Eric Adams, a former New York City police captain and member of the Democratic Party of the United States, was elected Tuesday, November 2, as the 110th mayor of New York City. He became the second black mayor in the city’s history, The New York Times reported.
The Democrat’s main rival was Republican Curtis Plumlee.
“Tonight New York City chose one of you – one of us. I am you. I am you,” the AP quoted Adams as telling his cheering supporters at his victory party.
Adams will officially take office as mayor on Jan. 1. His predecessor, Bill de Blasio, held the post for eight years. It is noted that he will have to face a lot of problems: the effects of the pandemic coronavirus infection, including the fragile and uneven economic recovery, rising crime and quality of life issues in the metropolitan area.
Adams’ victory seemed almost assured after he emerged victorious in the Democratic primary this summer in New York City, where Democrats outnumber Republicans by a factor of seven.
The Democrat will also face the choice of continuing or expanding the vaccination mandate imposed by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
On Oct. 20, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced mandatory vaccinations for fire and police departments. According to the mayor, those who refuse the vaccine will be placed on unpaid leave. This applies to the category of citizens who have not received at least one dose of the vaccine by November 1.
Already on Nov. 1, more than 10,000 New York City police officers, firefighters and other municipal employees have been placed on unpaid leave for failing to comply with the mayor’s order. About 2,300 firefighters in New York City went on sick leave because they don’t want to be vaccinated. Eighteen city fire stations have closed because of staff shortages.