June 9, 2021

Eric Adams Gives Apartment Tour as Questions Arise About Where He Lives

By Katie Glueck Jeffery C. Mays

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As Mr. Adams tried to rebut questions about whether he lives part-time in New Jersey, one of his rivals in the mayor’s race, Maya Wiley, received a major endorsement.

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  The race for New York City mayor took an extraordinary turn on Wednesday as the leading candidate, Eric Adams, gave reporters a tour of a Brooklyn apartment he owns, while rival campaigns questioned his residency and fitness for office.
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- A day after a Politico New York story raised questions and highlighted apparent discrepancies regarding where Mr. Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, resides when he is not sleeping in Brooklyn Borough Hall — he owns properties in Brooklyn and Fort Lee, N.J., the report noted — Mr. Adams held an emotional news conference outside a residence in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, joined by his son, Jordan.
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+ A day after a Politico New York story raised questions and highlighted apparent discrepancies regarding where Mr. Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, resides when he is not sleeping in Brooklyn Borough Hall — he owns properties in Brooklyn and Fort Lee, N.J. — Mr. Adams held an emotional news conference outside a residence in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, joined by his son, Jordan.
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- “How foolish would someone have to be to run to be the mayor of the city of New York and live in another municipality,” Mr. Adams said.
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- He led a tour of a wood- and brick-trimmed apartment, showing off what he referred to as a “small, modest kitchen” and “small, modest bathroom” while reporters inspected the refrigerator and a sneaker collection.
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+ He led a tour of a wood- and brick-trimmed apartment, showing off what he referred to as a “small, modest kitchen” and “small, modest bathroom” while reporters inspected the refrigerator, and feverish speculation swirled on social media about whether it matched pictures of refrigerators he had shared in earlier years, when he said he was at home in Brooklyn.
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- The highly unusual event unfolded as the race entered a tumultuous, increasingly rancorous final stretch, less than two weeks before the June 22 Democratic primary that is almost certain to determine the city’s next mayor. Mr. Adams, a former police captain, has topped a number of recent polls as he presses a message focused on public safety, but the race appears fluid even in the final days.
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+ The highly unusual event unfolded as the race entered a tumultuous, increasingly rancorous final stretch, less than two weeks before the June 22 Democratic primary that is almost certain to determine the city’s next mayor. Mr. Adams, a former police captain, has drawn criticism for his decision to skip a new debate among the top candidates scheduled for Thursday, saying that he would instead attend a vigil for a 10-year-old killed in gun violence in Queens.
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- A Spectrum News NY1/Ipsos poll released earlier this week showed Mr. Adams leading the Democratic field, followed by Andrew Yang, the former presidential candidate, and Kathryn Garcia, the former sanitation commissioner.
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+ He has topped a number of recent polls as he presses a message focused on public safety, a top priority for voters, polls show.
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- But the poll was conducted in the second half of May, and there has been little data since to capture how a number of major recent developments are registering with voters, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Saturday endorsement of Maya D. Wiley, a former counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio. Jumaane D. Williams, the New York City public advocate, endorsed Ms. Wiley on Wednesday.
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+ But the race appears fluid even in the final days. It will be decided by ranked-choice voting, and it is difficult to predict what the electorate in a post-pandemic June primary will look like.
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- Questions about how Mr. Adams spends his time when not on the campaign trail injected a new element of uncertainty into the race and offered fresh fodder for his opponents. Early voting begins on Saturday.
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+ But the poll was conducted in the second half of May, and there has been little data since to capture how a number of major recent developments are registering with voters, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Saturday endorsement of Maya D. Wiley, a former counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
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+ Jumaane D. Williams, the New York City public advocate, endorsed Ms. Wiley on Wednesday, the latest effort to consolidate left-wing support around her candidacy in the homestretch.
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+ “We must unite to elect and rank Maya Wiley to be the second Black and first woman mayor of the city of New York,” Mr. Williams said.
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+ At the joint appearance, Ms. Wiley called the controversy over Mr. Adams’s residency “bizarre.”
