Has Eric Adams Taken The Lead In Brooklyn Borough Prez Race?

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.

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  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Please abolish term limits and bring, my man, Marty back one more term. Pleeeeeze.

  • Ernie
  • BH’er

    tasers for mta employees? did i read that correctly??

    cops shouldnt have tasers, mta employees definitely shouldnt have tasers.

    i hope there is another alternative willing…

  • Knight

    What a contrast Senator Adams would be to our current BP!! Marty Markowitz is a friendly, outgoing lover of all things Brooklyn. Eric Adams is an angry racist who hates most of Brooklyn and wants to change it. I don’t think he would be any Heights voter’s first choice but on election day that really depends upon who runs against him.

  • Willowtowncop

    He can do less damage in a position that has no power than he can as a state Senator. Not that I would vote for him for either position.

  • Matthew Parker

    As someone who has worked with Senator Adams on several issues I have a lot of respect for him. And from what I’ve seen first hand, Knight’s comment couldn’t be further from the truth.

  • Livingston

    I’m distressed that no one other than a Democrat appears interested. Would be nice to have a real choice.

    @Karl, I agree whole-heartedly about repealing term-limits for Marty. Would vote for him again in a NY-minute.

  • Quinn Raymond

    Markowitz is lovable and understands the “cheerleader” part of the job, but he’s made some terrible policy decisions. Supporting Atlantic Yards over the objections of the community will forever hang around his neck.

    As for Adams, the taser bill was pretty non-sensical. But I see zero evidence of him being an “angry racist”. I would be curious as to the basis for this accusation, Knight. What are you referring to?

    Here’s some more info on what the BP actually does:

  • Knight

    I will not go on the defensive regarding Eric Adams. I will let the State Senator’s public statements (and those made when he was head of “100 Blacks in Law Enforcement”) speak for him on their own.

  • Quinn Raymond

    Do you have a link or something?

  • Matthew Parker

    @Quinn: No, Knight has nothing. But it’s easy to post anonymous misinformation about people and organizations like 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care.

    Sorry Knight, but you’re called out. When you call someone an angry racist online, you have to be able to defend that. Otherwise, everyone can surmise what you’re all about.

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