Democrat Eric Adams, a former New York Police Department (NYPD) captain, will become the city’s second Black mayor after a landslide win in the election on Nov. 2.
Adams, 61, defeated Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa and will replace Mayor Bill de Blasio in January.
“I have accomplished my dream. And with all my heart, I’m going to remove the barriers that are preventing you from accomplishing yours,” Adams said in a victory speech.
Blasio congratulated Adams on Twitter, saying that he will be “an outstanding mayor.”
Adams becomes only the second Black person to be elected as New York City mayor after David Dinkins who served in the position from 1990 to 1993.
Adams, who currently serves as Brooklyn borough president and was a former state senator, will inherit New York City at a critical time in its economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Adams said during his campaign that he supports the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for workers to curb the spread of the virus.
Branding himself as the blue-collar mayor, Adams also said that he plans to make the city more business-friendly.
Adams has also supported increasing affordable housing options and services at hospitals for homeless people with mental illness.
The main focus of Adams’ campaign, however, was improving public safety and combatting gun violence, earning him wide support in lower-income, Black and Latino neighborhoods of Brooklyn, where he was born, and in Queens, where he was raised.
Adams joined the NYPD after officers beat him while he was in police custody at 15 years old.
While he was in the NYPD, he was a vocal critical of discriminatory practices within police and served as the head of a Black officers’ group called the Grand Council of Guardians.
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