ERIC Adams has a lot to celebrate.
Eric Adams is running for NYC mayorCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Who is Eric Adams?
Adams, 60, is a retired police officer, politician, and author.
Since 2014, he has been the 18th Brooklyn Borough President and is currently running for in the 2021 mayoral election.
A 1984 graduate of the New York City Police Academy, Adams received his master’s degree in public administration from Marist College.
Adams served as a NYC officer for 22 years before getting into politics.
According to his website, when he was just 15-years-old he was beaten by police officers in a precinct basement and then made the decision to join the academy to spark change.
Since joining the police force, he founded 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, an advocacy group that focuses on fighting injustices between the African American community and the NYC Police Department.
Adams is also one of six children and was raised in Jamaica, Queens, by a single mother who cleaned houses.
Adams campaign is centered around crime and public safety reform
What are Eric Adams’ policies?
Adam’s campaign is centered on crime and public safety.
According to his campaign website, his governmental policies include:
A More Efficient City
- Closing the budget gap without affecting public services
- Instituting real-time governing
- Finding and eliminating waste
- Building a digital platform, MyCity, for New Yorkers to access all City services
- Creating a Recovery Score to track progress with analytics
- Coordinate a real-time delivery service under his First Deputy Mayor
A More Equal City
- Connecting the poor to desperately needed services in low-income neighborhoods
- Using his leverage as a cline and his spending to create a fairer economy
- Allowing tax-paying legal immigrants to vote in municipal elections
His website also lists that his safety policies include:
Lower Crime Through Precision Public Safety
- Reinventing the anti-crime unit as an anti-gun unit, using cops with the skills and temperament to balance community relations and catch the bad guys
- Shifting detectives and other officers from low-crime areas to crime hot-spots when surges occur
- Strengthening handgun laws so that New York City residents are not put at risk by lax laws in other counties and municipalities
True Police Reform Through Diversity and Transparency
- Adding Black and Brown officers who will respect and protect New Yorkers
- Appointing the city’s first woman police commissioner
- Making it easier for good cops to identify bad cops–and publicizing the list of cops being monitored for bad behavior
- Empowering communities to have a say in their precinct leadership
If elected to office, Adams also wants to tackle other pressing issues in education, healthcare, housing, and work on changing the economy for the better.
Eric Adams is a retired police captainCredit: Getty
Is Eric Adams married?
Along with being a mayoral candidate, Adams is also a husband and father.
Adams is married to Tracey Collins and together have one child, a son, Jordan, 25.
Not much information is available on his wife, but she currently works as a NYC educator
Adams opened up in June 2021 about his private life and said that he prefers to keep it that way.
“Throughout my entire police career, none of my colleagues knew I had a son. I wanted to shield him from the reality of what I was doing. I became very private,” he said.
“My secrecy is my family. I signed up for this life. They did not sign up for this life.”
His son Jordan is currently an American actor and director.
He is best known for voicing Tyrone in seasons two and three of The Backyardigans.
Jordan also starred in Payin’ the Price back in 2011.
Adams prefers to keep his family life privateCredit: Reuters
Is Eric Adams vegan?
On June 1, 2021, Adams opened up to the New York Post about how becoming a vegan, saved his life.
In 2016, Adams started a vegan diet after temporally losing his vision to Type 2 diabetes.
Adams was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes after years of eating junk food which led to weight gain, his vision loss, and other symptoms.
“I had permanent nerve damage in my hands and feet that the doctors stated would lead to amputation,” Adams told the New York Post. “I [also] had high blood pressure and high cholesterol.”
After searching on Google about reversing the diabetes, he then found a doctor in Ohio who advised him to change his diet and three weeks after becoming a vegan, he regained his vision and after three months, the nerve damage disappeared.
He told the New York Post that he has lost 35 pounds since his transition, and also lowed his cholesterol by 30 points.
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