NEW YORK – A leading candidate in the New York mayoral race is facing the heat of his opponents after a report failed to clarify whether he was living full-time in the Big Apple.
Eric Adams, who is the chairman of the Brooklyn Borough and the frontrunner of the Democratic mayor’s primary on June 22, dismissed allegations Wednesday that he did not live in New York City, commuted a co-op that ‘he owned with his partner at Fort Lee. , New Jersey, and misused a government building as a campaign office.
Controversy erupted after Politico published an article detailing the discrepancies between Adams’ ownership and campaign records and the late nights he spent in his government office in Brooklyn Borough Hall.
In turn, Adams welcomed a handful of reporters to his Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment, touring the basement rooms and showing them his refrigerator.
“How stupid would someone have to be to run for mayor of New York City and live in another town,” Adams told reporters who gathered, according to Politico and The New York Times.
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The story quickly became campaign fodder for Adams’ opponents. Andrew Yang, who has faced his own attacks, including from Adams, over whether he is a “real” New Yorker, tweeted, “I don’t think he lives there,” after visiting the apartment.
His campaign managers posted a list of questions for Adams, asking if he would post his EZPass tapes, which would show toll crossings, why he had run virtual candidate forums from Borough Hall and how the traffic was in Fort. Lee.
Another contestant’s campaign, Maya Wiley, released her own questions earlier in the day, inquiring about the rent payment for a campaign office.
According to Politico’s story, Adams moved into Brooklyn Borough Hall last March as he faced the COVID-19 pandemic, but he has been regularly observed entering at midnight and not leaving until the next morning no more. late than last week. Politico also reported that his schedule in his official capacity as Borough President was light as he used the building late in the evening.
Adams is registered to vote in the Bedford-Stuyvesant townhouse he owns, but in a downstairs unit. Adams showed reporters a unit in the basement, and Politico reported that a tenant had lived on the first floor for years. Evan Thies, a campaign spokesperson, told the outlet that the gap was due to recent renovations.
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The tour of the apartments also led some Twitter users, including campaigns by opponents, tweet an old photo of Adams’ refrigerator and compare it to the one shown to reporters on Wednesday. Some have noted that Bedford-Stuyvesant’s refrigerator contains sausages even though Adams is vegan. Adams said some of the food was his son’s.
Adams also owns a co-op in Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, which was listed on campaign documents, and the Fort Lee co-op, Politico reported. Thies told Politico Adams that he sometimes spent the night in New Jersey before the pandemic, but has stopped crossing state borders regularly since the pandemic.
Politico reported that Adams’ track record on the Virtual Candidate Forums, which has been a staple of the mayoral race, has changed steadily. The New York Times, citing opposition research, reported that Adams had called from New Jersey at least seven times.
Recent polls have shown Adams to be the favorite to win the primary, within two weeks. However, this year’s election will feature a ranked choice vote, allowing voters to choose their top five candidates.