African American Adams wins the Democrats’ primaries by a thread
Washington – The dream of the first woman mayor in 400 years of history has vanished. Democratic New York in the primary polls has chosen to focus on a former policeman, Eric Adams, that on the thread of wool prevailed over her rival Kathryn Garcia: never had anyone like her come within a whisker of the undertaking, from breaking that crystal ceiling which remained however once again intact.
Disappointment instead for Maya Wiley, the candidate of the left supported by the passionate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, came only third. Adams, 60, currently president of the Brooklyn constituency, the largest in the metropolis, is thus preparing to become the second first New Yorker of African American origins: before him David Dinkins, in the early 1990s. The chances of victory for the Republican candidate who will challenge in the polls on November 2nd are very low.
This is Curtis Sliwa, 67, of Polish and Italian origins, founder of the Guardian Angels, a private and voluntary public safety organization founded in 1979 to fight crime in New York and today present in 142 cities around the world. It is precisely on security that the New York electoral campaign has so far focused, with a crime rate that with the pandemic and the deep economic crisis is returning to the Big Apple to the levels of the 90s, before the drastic treatment of mayors like Rudolph Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg. The numbers speak for themselves: just last weekend, that of July 4 and Independence Day, in New York there were 26 victims including dead and wounded in 21 shootings in the four corners of the city.
An alarming situation that in the last few hours has led Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign a decree in which the violence of firearms is declared an emergency in the state, with restrictive measures also coming against manufacturers and traders of guns and rifles. Adams’ long experience as captain of the largest police department in the country it was therefore instrumental in its success, built thanks to a coalition formed by the African American and Hispanic communities but also by most of the moderate New Yorkers opposed to what are considered excesses of the left, starting with the request to remove funds from the police. But to deliver the victory to Adams was also his particular attention to the working and working class, he who comes from humble origins and who from the beginning defined himself as the candidate of the blue suits. This is in contrast with Kathryn Garcia, former city councilor of Bill de Blasio’s council, popular especially in wealthy Manhattan.
“This is a working class victory,” Adams’ first words after his opponents conceded the victory. A concession that was not immediate, with a contested vote to the last. Only 8,400 preferences separate Adams from Garcia, not even 1%. And composing a democratic environment profoundly marked by divisions appears, in view of November, the most difficult accomplishment for those who are preparing to become the new mayor of the largest city in America.