Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams wants to be mayor of New York City


A BROOKLYN PAPER RADIO EXCLUSIVE: Adams says he’s running for mayor

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Listeners to The Brooklyn Paper’s new “Brooklyn Paper Radio” webcast on Monday were first to hear the bombshell announcement that Borough President Adams has set his eyes on becoming the city’s next mayor, declaring that he will run for the office in 2021.

“In 20 years I’ll be looking back and telling you how great it was to have been the mayor of the City of New York and retire once I complete my two terms,” the Beep said, before pointing out a run in 2021 is “good enough for me.”

The declaration came at the end of the scintillating interview with hosts Gersh Kuntzman and Vince DiMiceli that touched on topics including the slaughter of geese by federal officials nearly 10 years ago, the lack of affordable housing in Brooklyn (especially at the residence of one Gersh Kuntzman), and Donald Trump’s take on Muslims in America.

The show also included interviews with ace Brooklyn Paper reporter Colin Mixson and ProPublica journalist Marcelo Rochabrun.

But the takeaway was Adams finally coming out and saying what many have been thinking for years: That he is hoping to one day call Gracie Mansion home.

If you didn’t catch this week’s episode of Brooklyn Paper Radio, you can take a listen using our SoundCloud link above.

Brooklyn Paper Radio is webcast every Monday at 4 pm live from our studio inside the Brooklyn Paper Building Downtown.

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Mike from Williamsburg says:
Adams has been admirably pro development and anti-NIMBY. He's also not afraid to criticize the NYPD. I think he'd have my support.
Dec. 7, 2015, 6:43 pm
The Truth from The Lies says:
Well that's one idiot down then Mike. Just a few thousand more to go...
Dec. 7, 2015, 7:34 pm
Maria R from Sunset Park says:
BP Adams. You can NOT wait until 2021. We need you now. If you do not run in 2017, you will have missed your opportunity. De Blasio is a one term mayor and someone is run against him and win.
Dec. 7, 2015, 7:56 pm
Carl R from DC says:
Adams talks about Geese in Prospect Park and with DiBlasio its horses in Central Park.

Is wildlife really the issue ?
Dec. 7, 2015, 9:47 pm
Mike Curatore from Carroll Gardens says:
Delusions of grandeur from an incompetent hack who faced no opposition in his last race.

Dec. 7, 2015, 10:30 pm
Michael from Bay Ridge says:
I'm a dedicated Democrat, and previously couldn't imagine voting otherwise. An Adams canidacy would be enough to drive me to vote Republican.
Dec. 8, 2015, 8:05 am
Sean F from Bensonhurst says:
Borough Presidents generally don't become Mayor. In the 117 years since the office of Borough President was created, only Robert Wagner and David Dinkins managed it, and they were both Manhattan Beep. Outerborough Beeps can't get enough votes outside of their own boroughs, and Adams probably can't get more than single digit percentages of Brooklynites to vote him for Mayor. He hasn't got a chance of being Mayor (he probably won't even get a second term as Beep).
Dec. 8, 2015, 9:29 am
Maria R from Sunset Park says:
Look everyone. Bottom line is that Mayor de Blasio is a one term mayor. If BP Adams doesn't run then someone else like Scott Stringer will run and win.
Dec. 8, 2015, 11:33 am
Mustache Pete from Windsor Terrace says:
I agree with Maria R. from Sunset Park.
BP Adams. You've shown leadership and courage and are a huge improvement over my buffoon of a neighbor.

There is no time like the present. Run.

