On Tuesday, The Associated Press called the New York City Democratic primary for Brooklyn Borough Chief Eric Adams, a former NYPD captain who appears to have beaten his closest rival, Kathryn Garcia, as well. as well as the third, Maya Wiley.
All three had defeated former presidential candidate Andrew Yang in the primary vote last month.
With the majority of the absentee votes now counted, Adams led Garcia by 8,426 votes in the city’s first mayoral race to be determined by so-called ranking voting, a somewhat confusing system that allowed voters to rank everyone. candidates by preference. The city will announce the official results in July. Adams, the big favorite to win in November against Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa (founder of Guardian Angels), would be the second black mayor of the Big Apple.
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García is the former commissioner of the Department of Sanitation. Wiley, who was the leading candidate among progressives, is a former adviser to outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio.
According to the Adams website, he is one of six children, born in Brownsville and raised in southern Jamaica by a single mother who cleaned houses. He was beaten by police in the basement of a precinct at age 15 and later joined the NYPD, where he spoke openly by denouncing racism and prejudice in the department and pushing for reform.
From the NYPD, he moved to the State Senate representing sections of Brooklyn. He was the first person of color to chair the Senate National Security Committee. He was elected Brooklyn Borough President in 2013.
After being diagnosed with diabetes, he stepped up public health efforts across the city and pushed for more education in schools and with high-risk populations in low-income areas.
He received his master’s in public administration from Marist College and graduated from New York City Technical College and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant.