ERIC ADAMS 2017
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ABOUT ERIC L. ADAMS
Following a distinguished 22-year career in the NYC Police Department, Eric L. Adams traded his blue uniform for a blue suit when the residents of the 20th Senatorial District elected him to the New York State Senate.
Eric was drawn to public service at an early age, wanting to go into law enforcement as early as age 15 after he and one of his brothers were beaten badly by police officers. In 1984, Eric graduated from the Police Academy as the highest-ranked student in his class, and ultimately retired having attained the rank of captain.
As the four-term representative of the 20th State Senatorial District, covering Borough Park, Crown Heights, Flatbush, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Sunset Park and Windsor Terrace, Eric worked on issues that mattered to his constituents, including affordable housing, educational funding and preventative health. He became a champion on statewide matters such as good government, workers’ rights, quality of life concerns and public safety. In particular, Eric effectively organized support against the NYPD’s controversial stop, question and frisk policy and on behalf of gun control. In his district, Eric also became known for initiatives like his “Stop the Sag” campaign, which spoke out against youth wearing low-hanging pants, as well as his efforts to tackle child abuse, conflict resolution, parental empowerment and protecting small businesses.
In 2013, Eric was elected by Brooklynites to be the first African-American to serve as Brooklyn Borough President. Throughout his years in public service, Eric Adams has joined forces with hundreds of community groups and civic organizations to assist them on matters concerning public schools, urban economic development, fair and affordable housing, civil rights, and political accountability. Always an outspoken advocate for justice, he has testified before the U.S. Federal Human Rights Commission, at numerous New York City Council hearings, and in United States Federal Court. He has contributed both his passion and his unique community-based criminal justice perspective to numerous issues. Whether speaking about various tragedies affecting the communities that he serves or fighting for after-school programs for at-risk teens, Eric Adams has spent his career advocating for the rights and progress of hardworking, everyday New Yorkers.
Eric Adams received his Masters Degree in Public Administration from Marist College and is a graduate of New York City Technical College and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is a proud product of New York City public schools and maintains residences in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Prospect Heights, where he has resided for over twenty years. He enjoys riding the streets of Brooklyn on his bicycle, meditation and exploring new cultures and places.