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Eric Adams (politician)

Eric Adams
Eric Adams speaking at City Hall in New York City, October 5, 2008.
18th Borough President of Brooklyn
Assumed office
January 1, 2014
Preceded by Marty Markowitz
Member of the New York Senate
from the 20th district
In office
January 2007 – December 31, 2013
Preceded by Carl Andrews
Succeeded by office vacant
Personal details
Profession Police Officer
Police career
Department New York City Police Department
Years of service 1984–2006
Rank Police Officer

Eric L. Adams is the Borough President of Brooklyn, New York City. Previously, he was a Democratic State Senator in the New York Senate, representing the 20th Senate District, which includes the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Flatbush, Crown Heights, Park Slope, Sunset Park and Prospect Heights. On November 5, 2013, Adams was elected Brooklyn Borough President, the first African-American to hold the office.

Prior to his election to the State Senate, Adams served as a police officer in the New York City Police Department for 22 years.[1] Adams graduated from the Police Academy in 1984 as the highest ranked student of his class. He started in the New York City Transit Police and worked in the 6th precinct in Greenwich Village, the 94th precinct in Greenpoint and the 88th precinct covering Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. While serving, he co-founded 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, an advocacy group for black police officers, and often spoke out against police brutality and racial profiling.[2] During the 1990s Adams served as president of the Grand Council of Guardians. Adams rose to prominence during the 90s, after a series of "friendly fire" shootings by white police officers against black officers.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Politics 2
    • State Senate 2.1
  • Reference List 3
  • See also 4
  • External links 5

Early life and education

Adams was raised in Bushwick, Brooklyn and South Jamaica, Queens attending Brooklyn Tech and Bayside High School.

Adams received his A.A. from City Tech and his B.A. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He has a Master of Public Administration degree from Marist College.[3]


In 1994 Adams unsuccessfully ran against Major Owens for the 11th Congressional seat in Central Brooklyn.

State Senate

Adams was first elected to the New York Senate in 2006. While a state senator Adams was Co-Chair of New York's State Legislators Against Illegal Guns.

Senator Eric Adams has been vocal with regard to the "Stop-and-frisk in New York City" policy that has predominantly targeted young Black and Latino men. He has sought to stop the New York City Police Department from gathering data about individuals who have been stopped but not charged.[4] In 2000, the U. S. Commission of Civil Rights concluded the City of New York’s street-stop policy constituted racial profiling[5] Adams supported the calling for a federal investigation into current "stop-and-frisk" practices.[5]

Mr Adams was among the legislators who suggested a pay raise in 2008. [6]

Senator Adams along with fellow state lawmakers wore hooded sweatshirts in chamber on March 12, 2012.[7] The demonstration was performed in solidarity with the family of Trayvon Martin, a Florida teen who was gunned down by a neighborhood watch officer who told police was "acting suspicious".[7]

On December 2, 2009 Senator Adams was one of the 24 Senators to vote in favor of marriage equality in New York State.[8] Senator Adams spoke personally and powerfully in support of the freedom to marry during the pre-vote debate.[8]

Eric Adams is also a Language Arts teacher at Dumbarton Middle School.

Reference List

  1. ^ Devereaux, Ryan (May 18, 2012). "NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit Gets Class Action Status". The Rutherford Institute. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Wansley, Terrance. "100 BLACKS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT WHO CARE". Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Senatorial biography
  4. ^ KATZ, CELESTE (May 24, 2010). "Adams, Jeffries Defend Stop-And-Frisk Bill". Daily News. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Schuh, Jamie (October 20, 2011). "NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy demands a federal probe: It's race-based and ineffective". Daily News. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  6. ^ New York Legislators Pushing to Raise Their Pay By DANNY HAKIM and TRYMAINE LEE, NY Times, February 10, 2008
  7. ^ a b Seiler, Casey (March 27, 2012). Hooded' legislators make a point"'". Times Union. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Support (Dec 7, 2009). "Voice for Equality: NYS Senator, Eric Adams". Freedom To Marry. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 

See also

External links

  • Official Brooklyn borough president website
  • Eric Adams for Brooklyn Borough President 2013
  • Elect Eric Adams for Brooklyn Borough President 2013 on Facebook
  • New York State Senate: Eric Adams (archived)
  • 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Carl Andrews
New York State Senate, 20th District
January 1, 2007 - December 31, 2013
Preceded by
David J. Valesky
Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Aging
2013 - December 31, 2013
Preceded by
Bill Larkin
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering
Succeeded by
John Bonacic
Preceded by
Vincent Leibell
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Homeland Security and Military Affairs
Succeeded by
Greg Ball
Political offices
Preceded by
Marty Markowitz
Borough President of Brooklyn
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