According to forecasts, Democrat Eric Adams will become the 110th mayor of the US city of New York City. The 61-year-old former Brooklyn County Mayor won the vote in the city of eight million on Tuesday against Republican opponent Curtis Sliwa, The Associated Press and CNN reported. Adams will be New York City’s second black president from January.
He succeeds unpopular Bill de Blasio, who is no longer allowed to run for mayor after two terms in office. Adams was considered a moderate candidate who wanted to lead the highest office along a path between the forces of the left and the center. In addition to economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – which has killed more than 30,000 New Yorkers – one of Adam’s toughest tasks will likely be dealing with the police properly. On the campaign trail, he had promised a balance between his friendly attitude toward the often-criticized emergency services and justice, especially for blacks, in the face of structural racism.
Adams was a former police officer himself and, unlike some New Yorkers, opposed the massive $6 billion budget cut by the New York City Police Department (NYPD). Fighting crime is one of his most important tasks. In addition to security, the future mayor also promised to take measures against expensive housing, investments in schools and 480 kilometers of new bike lanes during the election campaign.
In the United States, New York City is also more politically important than other cities, as it is considered a benchmark for progressive politics. In the stronghold of the Liberals, Adam’s victory over Sliwa was almost nominal.
In addition to the mayor’s office, the new head of the attorney general’s office and new members of the New York City Council were appointed on Tuesday. It also decided on a number of potential constitutional amendments – including amending the right to clean air, clean water and a healthy environment. At first there were no results there.
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