Democrat Eric Adams wins New York City mayoral election

New York City, US, Nov 2 (EFE).- Former police captain Eric Adams won New York City’s election on Tuesday, becoming the second Black mayor in the city’s history.

Adams had 67.2 percent of support with 76 percent of the votes counted, according to local media.

The 61-year-old moderate Democrat was the overwhelming favorite against Republican Curtis Sliwa, who secured 28.2 percent of the votes at the same point in counting.

Adams appeared before his followers to tell them: “I am the mayor.”

“Tonight, New Yorkers have chosen one of their own,” Adam said, adding: “I am you.”

Sliwa conceded defeat in a speech at his headquarters.

“Tonight is the night that we offer our friendship, our solidarity with the new mayor – he’s going to need it,” said the founder of Guardian Angels, a nonprofit organization for unarmed crime prevention.

Adams, who is Brooklyn borough president, will take office in January, becoming New York City’s 110th mayor and only the second Black mayor after David Dinkins (1990 and 1993).

He was projected the winner given the overwhelming Democratic support in the city, where there are more than 3 million registered Democrat voters, compared to half a million Republicans.

Adams became the Democratic nominee after winning the primaries in June, in which he defeated the most progressive wing of the party, which has gained momentum in New York City in recent years with politicians such as Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Congressman Jamaal Bowman.

The veteran politician, who was in the New York state Senate between 2006 and 2013 and has been the Brooklyn borough president since 2014, said he was the right person to manage the city and ran in the mayoral race with promises to increase public safety.

On Jan. 1, he will replace Bill de Blasio, also a Democrat, who has been in office for eight years.

Adams will have to deal with various crises ranging from Covid and crime to the economy and homelessness. EFE


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