Correspondent in New York
Democratic candidate Eric Adams met the predictions and won the election for mayor of New York on Tuesday, the largest city in the US and its economic and cultural capital. Adams, a former police captain elected at a time of increasing insecurity in the Big Apple, easily beat Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa. Adams will be the 110th mayor in New York history and the second in the black community.
Sliwa, a colorful candidate, founder of the Guardian Angels – a volunteer crime protection group – and radio host, led a campaign full of personal attacks against Adams.
His vehemence was not enough in a city that had become a progressive bastion, and in which its next councilor made up his mind almost entirely in the Democratic primaries last June. Then, Adams won the favorite in the opening bars -the former presidential candidate Andrew Yang- and several leftist candidates, in the ideological battle that unraveled the Democratic party in recent years and that is repeated both locally and nationally.
Adams will succeed in office as of January 1, Bill de Blasio, who became mayor in 2014 and dLeave a city full of problems: still affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, in need of economic recovery, with weakened public services and, above all, in a wave of insecurity that has come since last year.