Eric Adams, former police officer, wins New York City mayoral race | New York

Former police officer Eric Adams will be the next mayor of New York City after the Democrat defeated Curtis Sliwa in Tuesday’s election.

Adams was on track to easily beat Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels, by a 73% to 22% lead after more than a fifth of the expected votes were counted.

Adams will now take charge of the largest city in the United States in January, where he will face recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 34,500 New Yorkers.

Adams, 61, will be only the second black person to be elected mayor of New York, after David Dinkins, who led the city from 1990 to 1993. Adams, who defeated several progressive candidates in the Democratic primary, has vowed to reduce government inefficiency and made public safety a central part of his campaign.

After winning a controversial primary election, Adams was always the favorite to defeat Sliwa, a Republican, in a city where Democrats outnumber Republicans seven-one. He will replace Bill de Blasio, a fellow Democrat who is limited to two terms as mayor, in January.

Adams was born in Brownsville, Brooklyn, in 1960 and spoke during the campaign about his poor upbringing. He decided to join the New York Police Department in an attempt to change the force from within, Adams said, after being beaten by officers when he was 15 years old.

He joined the police in 1984 and became captain before traveling in 2006 to run – successfully – for the state Senate. During his time in the state legislature, he was criticized by the New York Inspector General for his role in trying to bring a casino to a racetrack in Queens, New York City. Adams had accepted campaign contributions from a politically affiliated group bidding on the gambling franchise.

In 2013, Adams was elected president of Brooklyn Borough, a power-light position that mainly involves campaigning for the borough, but one that also boosted Adams’ profile when he weighed in as mayoral candidate.

Adams followed Andrew Yang, a presidential candidate in 2020, in the early months of the Democratic primary, but came through New York’s ranked election ballot to decide Kathryn Garcia, a former New York City health commissioner, in July.

His campaign raised eyebrows over the summer when Adams was forced to answer questions about whether he actually lives in the city he offered to lead, as he owns a home in New Jersey and was rarely seen at the Brooklyn address. , where he claims to live. Adams has insisted he lives in New York City.

Sliwa, a talk radio host best known for founding the Guardian Angels, a voluntary crime prevention group, in the 1970s, proved to be a charismatic, if ultimately flawed candidate.

He had been a regular presence on the streets of New York City, often standing on top of a car-drawn float and spreading his message through a microphone and speaker. Sliwa wore his red beret throughout the campaign, including during the mayoral debates, but struggled to get much attention in a race where Adams had long been the supposed winner.

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