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Candidate Profile: Eric Adams (D)

Eric Adams (D)

Political Party: Democrat
Office Seeking: Brooklyn Borough President
Opponents: John Gangemi (D)  
Currently: State Senator for District 20
Previously: Captain at the NYPD
Education: CUNY College of Technology (AA); John Jay College (BA), Marist College (MPA)
Endorsements: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, NYC Comptroller John Liu, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Council Members Brad Lander and Letitia James; 32 BJ SEIU; 1199 SEIU; Hotel and Motels Trades Council; Council of School Administrators; UFCW Local 1500; New York City Corrections Officers’ Association (COBA); Assistant Deputy Wardens/Deputy Wardens Association; Kings County Democrats; Working Families Party; Democracy for NYC; NY Communities for Change; Muslim Democratic Club of NYC; Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn; Vanguard Independent Democratic Association; Communications Workers of America Local 1180; Uniformed Fire Officers Association; Corrections Captains Association; Planned Parenthood Action Fund; Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats; Rev. Ayana Vason, Senior Pastor, Ebenezer Christian Church; Bishop Eric D. Garnes, Presiding Prelate, United Covenant Churches of Christ; Rabbi Moishe Indig; Rev. Dr. Frank Mason, Senior Pastor, Christ Temple United Baptist Church; Rev. Dr. Cheryl Anthony, Senior Servant, JUDAH International Christian Center; Rev. Glenmore Bembry, Senior Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church;

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As a Captain in the NYPD, Eric Adams became well-known to New Yorkers as a tireless and thoughtful advocate for the people and communities he served, and he earned widespread praise for creating innovative programs on issues ranging from conflict resolution to child abuse prevention.

The expertise he developed during his more than two decades of experience with law enforcement and criminal justice issues resulted in his appointment during the 2007 and 2008 legislative sessions as Ranking Minority Member on the Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Committee, as well as Ranking Minority Member on the Veterans, Homeland Security & Military Affairs Committee. He also served on the Aging, Codes, and Civil Service and Pensions Committees in the New York State Senate. During the 2009 and 2010 legislative sessions, Senator Adams served as Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee and Chairman of the Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee and be a member of the Finance, Judiciary, Banks, Consumer Protection, and Energy and Telecommunications committees.

Issues Statements by Eric Adams:

Reaction to Zimmerman ruling in Florida:

“Justice was not served in Florida today–not for the family of Trayvon Martin nor for Americans who believe everyone in this country — regardless of skin color — has a right to safety, peace and respect in their community. We feel this ruling all the way up here in Brooklyn, where this poisonous culture of bias has infected our own system of justice, and the basic rights of black and Latino young men are violated on a daily basis. Laws like Stand Your Ground and the abuse of Stop and Frisk take us backward, and will only lead to more tragedies like Trayvon Martin. We must learn from this outrage and make changes now. That is how Trayvon will ultimately get the justice he deserves.”


Stop & Frisk:

“The power of law enforcement to stop, question, frisk, and even detain citizens deserves the most careful scrutiny and the most rigorous oversight.  A society whose judicial system is based upon the presumption of innocence must not permit its police department to infringe upon the civil and legal rights of the law-abiding public.  With an increase in power there must be an increase in oversight to create a balance.”


Gun Control:

“Hopefully our Washington, DC will understand the importance, and the importance of banning assault rifles will resonate throughout the country”

(On the NY State Senate’s recent passing of gun control legislation, 15 Jan. 2013)


Marriage Equality:

“The same statements that are made about (State Senator) Tom Duane falling in love with someone and deciding he wanted to live with that person, that’s the same comments that my grandmother received in Alabama, when she wanted to marry my grandfather. Same Comments.”

(During the NY State Senate floor debate for the NYS Marriage Equality Act, 2 Dec. 2009)


Marriage Equality as a Civil Rights Issue:

“…I know some people that say, well don’t try to make this a civil rights issue. I hear that comment. There’s no group in America that can take claims to going through some form of abuse. My Irish brothers and sisters, when they came to America, they were abused. My Italians brothers and sisters, when they came to America, they were called names and they were abused. My Asian (brothers and sisters), my Muslim (brothers and sisters), all of us who went through something. That we decided too love America and that we too have a right to prosper in America. That is all the men and women of the LGBT community are saying.”

(During the NY State Senate floor debate for the NYS Marriage Equality Act)