De Blasio is incompetent, compromised and more vulnerable than the conventional wisdom says. Cuomo may want Hakeem Jeffries, but he is smart and knows being under the Governor's thumb isn't worth it. Plus he has a safe seat in Congress and can stay in Washington a long time if that's his preference. There will be others for 2017, but Adams would be a great choice if he starts NOW.
Dec. 8, 2015, 11:47 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Unfortunately, for many of you, it's very likely that de Blasio will be re-elected despite what has went on with him. This mainly has to do with the fact that many will either vote for him anyway or just choose not to vote at all, which is how he won in the first place. In all honesty, it's mostly the elites who hate de Blasio while the rest of the lower classes love him. Keep in mind that Bloomberg was elected three times despite how much he snubbed the public sector while always giving so much tax breaks for his rich buddies and making his pet projects a priority over everything else, and this was despite having low approval ratings. Even GWB got re-elected as president despite approval ratings, because most said that no matter how much they hated him, they couldn't picture themselves voting for Kerry back in 2004, and almost the same way as some said how they couldn't pick William Thompson even though they didn't like the fact that Bloomberg tweaked the system so that he can get a third term. In reality, approval ratings can mean absolutely nothing when it comes to elections.
Dec. 8, 2015, 5:15 pm
Epiphany from Ex-Brooklyn says:
If the Feds don't get him first.
Dec. 8, 2015, 6:12 pm
Maria R from Sunset Park says:
I think a dark horse candidate will come out and give de Blasio a run for the mayoralty
Dec. 8, 2015, 6:13 pm
jay from nyc says:
De Blasio is beatable at this point, his poll numbers are at around 40% approval. It seems that based on that most people are not happy with him, however the election is about 1 year and 9 months away and alot can happen in that time, and don't forget there is a presidential election before that, and say if Donald Trump wins that could throw a monkey wrench into everything we think of as settled.
Of course for De Blasio to lose, someone with half a brain and credibility has to run against him, and I don't see anyone coming out doing that at this point.
Dec. 8, 2015, 6:28 pm
Maria R from Sunset Park says:
Jay you're right. I can see a lesser known politician coming in and stealing the election while the better known candidates all think they can wait until de Blasio is term limited out. Bad idea.
Dec. 8, 2015, 7:29 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
Could get my vote
Dec. 9, 2015, 12:42 am
Powder from Brooklyn Heights says:
When he looses the election, he can take the honorary position of Town Clown. He has all the proper qualifications.
Dec. 9, 2015, 4:15 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Some need to keep in mind that de Blasio's approval ratings could change and get better when the next mayoral election comes, and he is two years to do just that. Even though he might be doing bad now, he can always do better later. However, there are those who like the fact the he is trying to keep rents low as well as push for more affordable housing, which is something that neither Bloomberg or Giuliani did when they were mayors, but rather make the city more of a playground for the rich. Another thing is that de Blasio is even going after abusive landlords and even calling on the stopping of illegal hotels under Airbnb with the help of Schniederman. Other areas include the fact that he understands those at the low end of the ladder more than his predecessors did and his helping those that are still around able to live in work without having to leave the city altogether. What can Eric Adams give that de Blasio can't give? That's the question I'm asking here. Despite the fact that I can't actually vote in that election, I still believe that de Blasio will win, and I do find him more in touch with the common man and hard working. Seriously, I'm tired of those who little he is doing to help such problems as the homeless, because these are not areas that can be resolved overnight, and I doubt that Adams could do anything better. In reality, just capitalizing on your opponent's mistakes and errors may not be enough to win an election especially when the media wants to know what you can do and not just what your opponent can't. One other thing, for those calling de Blasio a communist for his ideas, some of you have no idea what you're talking about especially when he hasn't called for anyone who speaks out against him to be arrested or killed, which is very common in communist countries.
Dec. 9, 2015, 4:14 pm
Jay from NYC says:
Tal, people call De Blasio a communist because he supported the Sandinistas and went as far as actually traveling Nicaragua. He also reportedly raised funds for the Sandinistas. Make no mistake, they ARE actual communists, among other things.
The Sandinistas committed crimes against humanity, and were an enemy of the United States.
The Sandinistas were also terrorists and helped train other terror groups, including the PLO.
They also specifically targeted and killed jews Tal.
Early covert contacts between the PLO and Nicaraguan rebel forces began in 1969 when Sandinistan leaders Pedro Arauz Palacios, Tomas Borge, and Eduardo Contreras were given PLO training in Lebanon.
Later that year, joint Cuban-PLO training of Sandinistas was begun in Lebanon, Algeria, and Libya. T
Tomas Borge was a major link in funneling Libyan money and PLO technical assistance into Nicaragua, and he arranged shipments of arms from North Korea and Vietnam into Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras.
PLO-Sandinista links became public on February 5, 1978, when Benito Escobar, of the Sandinista Front for the Liberation of Nicaragua (FSLN), and Issam Sli of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, issued a joint communique from Mexico City.
The communique spoke of the bonds of solidarity which exist between two revolutionary organizations and condemned American imperialism and Israeli Zionism.
Immediately after taking power in July 1979, the Sandinista regime signed what was called a government-to-government agreement with the PLO, allowing it to open an embassy in Managua with a staff of seventy.
The PLO presumably had a hand in the Sandinista policies, which drove the entire Jewish community of Nicaragua into exile.
In addition, the Sandinistas essentially engaged in ethnic cleansing of the Miskitos Indians.
Intelligence sources confirmed that of the thirteen camps on the Nicaraguan northwest coast for training revolutionaries from El Salvador and elsewhere, at least three were run by the PLO.
The PLO loaned the Sandinista regime over $12 million, Libya (Quadffai) gave $100 million in aid
There was also a massive influx of arms from Soviet and other communist sources who also furnished funds and training to the Sandinistas.
De Blasio then attempted to still support the Sandinistas after they lost the elections in 1990.
So is it fair to call De Blasio a communist?
I don't know, but that is not the point of the article the point was something else.
Yes, De Blasiso numbers may get better or may get worse, but if there was an election to day, and a creditable candidate were running against him De Blasio would lose. We will see what happens in 1 year and 9 months or so. For Mr. Adams, the subject of this article, he is looking at a later date to run.
Dec. 9, 2015, 7:21 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Jay, what you mentioned is what he did in the past, which these days is hardly relevant to his position now. The issue is if he is a communist right now, and I don't see much proof of that. Then again, I guess helping those at the low end of the ladder must be considered a communist in your eyes. By such logic, we should always condemn George Washington because he was a slave holder as were pretty much all the founding fathers of this countries, and they didn't even want to give rights to women, minorities, or those born outside the country shortly after the US Constitution was written. Just recently, there was a call to remove anything about Woodrow Wilson from Princeton University because of his past. Getting back to de Blasio, he was in Nicaragua during that time, but it didn't mean that he helped the Sandinistas especially since he was part of the Peace Corps, who happen to have no political involvement. BTW, most those of this country didn't see the Contras as an ally despite having a common enemy and just another authoritarian regime looking to rule, so for Ronald Regan to get the funding, he had to do a back door scheme known as the Iran-Contra in the hopes that he would never get caught with all of the third parties being involved. Nevertheless, I don't find de Blasio to be the same person he was then. As for the claims of being anti-Israel, he wouldn't have met with AIPAC, march in the Salute to Israel Parade, stand on the steps of City Hall with other politicians for Israel, or even agreed to visit Israel for an international mayor's conference in Jerusalem, though his trip was privately funded. More importantly, there are some news sources that do have biases against especially when the right wing media will never be on his side, while the left wing media does tend to understand him much better. In reality, how he's doing will always depend on what you happen to be reading. Overall, compared to how Bloomberg treated the bottom half, de Blasio is doing a much better job whether you like him or not. However, the election isn't for another two years and Adams is only considering to run for mayor, but he isn't made it official as of right now.
Dec. 10, 2015, 3:22 pm

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