Eric Adams

Mayor of New York City since 2022

Eric Leroy Adams (born September 1, 1960) is an American politician. Adams is the Mayor of New York City since 2022. He was the Borough President of Brooklyn, New York City. Before, he was a Democratic State Senator in the New York Senate, representing the 20th Senate District. On November 5, 2013, Adams was elected Brooklyn Borough President, the first African-American to hold the position. Before becoming a politician, he was a police officer for the New York City Police Department for 22 years.

Eric Adams
110th Mayor of New York City
Assumed office
January 1, 2022
DeputyLorraine Grillo
Preceded byBill de Blasio
18th Borough President of Brooklyn
In office
January 1, 2014 – January 1, 2022
Preceded byMarty Markowitz
Succeeded byAntonio Reynoso
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 20th district
In office
January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2013
Preceded byCarl Andrews
Succeeded byJesse Hamilton
Personal details
Eric Leroy Adams

(1960-09-01) September 1, 1960 (age 63)
New York City, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic (before 1997, 2001–present)
Other political
Republican (1997–2001)[1]
Domestic partnerTracey Collins
EducationNew York City College of Technology (AA)
John Jay College of Criminal Justice (BA)
Marist College (MPA)
WebsiteBorough website
Campaign website
Police career
Department New York City Police Department
Years of service1984–2006
Rank Captain

Early life


Adams was born in Brooklyn, on September 1, 1960.[2] He graduated from Bayside High School in Queens in 1978.[3] He worked as a mechanic and a mailroom clerk at the Brooklyn District Attorney's office. He studied at New York City College of Technology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Marist College.[4] Adams was diagnosed with dyslexia while in college.[5]

Police career


Before entering politics, Adams was a police officer in the New York City Police Department (NYPD) for 22 years.[6] He started in the New York City Transit Police. He co-founded 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, an advocacy group for black police officers, and often spoke out against police brutality and racial profiling.[7]

Brooklyn Borough President (2013–2021)


On November 5, 2013, Adams was elected Brooklyn Borough President with 90.8 percent of the vote, more than any other candidate for borough president in New York City that year.[8] In 2017, he was elected with 83.0 percent of the vote.[9] In both of his campaigns, he was unopposed in the Democratic primaries.[10]

Mayor of New York City (since 2022)




In November 2020, Adams announced his candidacy for Mayor of New York City in the 2021 election. On July 6, Associated Press announced that he won the Democratic primary.[11] Adams was elected mayor on November 2, 2021.[12]

Adams supports cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. On November 4th, 2021, he tweeted that he wants to take his first three paychecks as Mayor in bitcoin, and that New York City would be "the center of the cryptocurrency industry and other fast-growing, innovative industries."[13] He also believes young students should be taught about cryptocurrency. He said "We must open our schools to teach the technology, to teach this new way of thinking when it comes down to paying for goods and services." [14]



Adams took office at midnight in Times Square on 1 January 2022, holding a picture of his late mother, Dorothy, while being sworn in. He became the city's second mayor of color to hold the position and the first since David Dinkins left office in 1993.[15][16] On his first day in office, Adams rode the New York City Subway to City Hall. On the subway ride, Adams witnessed a street fight and called 9-1-1.[17]

Eight days into Adam's tenure as Mayor, an apartment fire in the Bronx killed 17 people including eight children.[18] New York City had an increase in crime during the first months of Adams's tenure as Mayor.[19] Because of the increase of crime, President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland visited New York City and promised to work with Adams to crack down on homemade firearms, which lack traceable serial numbers and can be acquired without background checks.[20] Adams has criticized the Black Lives Matter movement for not protesting against ongoing gun violence within the black community.[21]

Later in February, Adams created a zero-tolerance policy for homeless people sleeping in subway cars or in subway stations. He told police officers, assisted by mental health professionals, to remove homeless people from the subway system and taking them to homeless shelters or mental health hospitals.[22] This plan was controversial.[23]

On April 11, 2022, Adams was diagnosed with COVID-19.[24] While quarantined, a man shot 10 people on a Subway in Brooklyn.[25]

Personal life


Adams has never been married, but has a son, Jordan Coleman,[26] with former girlfriend Chrisena Coleman.[27] Adams is currently in a relationship with Tracey Collins.


