Brooklyn Borough President, Candidate for Mayor of New York City
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Shelly Banjo, New York Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was born in Brownsville and raised in South Jamaica – one of six children raised by a single mom who cleaned houses. As a young man, Eric faced homelessness, hunger and brutality at the hands of police.
But instead of giving into anger, Eric joined the NYPD and fought for reform in the department. He also put himself through school, earning undergraduate and graduate degrees.
From the NYPD, he was elected to the State Senate, where he pushed through measures to protect tenants and workers, and advance human rights.
As Brooklyn's first Black Borough President, he has worked tirelessly to grow the local economy, reduce inequality, improve public safety, and advocate for better government.