Eric Adams will be the next mayor of New York City.
The Democrat cruised to victory Tuesday night over Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa in a race that was called by the Associated Press shortly after the polls closed at 9 pm.
Come Jan. 1, the ex-cop, former state senator and current Brooklyn borough president will take the reins of a Big Apple confronted with a sharp rise in violent crime that is still shaking off the effects of more than a year of COVID-19 shutdowns.
Adams — who rose from poverty, was beaten by cops and then joined the NYPD, becoming a reformer, handily beat Guardian Angels founder and ex-radio host Curtis Sliwa, election results show.
Adams will become only the second black mayor in the city’s history, when he is sworn in New Year’s Day to succeed Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was term-limited after eight years in office.
Adams cast his ballot at his Bedford-Stuyvesant poll site Tuesday morning while clutching a photo of his late mother Dorothy Adams. After voting, Adams grew emotional, pausing multiple times to wipe away tears as he paid tribute to his recently deceased mom.
When Adams takes his new office he will be tasked with managing the city’s $99 billion budget, 300,000-strong workforce, educating nearly 1 million kids in public schools and tackling a deadly surge in shootings.
Adams dominated the general election but only narrowly edged out his Democratic rivals — former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, fromer top de Blasio aide Maya Wiley and entrepreneur Andrew Yang — in a crowded primary election with a tough-on-crime platform and overwhelming support from working- and middle-class black and Latino voters across the five boroughs.
The Democrat Party’s massive advantages in voter registration and turnout meant that the also tough-on-crime, but political novice, Sliwa spent the entire race attempting to bait Adams into gaffes and political mistakes, a strategy the veteran politician foiled by mostly ignoring his GOP rival‘s provocations.
Adams has vowed to reverse several of de Blasio’s failed policing and school initiatives.
He said he will revive the NYPD’s plainclothes anti-crime unit tasked with firearms arrests; tweak the Gifted and Talented program for elementary school students, which Hizzoner proposed dismantling and integrating into regular classrooms; and make City Hall more business-friendly than it was under his predecessor.
He has also vowed a crackdown on quality-of-life nuisances like illegal dirt bikes and graffiti, while punishing “abusive” cops within 90 days of their infractions.