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Recchia quits BP race, leaving Adams as front-runner

While Recchia (shown in an Eagle file photo) is exiting the race, Adams, via his campaign website, is now the presumed front-runner.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

City Councilman Domenic Recchia (D-Coney Island) has reportedly dropped his bid to succeed Marty Markowitz as borough president — leaving state Sen. Eric Adams (D-Crown Heights) as the perceived front-runner.

According to the Daily News, Recchia, whose strength was in the southern areas of the borough, is considering running for Congress in Bay Ridge and Staten Island against Republican incumbent Michael Grimm.

Recchia previously sought to run for comptroller, but decided to drop out of that race after party higher-ups decided to back Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, the Daily News reported. He cannot run again for City Council because of term limits. He had not declared officially for borough president or set up a campaign committee.

Recchia spokeswoman Ashleigh Owens declined to say officially whether Recchia had made a decision. "He's talking to his friends, his family, his supporters, and weighing his options. He will soon make an announcement," she said.

Adams, a retired police captain and founder of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, set up a web site and a campaign committee. He confirmed he’s running for the top borough spot as early as February 2012.

By July 2012, he had raised more than $215,000 from 1,168 donors, according to Politicker. As of now, he has raised approximately $420,000. Recchia had raised $814,820, according to the Campaign Finance Board.

A search of his contributors on the Campaign Finance Board website shows that Adams has broad-based support, ranging from unemployed people to attorneys, civil servants to entrepreneurs. A fundrasier for him is scheduled at 5 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday at the Woodland Restaurant in Flatbush.

"It's an honor to have as much support as we've had already for our campaign, and I look forward to sharing my vision for the Borough President's office with voters over the coming months. No matter the shape of the race, I'm running to be an advocate for Brooklyn and Brooklynites--and to use my diverse experience to deliver for our great borough," said Adams.

January 29, 2013 - 10:41am


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