Adams Wins Dem Nomination + 2022 Council Speaker Race Begins

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  • Eric Adams won New York City’s Democratic mayoral primary after the tabulation of all ranked-choice votes and most absentee ballots. Brad Lander was elected City Comptroller. The City has full election results for all races.
  • The NYPD has refused to release Eric Adams’ disciplinary records from his 22 years on the force.
  • As mayor, Eric Adams will be in charge of implementing the ambitious climate plan the City Council passed two years ago, even as the law has been opposed by his major real estate donors.
  • With the 2022 City Council largely set, second-term Council Members Carlina Rivera, Keith Powers, Justin Brannan, and Adrienne Adams are lobbying new members for their votes to become Council Speaker in January. Tiffany Cabán is also rumored to be making a play at the powerful role.
  • Flash floods caused by Tropical Storm Elsa overwhelmed the City’s subways, streets, and highways, exposing glaring infrastructure problems.
  • The Legal Aid Society filed a motion against the City’s decision to move homeless New Yorkers out of hotel rooms designed to minimize exposure to COVID-19 and back to shelters.
  • New York City immigration courts have reopened to non-detained people for the first time since the pandemic began.
  • Traffic ticket debt will no longer be a cause of license suspension in New York state. The Driven by Justice Coalition pushed for the change, arguing traffic debt disproportionately impacted low-income people and people of color.


  • An analysis of Crystal Hudson’s victory over Michael Hollingsworth in Council District 35 (Central Brooklyn) revealed that largely white and wealthy corners of the district—namely, Hasidic Crown Heights and upscale portions of Prospect Heights and Clinton Hill—carried the victory for Hudson.
  • Eric Adams’ total campaign expenditures exceeded that of Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley, his two main rivals, combined.
  • While Democrat Eric Adams will likely enter November’s general election as heavy favorite over Republican Curtis Sliwa, there will be other independent options on the ballot, potentially including the ballot line of the Working Families Party, whose nomination will be decided in the coming weeks.
  • Nearly one million people voted in the 2021 primaries, dwarfing 2013’s primary turnout, the last mayoral race with both Democratic and Republican primaries and no incumbent. Exit polling showed 83 percent of voters ranked at least two mayoral candidates using the new Ranked Choice Voting system.

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