New York City Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was elected Mayor of New York City on November 2, 2021. Adams is the second African American Mayor of the nation's largest city. Mayor David Dinkins served as New York City's first African American Mayor from 1990 until 1993. In a tough mayoral fight often filled with name-calling and charged accusations, Adams the Democratic candidate defeated Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels subway patrol group.
Nancy Pelosi and Eric Adams at the Speaker's Balcony
Adams life demonstrates how success can be achieved regardless of the conditions of one's early environment. He was born one of six children in poverty on September 1, 1960 in Brooklyn, New York City. Through employment as a maid, his single mother was able to move the family from Brownsville to South Jamaica, NYC.
Ironically, it is said that a motivating factor to become a police officer came from a teenage beating from NYC Police Officers while being temporarily held in jail. Before entering politics, Adams held the ranks as a Police Officer with the NYPD of Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain over 22 years. His political career spans four terms as a New York State Senator prior to serving seven years as the first African-American Borough President of Brooklyn before being elected Mayor of New York City.
The Words of Eric Adams
I believe that Change Is Coming, and this is our moment to step onto this stage and be fully prepared for the journey ahead. I ask you to fight with me, for your future and your children’s future. I stand with you, I stand for you, and together we’ll fulfill the promise of New York City. I Am YOU!!"
"One week ago tonight, my mother's dream came true and I became the next Mayor of New York.