Crown Heights

Adams piles up endorsements in bid to be borough president

March 12, 2013 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Eric Adams’s bid to become the next Brooklyn borough president is getting a major boost from a slew of endorsements the Democratic state senator has received since he announced that he’s running.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, council members Brad Lander (D-Park Slope) and Letitia James (D-Clinton Hill-Fort Greene), Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stinger, Comptroller John Liu, and former comptroller Bill Thompson are all endorsing Adams, the clear front-runner in the race. The election takes place in November.

But while Adams is the front runner in the race to succeed term-limited Marty Markowitz at Borough Hall, he isn’t the only candidate interested in the job. Bay Ridge lawyer John Gangemi, who served as a city councilman-at-large back in the 1970s, has announced that he intends to run in the Democratic Primary. The New York Daily News reported that Gangemi, who has no Facebook page or twitter account, plans to run a technology-free, grassroots campaign.

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Adams announced his candidacy at a rally on the steps of Borough Hall on March 3.

The elected officials who are now backing Adams have joined a long list of politicians and former officials, like Markowitz and former borough president Howard Golden, who have already endorsed Adams.

“Eric Adams has spent his entire career as a tireless advocate for Brooklyn, New York City—and, especially, for the people and communities of this city who need a champion to help improve their lives and neighborhoods,” Quinn said. “As borough president, Eric will take his knowledge of government, his experience as an organizer and his passion for progress, and put it to work for the people of Brooklyn,” she said.

“I am very proud to support Eric Adams for Brooklyn Borough President,” de Blasio said. “Eric has literally been on the front lines for Brooklyn. He’s shown his mettle time and time again; we saw it during his distinguished career in law enforcement and we witnessed his deep commitment to social and economic justice as state senator.”

Liu praised the state senator as a “champion and fighter,” and said he would make an excellent borough president. “He has always represented the best interests of seniors, working families, immigrants, students and small business owners,” he said.

“Eric Adams will bring Brooklyn together across lines of race and religion, to help create a more safe, respectful, and inclusive city,” Lander said. “His experience confronting gun violence while fighting for civil rights is a model for making our city better, and including diverse communities in the process. In so many ways, Brooklyn is at an extraordinary moment; but far too many people are left out. I look forward to working with Borough President Adams to make sure all are included,” he said.

Adams served for several years in the New York Police Department and is the founder of Blacks N Law, 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care. He retired from the police force as a captain to become a state senator in 2006.

Adams received his master’s degree in public administration from Marist College and is a graduate of New York City Technical College and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He lives in Prospect Heights. He was re-elected to a fourth term in the state senate in November.


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