With less than five weeks left in the race for mayor, Eric Adams says he's going door to door and on the phone lines over the next few weeks as part of a new get-out-the vote effort ahead of the June primary.
"We will make sure that every voter in the city of New York knows who Eric Adams is," he said Wednesday at a rally flanked by supporters at City Hall Park.
Former Congressman Charles Rangel, a Harlem political legend, joined the rally, highlighting Adams' experience as a police captain, saying he's best suited for the job of reforming the NYPD.
"If there is any candidate, or any person for that matter, who knows how to deal with — as we say on Lenox Avenue — the police, it's one of those police," Rangel said.
Adams is also getting a boost from the Hotel Trades Council, which represents thousands of hotel workers.
The union has endorsed his campaign and, now an independent expenditure, Hotel Workers for Stronger Communities will target Latino voters over the coming days.
Latinos are expected to make up more than 20% of the primary electorate, according to research prepared by a firm on behalf of the union's independent expenditure. The firm also found over 40% of the voters remain undecided on the race and have little information about how ranked choice voting works.
Adams has been facing scrutiny in recent days after a New York Times story detailed years of donations from lobbyists and people with business interests before the city. Some of his opponents are on the attack, despite also benefitting from years of collecting donations.
"I decided in my campaign not to take big real estate money because that was important for me to show that I was committed to being unencumbered at City Hall," Stringer said Wednesday.
Adams has denied any wrongdoing and said he's operating within a system that requires candidates to raise millions of dollars to help fund their campaigns.
"If we want to equalize the playing field, then we need 100% public finance," Adams said.
Meanwhile, the other candidates were out in the sunny weather Wednesday: Scott Stringer was on the East Side of Manhattan rolling out a plan to install a bathroom in every park and playground in the city.
And Andrew Yang was in Lower Manhattan calling for a city takeover of the city's subways. His plans lacked concrete details.
"The plan is to take the case to Albany and to the people of New York that the mayor should have control over the way most New Yorkers get around every single day," Yang said.
Yang has said the city should have a majority of the 21 seats on the MTA board, but not all of them cast votes. Their main role is to approve contracts, fares and new debt.