Adams was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He got his start in politics after serving in the NYPD for 22 years, co-founding “100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care”, a group that spoke out against police brutality from within the force, as he was beaten by cops himself as a teen. In 2006, he was elected to the State Senate and represented the neighborhoods of Crown Heights, Brownsville, and Park Slope for 4 terms. He was elected as Brooklyn Borough President in 2013 and was re-elected in 2017.
Adams believes in prioritizing small businesses, especially those owned by minorities and women. He believes the City should maximize its resources and use its regulatory powers to deal with structural and economic social issues. For him, this also entails eliminating fees for starting a small business, instituting a warning system for violations that don’t pose immediate danger, and maximizing use of City assets.
Adams wants to bring the City out of serious economic trouble that has been caused by the pandemic. However, he also emphasizes the pervasive inequality seen in vast wealth disparities among minorities. He seeks to create an equitable, inclusive economy that accounts for Black and Brown communities. He believes in the investment of green infrastructure projects through a municipal bond program.
Adams seeks to reimagine the City’s education system and eliminating its racial disparities. He aims to desegregate schools institute a year-round school year, expand school and instruction options, prioritize universal access to both online and in-person classes, provide strictly healthy food in schools, and focus on the holistic growth of every student. His immediate focus is on improving remote learning by offering free internet access/service to lower-income New Yorkers. He also plans on offering clear paths to college and careers through schools, such as the Brooklyn STEAM center, a facility that offers high school students real-world work experience in emerging professions.
Adams wants to protect public health by first taming COVID. He seeks to institute a color-coded vaccination program to ensure we reach herd immunity and vaccinate the most vulnerable New Yorkers as quickly as possible, send community health workers directly into neighborhoods with high morbidity rates, expand access to Telehealth, build out a robust rapid-testing program, and set up COVID care centers in NYCHA complexes and in vacant storefronts in lower-income communities.
Adams believes in protecting New Yorkers through police reformation, especially with communities of color since they’re the hardest hit. He believes that the NYPD is needed but just needs reformation. As a police officer, he helped develop COMPStat, a system of tracking crime and analyzing data that helped drastically reduce crime rates. He asserts that he can properly tackle crime with new technologies, “good old fashioned” police work, and better relations with the communities the NYPD serves.
Adams thinks that affordable housing can be and should be put anywhere it can go as long as it benefits those who need it. He wants to rapidly build new affordable housing while protecting existing apartments. He seeks to expand the options for where New Yorkers can live and work. He wishes to raise funds to save NYCHA tenants from dilapidated buildings.
32BJ SEIU, The Bridge and Tunnel Officers Benevolent Association, District Council 37, New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, New York State Court Officers Association, New York State Public Employees Federation, Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 153, Uniformed Fire Officers Association, Grand Council of Guardians, Italian American Political Action Committee, Our Time Press, Martin Luther King Jr. Democratic Club, National Latino Peace Officers Association NY Chapter, Vanguard Independent Democratic Association, Village Reform Democratic Club, Vulcan Society, Rep. Tom Suozzi; state Sens. Andrew Gounardes, Roxanne Persaud and Diane Savino; Assembly Members Peter Abbate, Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, Inez Dickens, Erik Dilan, Jenifer Rajkumar, José Rivera, and Jaime Williams; New York City Council Members Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Justin Brannan, Laurie Cumbo, Darma Diaz, Farah Louis, Alan Maisel, I. Daneek Miller, Francisco Moya, and Ydanis Rodriguez; former Reps. Charlie Rangel and Ed Towns; former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer; former Assembly Members Karim Camara and Aurelia Greene; former New York Mets pitcher Dwight “Doc” Gooden