As predicted by early polls, Democratic mayoral nominee Eric Adams easily beat Republican rival Curtis Sliwa in the New York City mayoralty race on Tuesday night.
Voting results after voting ends show that Adams handily beat Sliwa to become the second black mayor in the city’s history when he is sworn in New Year’s Day to succeed Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was term-limited after eight years in office.
Adams, the ex-cop, former state senator, and current Brooklyn borough president will take the reins of a Big Apple in January 1 wherein he will tackle a sharp rise in violent crime that is still shaking off the effects of more than a year of COVID-19 shutdowns.
In his pre-election rally, Adams brag about his work ethic and deep commitment.
Adams, who slept in his office during the pandemic, said New Yorkers aren’t “used to someone committed and dedicated to this city.
“They’re not used to someone committed and dedicated to the city,” Adams said on Monday.
In the rally, Adams also joked about his nightlife habits, including visits to an exclusive members-only club in Soho.
“When I’m up I’m not only at Zero Bond I’m at Ground Zero helping out people,” he said.
Adams has refused to categorically answer if he will extend the vaccine mandate under his term if he wins the NYC mayoral elections.
Adams said he cannot give an answer to that question now since he does not want to add tensions in the city.
“What I don’t want to do is add to the tension already in our city,” Adams said.
“We have one mayor, and it is his responsibility to bring everyone over this finish line. And I am not going to be disruptive to that process before Election Day,” Adams added.
Despite his vaccine mandate stance, Adams called on unvaccinated cops and firefighters Saturday to get the jab and get back to work.
“I would encourage my police, my firefighters — we took an oath,” Adams, a former cop said.
Adams also appealed to all unvaccinated city workers to push their respective unions to reach an agreement with City Hall.