Who is Eric Adams
Eric Leroy Adams (born September 1, 1960) is an American retired police officer, politician, and author who is the Democratic nominee in the 2021 New York City mayoral election. He is the 18th borough president of Brooklyn, New York City.
Adams served as an officer in the New York City Transit Police and then the New York City Police Department for over two decades, retiring at the rank of captain. He served in the New York State Senate from 2006 to 2013, representing the 20th Senate district in Brooklyn. In November 2013, Adams was elected Brooklyn Borough President, the first African American to hold the position, and was reelected in November 2017.
On November 17, 2020, Adams announced his candidacy for mayor of New York City. Early polls showed Adams trailing only Andrew Yang, who benefited from name recognition from his unsuccessful 2020 Democratic presidential run. On July 6, 2021, the Associated Press declared Adams the Democratic nominee for the city’s mayor. He will face Curtis Sliwa in the general election.
Adams was born in Brownsville, Brooklyn. He was raised in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and South Jamaica, Queens and was the fourth of six children. His mother worked double shifts as a housecleaner and had received only a third-grade education. His father was a butcher.
Adams graduated from Bayside High School in Queens in 1978. He began attending college while working as a clerk at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, receiving an associate degree from the New York City College of Technology, a B.A. from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and an M.P.A. from Marist College.
When Adams was 15 years old, he and his brother were arrested for criminal trespassing. While in police custody, they were beaten by NYPD officers until a black cop intervened. Adams suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after the incident but has said that the violent encounter motivated him to enter law enforcement. A local pastor added to his motivation when he suggested that by joining the police force, he could aid in reforming police culture from within.