Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams doesn’t have more than 50% of the vote yet, but two days after getting the most first-choice votes in the Democratic primary race for mayor he was cruising.
Adams arrived at Brooklyn Borough Hall Thursday morning, returning to the job he's held for the nearly eight years.
What You Need To Know
- If elected, Adams would become the city’s second Black mayor
- Adams would take office at a time when the debate around police reform and public safety is reaching a national inflection point
- Adams dismissed a question suggesting his overconfidence might be on display too early, considering thousands of more votes still need to be counted
"The technical part of the race is over," Adams told reporters during a news conference outside Borough Hall. "I'm back to doing my primary job."
He also gave a glimpse into what a potential Adams mayoralty could look like.
"They're going to see me riding my bike through the city, see me doing my own laundry, see me in the supermarket, see me on the trains," he said. "New Yorkers want to see their leaders again."
If his lead holds and he then wins the general election in November, Adams would become the city’s second Black mayor. He would take office at a time when the debate around police reform and public safety is reaching a national inflection point. Already, he had a message for his own party.
"Look at me and you're seeing the future of the Democratic Party," Adams said. "If the Democratic Party fails to recognize what we did here in New York, they're going to have a problem in the midterm elections and they're going to have a problem in the presidential elections. America is saying we want justice and safety and we want to end inequalities."
Adams dismissed a question suggesting his overconfidence might be on display too early, considering thousands of more votes still need to be counted.
"No, I’m not. I’m not counting my chickens. I am just having fun and enjoying the moment," Adams said.
After a change of shoes, it was onto his bike — one of the four he says he owns. He rode from downtown Brooklyn to Park Slope for a street renaming ceremony in honor of legendary journalist Pete Hamill.
It was there that he crossed paths with a fellow Brooklynite who also received a vote of confidence from Democrats around the city.
Councilman Brad Lander currently holds the lead in the race for city comptroller and is to the left of Adams on several issues — including police reform.
An eventual clash could be likely, but on a sunny post-primary afternoon it was all smiles, even though there could already be disagreements on the horizon.
Earlier this week, a portion of the city’s anti-chokehold law was struck down by a state Supreme Court justice in Manhattan. The judge concluded the language in the bill is vague and called on the City Council to revisit the legislation.
"I think the bill was based on emotion," Adams said. "You can't govern public safety based on emotion."
If elected mayor, Adams said he would start from scratch on the chokehold legislation, setting up a potential battle with the City Council, which is expected to be made up of more liberal-leaning members.