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State Sen. Eric Adams wants to be next Borough President

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State Sen. Eric Adams wants your vote this fall — and next fall, too.

The Prospect Heights Democrat is throwing his hat in the ring for what’s expected to be a bruising race to replace Borough President Markowitz as Brooklyn’s highest-profile, but largely powerless, booster-in-chief. And he’s doing it while running again for his seat in Albany.

“I’ve always wanted to be borough president,” said Adams, who faces a state Senate election this fall and a Borough President election the following year.

Adams announced his intentions to run through his longtime chief of staff, Ingrid Martin, who sent an email to a circle of supporters this week appealing for contributions for his currently penniless Beep campaign fund in advance of a March 8 fundraiser.

“The road to Borough Hall is long and can be rocky, but with your continued support we [can] set a smooth course,” Martin said.

The three-term lawmaker would be Brooklyn’s first African American borough president — potentially giving him a big boost from black voters.

But Adams — a retired cop and founding member of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care who is perhaps best known for his controversial “Stop the Sag” campaign to get kids to hike up their pants — has no cash on hand and his opponent has deep pockets.

Carlo Scissura, a special adviser and former chief of staff to Borough President Markowitz, reported raising $127,000 in his first 100 days as a candidate — the fastest of any Brooklyn Borough Hall hopeful in history, according to the Campaign Finance Board.

“Let’s see who raises the money [to be competitiv­e],” Scissura said. “It’s early and 2013 is a long ways off.”

Scissura said he would ease overcrowding in schools, bring manufacturing jobs back to the borough and expand ferry service to Southern Brooklyn, among other initiatives.

Adams was short on specifics, saying he’s still focused on getting reelected as a state Senator this fall in an election that became more interesting after Senate Republicans proposed maps for new legislative districts that would cut Adams out of his Crown Heights-to-Sunset Park district. Adams said he would move into the new district if necessary, but expects the proposal won’t be approved.

City campaign finance officials say Adams can open a fundraising committee for the state Senate race and for the Borough President race simultaneously — and if he loses the primary for Beep he can fall back on his old Albany seat, so long as he wins this fall.

Besides Adams and Scissura, several others are rumored to be eyeing a run to replace Markowitz, who’s term-limited out of office in 2013, including state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D–Brooklyn Heights), Assemblyman Nick Perry (D–Flatbush) and City Councilmembers Dominic Recchia (D–Coney Island) and Letitia James (D–Fort Greene).

—with Aaron Short

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Dave from Cortelyou road native says:
That's an email I'd sure like to forward... I'd support Mr. Adams for any (and every) position. If all pols had his values and integrity this country wouldnt be such a nightmare. This is great news for Brooklyn.
Feb. 10, 2012, 4:55 pm
Paul from Greenpoint says:
If he wants to run for Beep than he should not run for State sen. re-election.
Feb. 10, 2012, 5:26 pm
tee gee from sunset park says:
In the dictionary, next to "class act" there is a picture of Eric Adams - an absolutely wonderful elected official - he has lots of support in sunset park
Feb. 11, 2012, 10:27 am
Moses from Park Slope says:
Hey guys, there are elections THIS year that you're barely covering, so how bout we skip Eric Adams's obvious ploy for campaign cash and focus on 2012 instead of 2013? And by the way, what was a "controversial" about Stop the Sag?
Feb. 11, 2012, 11:11 am
jerry from brighton beach says:
Eric has my vote. We don't need a shadow boro pres if Carlos is elected. Carlos will still be taking his marching orders from MARTY !
Feb. 11, 2012, 2:26 pm
Bob Marvin from Prospect Lefferts Gardens says:
Adams would make an excellent BP. He's been an effective State Senator (the ONLY effective local legislator we have in PLG) and is one of those rare politicians who actually had a career and accomplished something BEFORE running for office.
Feb. 11, 2012, 3:45 pm
Chuck from brooklyn says:
so interesting to read comments lambasting adams after the aqueduct scandal, in comparison to the ones here... i guess brooklynites are good at forgriving. that being said i'd love to have him as beep
Feb. 13, 2012, 4:37 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Does he like bike lanes?
Feb. 16, 2012, 6:59 pm
Josef from Clinton Hill says:
if this dude thinks that hen-packing people who sag their pants is the most useful thing he could do with his time, then (1) I'm not surprised he has no dough and (2) the powerless, entirely ceremonial position of Borough President might be just up his alley.

Of course, they'll have to prevent his crotchety behind from changing the signs on the budges leaving Brooklyn, or we'll go from "oh vey" to "you kids get off my lawn!"
Feb. 21, 2012, 2:07 pm

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