Eric Adams (politician)
Eric Adams speaking at City Hall in New York City, October 5, 2008.
|18th Borough President of Brooklyn|
January 1, 2014
|Preceded by||Marty Markowitz|
|Member of the New York Senate
from the 20th district
January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2013
|Preceded by||Carl Andrews|
|Succeeded by||Jesse Hamilton III|
|Department||New York City Police Department|
|Years of service||1984 – 2006|
Eric Leroy Adams (born September 1, 1960) 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 Brownsville,Crown Heights,Flatbush,Park Slope,Prospect Heights, and Sunset Park. On November 5, 2013, Adams was elected Brooklyn Borough President, the first African-American to hold the position.
Prior to his election to the New York State Senate, Adams served as a police officer in the New York City Police Department (NYPD) for 22 years. Adams graduated from the New York City 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. 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
New York State Senate
Adams was first elected to the New York State Senate in 2006. While a state senator, Adams served as co-chair of New York's State Legislators Against Illegal Guns.
Adams was a vocal opponent of the NYPD's "stop and frisk" policy, which predominantly affected young Black and Latino men. He has sought to stop the NYPD from gathering data about individuals who have been stopped but not charged. In 2000, the United States Commission on Civil Rights concluded the City of New York’s street-stop policy constituted racial profiling. Adams supported calling for a federal investigation into current "stop-and-frisk" practices.
Adams was among the legislators who suggested a pay raise in 2008.
Adams and fellow state lawmakers wore hooded sweatshirts in the legislative chamber on March 12, 2012, in protest of the shooting of Trayvon Martin, a Florida teen who was killed by George Zimmerman.
- Devereaux, Ryan (May 18, 2012). "NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit Gets Class Action Status". The Rutherford Institute. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- Wansley, Terrance. "100 BLACKS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT WHO CARE". Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- Eric L. Adams, Office of the Brooklyn Borough President.
- Senatorial biography
- KATZ, CELESTE (May 24, 2010). "Adams, Jeffries Defend Stop-And-Frisk Bill". Daily News. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- 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.
- Danny Hakim & Trymaine Lee, New York Legislators Pushing to Raise Their Pay, New York Times (February 10, 2008).
- Seiler, Casey (March 27, 2012). "'Hooded' legislators make a point". Times Union. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
- Support (Dec 7, 2009). "Voice for Equality: NYS Senator, Eric Adams". Freedom To Marry. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
- 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|
|New York State Senate, 20th District
January 1, 2007 - December 31, 2013
David J. Valesky
|Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Aging
2013 - December 31, 2013
|Chairman of the Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering
|Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Homeland Security and Military Affairs
|Borough President of Brooklyn