NEW YORK — Eric Adams , the former police captain who campaigned on a message of public safety, was elected New York City mayor Tuesday.
Adams will become New York’s second Black mayor and inherit a city at a pivotal time in its economic recovery from the pandemic .
Adams, a Democrat, defeated longshot Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa after he narrowly won his party’s nomination in June during a crowded Democratic primary .
The Brooklyn borough president and former state senator will replace the term-limited Mayor Bill de Blasio in January.
During the primary, Adams faced a number of progressive and moderate challengers but ultimately won with heavy support in lower-income, Black and Latino neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Queens.
"When you look at all the other mayors who have come up from where they came up from, there is no one like him. He is unique," Sid Davidoff, a fixture in New York City politics and adviser to former Mayor John Lindsay, told USA TODAY in June. Eric Adams raises hands with Jumaane Williams, New York City Public Advocate, and Comptroller candidate Brad Lander during a Get Out the Vote rally in front of Brooklyn Borough Hall on October 22, 2021. Adams brought a photo of his late mother as he voted Tuesday in Brooklyn and reflected on his working-class upbringing. Sliwa brought one of his many cats and got into a dispute with an election worker over whether he could bring the cat and his red jacket emblazoned with his name inside the polling location.
Adams, 61, was born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens. While a teenager, he was beaten in police custody, which prompted his desire to become a police officer.
While in the New York Police Department, Adams had a reputation as vocal critic of discriminatory practices within policing. He served as the head of the Grand Council of Guardians, a Black officers’ group, and formed 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, which sought to fight racial profiling and police brutality while restoring trust among Black residents. New York democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams carries a portrait of his late mother Dorothy Mae Adams as he walks to cast his vote at a voting center in Brooklyn, New York on November 2, 2021. Adams’ stance on the police department has been more moderate than other Democrats in the city. While he supports trimming its budget and "civilianizing" sections that do not need to be staffed by officers, he also has backed the use of stop-and-frisk in some cases and reviving a disbanded anti-gun task force.