There are many candidates looking for the borough presidency in Queens and in Manhattan, but the race in Brooklyn has become a one-man race. NY1's Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report as part of Brooklyn Week.
State Senator Eric Adams used to walk the streets of Brooklyn as a police officer. Now, he wants to do it as Brooklyn borough president.
"Being a police officer really has taught me how diverse the borough is and the importance of reaching out to all communities," Adams said. "We are one borough, but we are many different communities."
Many different communities, elected officials and unions have come out to support Adams in his bid. But there's nobody else to get behind. He's the only one on the ballot.
"The seat is not unattractive. I am an attractive candidate to my colleagues," Adams said.
While Adams has become the chosen one, why is he the only one in the city's most populous borough? Sociologist Jerome Krase, emeritus professor at Brooklyn College, says the position lacks punch.
"The borough president 's office is not an especially powerful office because I think it was in 1990, they changed the city charter, eliminated the Board of Estimates, so the power is very reduced," Krase said. "And somebody like Marty Markowitz, who was a tremendous booster for the borough, did extremely well, but really with very little resources. And that will be the same situation, I think, for Eric."
Adams said he sees it as a promotion.
"As a state Senator, I represent over 300,000 people. As the borough president, I'll become the advocate for 2.5 million people," Adams said.
He said he plans to be as high profile as 12-year incumbent Marty Markowitz, who was forced out by term limits. Campaign posters prominently feature Markowitz.
"To have Mr. Brooklyn as your endorsement, that is probably one of the premier endorsements that I have," Adams said.
Adams said that while he'll blaze his own path, focusing on quality of life issues around the borough, he'll also keep some of Markowitz's signature events, like his annual concerts.
"I would like to continue those concerts and then put an Eric Adams spin on that," he said. "Have resume writing on the field. Health screening, where people would come and get preventive health screenings while they're at the concerts."
Adams said he won't skip a beat, as he expects a seamless transition.