Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’ two remaining rivals for the Democratic mayoral nomination — Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley — officially ended their campaigns to become the Big Apple’s 110th mayor.
The concessions came just hours after new figures from the Board of Elections showed Adams taking a likely insurmountable lead of more than 8,000 votes over Garcia with fewer than 19,000 ballots still outstanding in the Democratic mayoral primary to replace Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The Associated Press called the race for Adams.
“This campaign has come closer than any other moment in history to breaking that glass ceiling and selecting New York City’s first female mayor,” the former Sanitation Commissioner told reporters standing in front of the women’s rights monument in Central Park. “We cracked the hell out of it! And it’s ready to be broken.”
She said she had called Adams to congratulate him on his victory.
Garcia was given long odds when she jumped into the mayoral race last fall as few political observers thought the political novice — who has worked in city government but had never before run for elected office — could make inroads in the crowded field.
Wiley came in third and was eliminated in the penultimate round of the ranked-choice vote.
“This is only the second time a black New Yorker has been elected mayor of the city and that has tremendous meaning for so many New Yorkers, particularly black people,” said Wiley, jumping the gun a bit ahead of the general election.
Adams still must beat Republican nominee Curtis Sliwa, a former radio talk show host, in November to become the Big Apple’s next mayor — but he is heavily favored in the general election as Democrats dominate politics across the five boroughs.
Wiley, a civil rights attorney, offered her concession in a press conference held outside of the Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side, which became a flashpoint in the roiling debate over how to care for the homeless during the coronavirus pandemic amid complaints about public drug use and other quality of life concerns on nearby blocks.
That fight, she said, became one of the motivating factors that pushed her into the race, saying that it “symbolized” the “critical importance of leadership that recognizes that our greatest resources are our people.”
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