Brooklyn borough president hopeful Eric Adams set to receive backing of Marty Markowitz

Posted on 18 March 2013 by admin

 

The front-runner in the Brooklyn Borough President’s race wants to poach tourists from Manhattan hotspots — and is set to land the endorsement of the man he’s seeking to replace.

Marty Markowitz plans to back state Sen. Eric Adams as he kicks off his campaign on Sunday.

“Sen. Adams is running strong even without a headline opponent,” political consultant Lupe Todd said. “At this point, it’s his race to lose. And I don’t foresee that happening.”

In addition to luring more tourists to Brooklyn, the retired police captain wants to create NYPD-esque “quality-of-life” programs that include basic money management courses sponsored by banks, expanded tutoring for kids and computer instruction for seniors.

“It’s all about improving people’s lives,” said Adams, during an interview in a Prospect Heights restaurant.

Adams has raised nearly $420,000 from about 2,500 contributors in his historic bid to become the borough’s first African-American beep.

After 12 years in office, the boisterous Markowitz is term limited out in 2013.

State Senator Eric Adams

The outgoing borough president is lending his support to State Senator Eric Adams, who has thus far raised $420,000 in contributions for his campaign. Experts predict Adams will win, becoming the borough’s first black president.

But many local pols, including City Councilman Domenic Recchia (D-Coney Island), have scoffed at running for the seat, citing its lack of power.

Adams believes the spot involves more than ribbon- cuttings.

“I must be bold,” he said. “I believe my role as borough president must be as an advocate. And it must be a place where real resources are used.”

That includes hiring interns or part-time workers to hang out in Manhattan tourist attractions like Times Square and encourage tourists to visit Brooklyn attractions like Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park in Coney Island, The New York Aquarium and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

“My goal is to make Brooklyn the hottest tourist attraction,” said Adams. “They will come to Brooklyn if they know it exists.”

Adams dreamed of becoming a politician ever since he visited Washington during an elementary school graduation trip. On the bus back, Adams proclaimed to his classmates one day he’d be elected a legislator.

“All the kids laughed,” he remembered. “A kid from South Jamaica doesn’t become an elected official.”

That changed when he was elected to the state Senate’s 20th District, a diverse area which includes Crown Heights, Flatbush, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace and Prospect Heights.

Before running for office, Adams spent 21 years in the NYPD working his way up the ranks — and rankling bosses.

In 1995, Adams and other black officers founded 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care. As a spokesman for the group, Adams was a frequent critic of NYPD policies, and repeatedly urged the department to hire and promote additional minority officers.
That advocacy has helped him gain broad union support and an increased public profile.

His vast local popularity hasn’t scared off a new opponent, John Gangemi, who served as an at-large City Councilman for the borough in the 1970s. But the former city lawmaker has been working as an attorney in private practice for decades and hasn’t raised campaign cash aside from some contributions from family.

rblau@nydailynews.com
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