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  2. Eric L. Adams Archived January 26, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, Office of the Brooklyn Borough President.
  3. "Eric L. Adams," Archived January 26, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  4. "New York State Sen. Eric Adams Bio". Archived from the original on July 13, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  5. Fitzsimmons, Emma G.; Glueck, Katie; Mays, Jeffery; Zaveri, Mihir (June 18, 2021). "The New York Mayoral Candidates' Closing Arguments". The New York Times. Archived from the original on November 4, 2021. Retrieved November 4, 2021.
  6. Devereaux, Ryan (May 18, 2012). "NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit Gets Class Action Status". The Rutherford Institute. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  7. Wansley, Terrance. "100 BLACKS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT WHO CARE". Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  8. "New York – 2013 Election". The New York Times. November 6, 2013. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  9. News, WNYC Data. "2017 General Election Results". Archived from the original on May 9, 2021. Retrieved May 9, 2021. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  10. d_evers (August 15, 2018). "Eric Adams has faced less scrutiny than he deserves". City & State NY. Archived from the original on May 9, 2021. Retrieved May 9, 2021.
  11. Matthews, Karen (6 July 2021). "Eric Adams wins Democratic primary in NYC's mayoral race". Associated Press. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  12. "Democrat Eric Adams wins New York City mayoral election". AP NEWS. 2021-11-02. Retrieved 2021-11-03.
  13. Sigalos, MacKenzie. "Incoming New York mayor Eric Adams vows to take first three paychecks in bitcoin". CNBC. Retrieved 23 November 2021.
  14. Agustin, Francis. "New York Mayor-elect Eric Adams says schools should teach about cryptocurrency". Insider Inc. Retrieved 23 November 2021.
  15. Fola Akinnibi (July 6, 2021). "Eric Adams Wins NYC Mayoral Primary, Capping 2 Weeks of Waiting". Bloomberg News. Archived from the original on July 7, 2021. Retrieved July 6, 2021.
  16. Cruz, David (2021-12-29). "Eric Adams Will Be Sworn In As Mayor At Times Square New Year's Eve Celebration". Gothamist. Archived from the original on August 14, 2021. Retrieved 2021-12-30.
  17. Price • •, Michelle L. "Eric Adams Rides Subway to Work, Reports Assault to 911 on 1st Day as NYC Mayor". NBC New York. Retrieved 2022-01-10.
  18. Marsh, Julia (April 16, 2022). "#Fishgate to A$AP Rocky: Top 10 standout moments from Eric Adams' first 100 days". Politico.
  19. Marcus, Josh (January 25, 2022). "Wilbert Mora: Second of two New York police officers dies of injuries after Harlem shooting". The Independent.
  20. Tracy, Thomas (February 4, 2022). "Biden praises Mayor Adams' anti-crime plan, unveils new gun crackdown while in NYC: 'We are not about defunding'". The New York Daily News.
  21. Anuta, Joe. "'I thought Black lives mattered?' Mayor Eric Adams slams the activist movement over New York City crime". POLITICO. Retrieved 2022-04-17.
  22. "New York City Plans to Stop Homeless People From Sheltering in Subway". The New York Times. February 18, 2022. Retrieved February 23, 2022.
  23. Kramer, Marcia; Bauman, Ali; Dias, John (February 18, 2022). "Mayor Adams faces pushback from advocates for homeless after unveiling next phase of subway safety plan". CBS. Retrieved March 25, 2022.
  24. Barnard, Anne (April 11, 2022). "On Day 100, Mayor Adams Has Covid-19". The New York Times. Retrieved April 12, 2022.
  25. Dunn, Danielle (April 12, 2022). "New York's public safety mayor faces subway attack while in Covid quarantine". Politico.
  26. Balk, Tim. "Eric Adams hosts reporters at Bed-Stuy home amid NYC residency questions". Tribune Publishing. Archived from the original on June 9, 2021. Retrieved June 9, 2021.
  27. Stetler, Carrie (June 6, 2009). "Jordan Coleman". Advance Publications, Inc. Archived from the original on June 10, 2021. Retrieved May 6, 2021.

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