Eric Adams (politician)

Borough President

Eric Leroy Adams (born September 1, 1960) is an American politician. He is 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.

Eric Adams
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18th Borough President of Brooklyn
Assumed office
January 1, 2014
Preceded byMarty Markowitz
Member of the New York Senate
from the 20th district
In office
January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2013
Preceded byCarl Andrews
Succeeded byJesse Hamilton III
Personal details
Born (1960-09-01) September 1, 1960 (age 59)
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Police career
DepartmentNew York City Police Department
Years of service1984–2006
RankPolice Officer

Before entering politics, Adams was a police officer in the New York City Police Department (NYPD) for 22 years.[1] 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.[2]


  1. Devereaux, Ryan (May 18, 2012). "NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit Gets Class Action Status". The Rutherford Institute. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  2. Wansley, Terrance. "100 BLACKS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT WHO CARE". Retrieved 11 June 2012.