Eric Adams ‘Working Towards City Hall’

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams (Photo from Twitter/@bpericadams via Gotham Gazette)

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who has made his desire to run for mayor “clear for years,” said on an episode of Gotham Gazette’s Max & Murphy podcast on May 1 that he has started his path toward a run for the city’s top seat in 2021. Caitlin Bishop writes in the publication that the borough president, now in his second term, publicly expressed for the first time “insight into his vision for running the city and what part of his campaign pitch will be.”

Adams described on the podcast how his work and positions are distinct from other candidates.

That difference comes in part from Adams’ background in policing. For 22 years, the borough president was a member of the NYPD. In the early 1990s, he said on Tuesday, he was active in developing the management system CompStat under Police Commissioner Bill Bratton — a system that has been credited for helping to drastically reduce crime and, according to Adams, “changed the culture of policing not only for New York but for the rest of America.”

“When the police department made this change, every agency should have followed,” Adams said, pivoting toward his vision for managing the city’s immense bureaucracy and dozens of agencies. “We have enough money, the right agencies, and the right people in place, but the systems are broken.”

A CompStat approach across all agencies, Adams said, would include technology to inspect and track progress in “real time.” “I’m going to professionalize our agencies so…we can start seeing our results not yearly, but daily. CompStat would be a model that would be used in every agency.”

Adams discusses a wide range of topics including unemployment, NYCHA, campaign finance and public health on the podcast. Read more on the interview, and listen to the Max & Murphy episode, at Gotham Gazette.

Another indication that Adams is running? A 2021 website, as Julianne Cuba points out in Brooklyn Daily.

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