Mayoral candidate Eric Adams got a double dose of Rockaway support on Friday, April 30, as State Senator Joe Addabbo Jr. and Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato met Adams at Beach 116th Street to offer their endorsements for him and his campaign. Addabbo and Adams were colleagues in the State Senate and Addabbo relayed how working with Adams showed he is a bridge builder and effective negotiator.
Although he is currently the Brooklyn Borough President, Adams was raised mostly in South Jamaica, Queens and recalled happy days in Rockaway. “This was our south of France. This is our Hamptons.. ... Some people will state that it’s good to be back here, but I've never left. I am a Queens child, and I wear that proudly as I look to serve the outer boroughs.”
Adams said all ferry routes and ridership should be examined for cost-saving but actually proposed expanding the Rockaway ferry system including integrating the subway fare and keeping the current fare at $2.75. “One price,” he said. “You should be able to get on the subway, the bus and any other MTA use of the transit system. If you don’t take the (Rockaway) A train, you’re basically stuck. So, we can't have a conversation of changing of the streetscape and there being too many vehicles on the road without alternative transportation.”
Prior to entering politics, Adams was a member of the NYPD for more than twenty years, rising to the rank of captain. In a race with several candidates, recent polls show Adams trailing only Andrew Yang.
With her support, Pheffer Amato said, “I'm endorsing Eric because he has a proven track record in this city, at a time where we can't afford to get it wrong. Eric is the blue collar, working class candidate we need. Eric may be Brooklyn borough president, but he is also the Queens candidate, and the candidate to take our city out of this pandemic and make sure that we live in a city that works for all."
“Eric will fight every day to make New York City safer, healthier, and more resilient for all of us.” Addabbo added. “I am proud to join this movement to elect Eric Adams as the next great mayor of our five boroughs."
Addabbo and Amato weren’t the only notable electeds who offered backing. Over the weekend, former Rockaway City Councilman and now Queens Borough President Donovan Richards also announced his support for Adams. “Our city is facing a crisis on every front. A social justice crisis, an economic crisis, a public health crisis, and the list goes on. The only way to bounce back properly is to have leadership we can trust. Eric is consistent and his positions don’t change for political convenience,” Richards said. “He’s the steady hand we need right now and I’m proud to stand by him.”
The mayoral primary is Tuesday, June 22 and will use ranked choice voting. Voters can select up to five candidates in order of preference. A process of elimination is used until a winner is chosen, which is expected to take several weeks.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS