Eric Adams
Mayoral candidate and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams announces a plan at Cadman Plaza to fight wealth inequality, May 11, 2021.
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Elected Brooklyn borough president in 2013 and ending his second and final term this year due to term limits, Adams has made public safety and poverty-fighting central themes of his mayoral campaign. Before entering politics as a state senator, he was an NYPD officer, rising to the rank of captain, and became a public figure through his leadership of the dissident group 100 Black Men in Law Enforcement Who Care.

As borough president, Adams, 60, has been largely supportive of the real estate development boom that grew out of Brooklyn’s increasing popularity as a place to live and work. He has used his visibility to promote health and wellness, saying he cured his own diabetes through disciplined diet and exercise — and urging Brooklynites to follow his lead.

Adams has a reputation for intense commitment to his work, evidenced by sleeping in his office during the height of the pandemic and criss-crossing the borough to distribute masks to constituents. Sometimes his zeal for the job has crossed lines: He has unapologetically used his nonprofit One Brooklyn organization to raise money from people with business before his office and allowed his chauffeurs and staff to turn part of the public plaza in front of Borough Hall into a parking lot.



THE CITY sent three multiple-choice surveys to every Democratic and Republican mayoral candidate on the ballot for the June 22 primary, starting in February. Adams responded to our first survey, containing 20 questions, but not to the second or third. We have filled in missing responses where possible using his public statements.

Read more about how we surveyed the candidates.