By Joseph Ax (Reuters) -Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams became the uncontested Democratic nominee for New York City mayor after his two closest rivals conceded on Wednesday, putting him in position to become the next leader of the most populous U.S. city. Former New York City sanitation chief Kathryn Garcia and civil rights lawyer Maya […]
Adams secures Democratic nomination for New York City mayor as rivals concede
By Joseph Ax
(Reuters) -Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams became the uncontested Democratic nominee for New York City mayor after his two closest rivals conceded on Wednesday, putting him in position to become the next leader of the most populous U.S. city.
Former New York City sanitation chief Kathryn Garcia and civil rights lawyer Maya Wiley both congratulated Adams on his victory after concluding they could not overcome the narrow lead he maintained following Tuesday’s release of new vote totals from the June 22 election.
Adams, a Black former police captain who put public safety at the heart of his campaign, is heavily favored in November’s election against Republican nominee Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the civilian patrol Guardian Angels. Democratic voters outnumber Republicans in the city by more than a 6-to-1 margin.
The next mayor will oversee a steep recovery from the coronavirus pandemic while also confronting deep-seated issues such as wealth inequality, a lack of affordable housing, struggling public schools and concerns over public safety.
“There’s a real message, I believe, for the entire country,” Adams said on CNN on Wednesday. “I think the Democratic Party in particular, they’re ready for real change for everyday working-class Americans.”
Garcia, who ran as a technocrat based on her long service in city government, made brief remarks at the Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument in Central Park on Wednesday.
“For 400 years, no woman has held the top seat at City Hall,” she said. “This campaign has come closer than any other moment in history to breaking that glass ceiling and selecting New York City’s first female mayor. We cracked the hell out of it, and it’s ready to be broken.”
Wiley, who emerged as the leading liberal candidate, noted the historic nature of Adams’ victory.
“Let’s be clear: this is only the second time a Black New Yorker has been elected mayor of this city, and that has tremendous meaning for so many New Yorkers, particularly Black people,” said Wiley, who is also Black.
(Reporting by Joseph Ax; Additional reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Bill Berkrot)