Eric Adams, 22-year veteran of the New York Police Department and state senator since 2007, is as of now, facing no real opposition for the job of Brooklyn Borough President as his main competition, Carlo Scissura withdrew from the race today.
Adams represents the people of the 20th Senate District, which includes the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Flatbush, Crown Heights, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace and Prospect Heights. He is perhaps most well-known for his controversial campaign to get teenage boys to pick up their low-hanging pants. Adams was a co-founder of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, a group that supports and advocates for black police officers.
Scissura, who until today was Adams’ strongest challenger for the $160,000 a year beep job, is the current borough president’s chief advisor. Beginning in September Scissura will become the head of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, which is presumably the reason he stepped out of the race for borough president.
At the moment no other Democratic challengers for the job have made their presence known. As far as a Republican challenger, there is a Brooklyn tradition that Republicans put up a weak challenger without much backing, since it is believed that the party is does not garner enough borough-wide support to win the seat of borough president.
In a statement in which Scissura explained why he accepted the Chamber of Commerce job he said, “With all of the exciting changes going on in Brooklyn, I can’t think of a better time to take on this wonderful new opportunity.”
Borough President Marty Markowitz said that losing Scissura will be “like losing a son.”