him a visit to the White House and loved him among those frustrated by the growing left-wing movement in the party.
As of midnight, Adams had a 39 percent lead over Sliwa.
His team has in recent days tried to avoid comparisons with de Blasio’s victory of 49 points in 2013 – and points to a volatile debate that unfolded during the last weeks of the race for the incumbent mayor’s mandate that each of the 378,000 municipal workers were to be vaccinated against pandemic. They also noted that no colored mayoral candidate had ever surpassed 51 percent of the vote.
On Tuesday morning, 92 per cent had of the municipal workforce had received the shot, but a vociferous minority opposed to the demand has taken to the streets and protested against the regulation – the anger Sliwa has exploited in the dwindling days of the campaign.
Adams – a proud former police captain who was briefly registered as a Republican – has tried in vain to avoid controversy altogether, saying he will not guess de Blasio while still in office in a life-and-death case. But he has not been able to escape it, as journalists and residents he encountered during campaign events have repeatedly asked how he would discipline employees who refuse the vaccine.
Sliwa had no such scruples and promised a ticker-tape parade for the unvaccinated city workers, mocking Adams as “de Blasio 2.0.”
Rockaway Beach resident Jonarya Siederman, 55, cited the vaccine mandate in her support of Sliwa.
“I feel it has taken away our freedom of choice,” she said. “I have been vaccinated, but I do not believe that people should be forced.”
Sliwa said he would be an ally of Adams during his concession speech – despite noting that the Democrat would not take his call.
“I promise my support for the new mayor, Eric Adams, because we are all going to merge in harmony and solidarity if we are to save this city that we love,” Sliwa told supporters at the Empire Steak House in Manhattan. “We need to disregard our political and ideological differences and do what’s best for all New York City residents.”
Adams won overwhelmingly black and Latino voters in both the crowded Democratic primary and parliamentary elections, based on early return. He also appealed to moderate Democrats, who seemed preoccupied with his shameless promise to empower the NYPD to fight the rise in shootings – albeit with a reformed approach.
In fact, just hours before voters hit the polls on election day, a 37-year-old woman was shot in the eye through the peephole on her door in a Manhattan public housing complex, underscoring Adams’ campaign message.
“I started living in Manhattan since ’73. I feel like we’ve come back to it,” said Reja Sabet, who voted for Adam on Tuesday on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. “We want a moderate, but we also want someone to clean up the crime. ”
Adams spent the early part of the parliamentary election avoiding Sliwa, whom he has readily called a “hassle,” while targeting Democrats on the far left who did not support him in the primary election.
During a collection in July, he said he “ran against a movement” and said the Democratic Socialists in America sought to block his victory.
Maya Wiley, who emerged as the far-left candidate in the June primary, never supported Adams, and so did one of the movement’s biggest stars, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, neither. (Wiley tweeted that she voted for him, and her reluctance to support him after the primary election was also motivated by personal reluctance between the two, several involved in the race have said.)
The voters Wiley represented were turned down by Adams’ 22-year history as a police officer and his embracing corporate America.
“[I was] not so excited, but I never think it has been the best field, unfortunately, ”said Katie Talay, a five-year-old Astoria resident. She said she wants the police budget reduced and was concerned about Adams’ stance on public safety.
“I hope we get a good city council president to keep him in check and that we do not have a Republican officer as mayor. It just looks like what we have right now,” said Talay, who voted for Wiley as its first choice in the democratic primary election.
Adams also did not get support from the left-leaning Working Families Party, which supported Wiley in the primary election after its first two favorite candidates faced insurmountable problems.
Asked on Monday about the party’s reluctance to support him, Adams pointed to union leaders leaking out of a rally they had just held for him in City Hall Park. “I pay tribute to the people who support me, and you know it’s solid, solid workers, and it’s my base.”
Working Families Party spokesman Ravi Mangla said the organization chose to exclude the mayor’s race so it could focus on other choices instead.
“We look forward to having a dialogue and finding out where we have some common ground, but that was not the reason for the lack of approval,” Mangla said.
Adams locked arms during the campaign with two progressive Democrats appearing on the ballot Tuesday, Brad Lander, the city’s next inspector, and Jumaane Williams, who was re-elected as a public defender.
Adams also met in recent weeks with more ordinary Liberal Democrats, as election results show, Kathryn Garcias, de Blasio’s former health commissioner, supported the first-time candidacy in large numbers.
But his frustration at having to explain himself to self-proclaimed progressives was palpable throughout the race, highlighting the tension between older blacks and Latino voters and a youth-driven movement that claims to speak for these communities.
Adams will now officially begin the transition process that has been takes place in secret out of the offices of his close friend, fundraiser and lawyer, Frank Carone.
He said meetings with potential city employees will begin on Wednesday, ahead of his inauguration on January 1st.
When he joins, he will face a host of challenges: a growing crisis on Rikers Island, widespread business closures and persistent homelessness.
But on Tuesday, he kept his remarks to his biography and the broad themes of his campaign.
“Covid has ruined us,” he said after voting. “We’re just here in a city that’s a very dark place, and that’s why I say to New Yorkers, let’s just [take] advice from the educated woman in third grade, I call mom: ‘You’re in a dark place, but it’s not a funeral, it’s a plantation.’ We survive, New York. “
Janaki Chadha and Danielle Muoio contributed to this report.