Six Queens Elected Officials Endorse Eric Adams — the “King of Queens” — as He Releases “Heart of the City” Plan

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Senator James Sanders, Assemblymembers Alicia Hyndman and Clyde Vanel, and City Council Members Adrienne Adams, Selvena Brooks-Powers and Peter Koo endorsed Eric Adams for Mayor of New York City—bringing his total Queens endorsements to 19 elected officials. At the event outside Jamaica Colosseum Mall, Adams also announced his “Heart of the City” plan for revitalization of the outer boroughs.

“Our city is facing many tough problems and we need a strong leader to be our new mayor, someone to help bring our city back to vibrancy following the coronavirus pandemic, civil unrest and economic decline,” said State Senator James Sanders Jr. “There is only one candidate with the strength, the knowledge and the fortitude to take on these issues and usher us into a new age of prosperity, and that candidate is Eric Adams. His long-time career in public service speaks for itself: two decades in law enforcement, three terms as a New York State Senator and now Brooklyn Borough President since 2014. He gets the job done. I am proud to endorse Eric Adams as the next Mayor of New York City.”

“I am proudly endorsing Eric Adams for Mayor of New York City,” said Assemblymember Alicia Hyndman. “Eric has served this state as Senator, the City in the service of public safety and the borough of Brooklyn as Borough President over the past two decades. He is never too far to reach and most importantly, a man of his word. I believe that Eric will aid my District 29 constituents, businesses, schools and homeowners to find relief and their new “normal” as our Mayor. Adams can count on District 29 – because I’m sure we can count on him.”

“I think Eric Adams, who has roots in Queens, is the right leader at the right time, to lead New York City,” said Assemblymember Clyde Vanel. “His vision, experience and his ability to bring different people of New York City together is unmatched.”

“Eric Adams’ dedication and commitment to the people of New York has been solid for over 30 years,” said Council Member Adrienne Adams. “His unyielding passion for public service is interwoven into the fabric of this City and his vision to bring us back even better than before is inspiring. Eric knows every corner of New York – his leadership capabilities are unquestionable, his experience undeniable. For these reasons and more, I endorse Eric Adams for Mayor of New York City.”

“Eric is the best qualified candidate. Eric understands public safety. Eric understands education, he was a public education student all his life.” Council Member said Peter Koo. “He comes from a working family. He understands that housing is one of the most critical issues.”

“I stand with Eric because he is someone who I know is principled, is a fighter. This is someone who has sat with families who have lost loved ones. We need strong leadership to get New York City and especially Southeast Queens and Far Rockaway.” said Council Member Sylvena Brooks-Powers.

Adams also announced his “Heart of the City” plan, focused on supporting local small business growth, leveling the City contracting playing field for minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs), putting public safety first, and keeping the outer boroughs moving through improved public transportation.“I was born in Brownsville and raised in South Jamaica. There’s no question that the outer boroughs are in my heart, and they will be at the center of every decision I make at City Hall. Our communities demand more than respect; we expect results,” said Eric Adams.

 The “Heart of the City” plan includes:Supporting Small Business Growth: Launching a “back office” assistance initiative through local chambers of commerce to support accounting and compliance needs for mom-and-pops and new entrepreneurs; eliminating filing and registration fees for new or restarted businesses; making the permitting process easier and cheaper through our new online portal, and instituting a warning system for relatively minor violations so first-time offenders are educated instead of fined; creating a formal local banking network to expand support for small businesses in communities of color, and helping these lenders have a more robust equity base

With the new endorsements, Adams has now been backed by 19 Queens elected officials, including Rep. Tom Suozzi, Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar, Council Members Francisco Moya and Daneek Miller, and eight District Leaders.

Adams has also been endorsed by DC37, the Hotel Trades Council, OPEIU Local 153, 32BJ SEIU, and the OFOA, as well as State Sens. Diane Savino, Roxanne Persaud and Andrew Gounardes; Former Bronx Borough President Freddy Ferrer, Assms. Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, Inez Dickens, Jaime Williams, Peter Abbate, and Erik Dilan; Council Members Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Justin Brannan, Laurie Cumbo, Darma Diaz, Farah Louis, Alan Maisel and Ydanis Rodriguez; former U.S. Representatives Charles Rangel and Edolphus Towns; and former Bronx Deputy Borough President and longtime Assembly Member Aurelia Greene.

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