As terms limits usher Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz out of Borough Hall in 2013 (after 11 years in office), State Sen. Eric Adams appears poised to have his name carved in gold lettering on the front door. The ex-cop—best known for his “Stop the Sag” campaign to get kids to pull up their britches, and for suggesting transit workers carry Tasers to zap bad guys—is now in the lead, after his primary competitor, fellow Democrat Carlo Scissura, dropped out of the race Thursday to accept a post as President & CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.
The New York Post reports that no other candidates are seriously challenging Adams on the Democratic ticket for the race—although State Sen. Daniel Squadron, whose 25th Senate District includes Brooklyn Heights, was rumored in mid-February to be considering a run. Republicans, meanwhile, historically pay little mind to the seat, because the party lacks enough borough-wide support to win the $160,000-a-year job.
Since 2007, Adams has represented the 20th Senate District, which includes Flatbush, Crown Heights, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace and Prospect Heights. During his 22 years at the NYPD, he co-founded the advocacy group “100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care.”
A primary election will be held in September 2013 for the Democratic nomination for Borough Presidency. A win there would give Adams a near-certain victory in the general election, since Democrats have a five to one edge in registration over all other political parties combined in Brooklyn. Adams would become the first African American Borough President in history.