Eric Adams will be the next mayor of New York City.
The Democrat won Tuesday night to victory over Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa in a race that the Associated Press called just 11 minutes after polling stations closed at 6 p.m.
Adams had 73 percent of the vote, while Sliwa had only 22 percent, according to returns from the election board with 34 percent of the districts reporting.
On January 1, the former police officer, former state senator and current president of Brooklyn will take over the reins of a Big Apple faced with a sharp rise in violent crime that still shakes the effects of more than a year of COVID-19 shutdowns.
Adams – who rose from poverty, was beaten by the police and then joined the NYPD, became a reformer, and beat Guardian Angels founder and ex-radio host Curtis Sliwa, election results show.
Sliwa admitted the race around 9.45pm.
The 61-year-old Adams will only be the second black mayor in the city’s history when he is sworn in on New Year’s Day as successor to Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was given a time limit after eight years in office.
Adams cast his ballot at his Bedford-Stuyvesant polling station Tuesday morning while holding a picture of his late mother Dorothy Adams. After voting, Adams was emotional and paused several times to wipe away the tears as he paid tribute to his recently deceased mother.
“The city has left people like my mother, so I hope people exercise their right to say we do not want to be left anymore,” he told reporters there.
When Adams takes office, he will be tasked with managing the city’s $ 99 billion budget, $ 300,000 workforce, educating nearly 1 million children in public schools, and tackling a fatal increase in shootings.
Adams dominated the parliamentary election, but narrowly defeated his Democratic rivals – former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, from top executive Blasio assistant Maya Wiley and entrepreneur Andrew Yang – in a crowded primary with a hard-on-crime platform and overwhelming work support – and middle-class black and Latino voters across the five boroughs.
The Democratic Party’s massive advantages in terms of voter registration and turnout meant that it was also tough on crime, but political novice Sliwa spent the entire race trying to lure Adams to gaffs and political mistakes, a strategy that the veteran politician thwarted for the most part. to ignore the provocations of his GOP rival.
Adams has vowed to turn around several of Blasio’s failed police and school initiatives.
He said he would revive the NYPD’s plainclothes anti-crime unit tasked with arresting firearms; fine-tune the Gifted and Talented program for elementary school students that Hizzoner proposed to dismantle and integrate into regular classrooms; and make City Hall more business-friendly than it was under his predecessor.
He has also promised a repression of quality of life nuisances such as illegal motorcycles and graffiti, while punishing “insulting” officers within 90 days of their violations.
“It’s about bringing a sense of protection back to our city and not the disorder we feel at this point,” Adams told 1010-WINS in a radio interview on election morning, when voters went to the polls.
“We will go after the violent crimes we are witnessing, especially the proliferation of small arms,” he added. “I’m going to set up an anti-gun unit, in civilian clothes, and we’ll make precision police and go after the gangs and gun users.”
However, Adams has also promised to support some of the Blasio initiatives on public health and for young children – especially his kindergarten and ‘3K’ programs for children; and Hizzoner’s coronavirus vaccination mandate for municipal staff and the vaccine passport program for indoor eating, sucking and entertainment.
Experts have credited the jab claims of pushing the city’s vaccination rate to 86.3 percent of adults with at least one shot, while civilian libertarians have rejected mandates.
Adams’ victory Tuesday night is a stunning achievement for the self-described “blue-collar” politician who has lived a messy life befitting a classic New York novel.
He was born in Brooklyn’s Brownsville and raised by a single mother in South Jamaica, Queens. When he was 15, Adams and his brother were brutally beaten by NYPD officers inside the 103rd Precincts station building.
The incident partly spurred an urge to push for NYPD reforms during his 22-year career as a police officer.
Adams, who is an ambitious up-and-comer, once challenged a loyalist from the Brooklyn Democratic Party, Congressman Major Owens, to lose only.
But eventually he became state senator in 2006 and – seven years later, he was elected as Brooklyn city president and became one of the county party’s most prominent politicians.