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+ “I think there’s some straight-up questions that are fundamental about, where do you live, Eric?” she said.
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  “Eric Adams has a problematic record of not being fully honest or transparent with the voters of New York,” Ms. Garcia said in a statement on Wednesday. “As we recover from Covid, the last thing we need is a career politician with a hidden agenda at City Hall. Our city cannot recover if the mayor lacks integrity.”
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- Scott M. Stringer, the city comptroller, called on Mr. Adams to release records related to his residency.
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+ Scott M. Stringer, the city comptroller, called on Mr. Adams to release records related to his residency, and Raymond J. McGuire, a former Citi executive, called the developments “the most recent in a series of significant ethics allegations.”
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  And in a rare display of cross-campaign comity, Mr. Yang’s co-campaign managers released a list of questions for Mr. Adams on Wednesday that, they noted, was intended to add to questions raised by Ms. Wiley’s team the day before.
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  “Why would anyone vote for a candidate who can’t even be honest about where he lives?” asked Sasha Ahuja and Chris Coffey, Mr. Yang’s campaign managers, as they detailed a list of ethics concerns. “How are the traffic problems in Fort Lee? What are you hiding?”
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- A day earlier, Ms. Wiley’s campaign manager, Maya Rupert, had asked, “WTF?!?! Does Eric Adams live in New Jersey?”
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+ A day earlier, Ms. Wiley’s campaign manager, Maya Rupert, had asked, “WTF?!?! Does Eric Adams live in New Jersey?” On Wednesday, Madia Coleman, a spokeswoman for Mr. Adams, fired back, releasing a series of questions about Ms. Wiley’s record, concluding, “I mean, seriously, WTF…”
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- A crowd of journalists gathered outside Mr. Adams’s Bedford-Stuyvesant townhouse, where a table was set up with coffee and vegan pastries for reporters. (Mr. Adams is a vocal vegan.)
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- At one point, Mr. Adams appeared unable to speak for more than a minute as he retold a story of being shot at when he was speaking out against racism in the police department, just days after his son was born.
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  Mr. Adams said that was the reason that he tried to be private about his home life.
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  “I realized the life I was living, my advocacy, was going to take his dad away from him,” he said. “Throughout my entire police career, none of my colleagues knew I had a son. I wanted to shield him from the reality of what I was doing. I became very private.”
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  As he led reporters down to the basement level where the bedroom is, Mr. Adams warned reporters to watch out for the creaky first step. There were a pair of African masks on the ledge of the stairway looking as if they were ready to be hung and a dusty-looking smoke detector. A vacuum and broom were at the bottom of the stairs.
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- The bedroom smelled a bit damp, and there were some suit jackets in the closet. There were three pairs of sneakers on a ledge next to his bed and a few pairs of slippers next to his closet. The blue comforter on the bed was rumpled, and there were at least five pillows.
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- Even as Mr. Adams found himself on the defensive over residency questions, there were signs of his continued political strength, too: A major Hasidic faction backed Mr. Adams overnight as their first choice for mayor, The Forward reported, after the Yang campaign had previously indicated it had the support of both Satmar factions in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
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+ Mr. Adams, who has never married, said he didn’t want to subject his partner, with whom he also owns the co-op in Fort Lee, to scrutiny as well. He said that when he saw her last Saturday, it was their first meeting in over two months.
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- On the other side of the ideological spectrum in the race, Dianne Morales, a former nonprofit executive, was once a favorite of the left-wing grass-roots. But her campaign has struggled with significant inner turmoil in recent weeks, which may benefit Ms. Wiley as she seeks to consolidate left-wing support.
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- On Wednesday, more than 40 workers were terminated, according to a tweet from a union representing staff members for Ms. Morales’s campaign.
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+ Rabbi Moishe Indig, a Satmar leader, said they were not taking anything away from Mr. Yang, but were simply giving something extra to Mr. Adams.
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  • Eric Adams Gives Apartment Tour as Questions Arise About Where He Lives
  • Where does Eric Adams live? His rivals in the New York mayoral race are questioning his residency and ethics.
  • Where Does Eric Adams Live? Rivals Question His Residency and Ethics.

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  • Adams, Eric L
  • Elections, Mayors
  • Endorsements
  • Garcia, Kathryn
  • New York City
  • Wiley, Maya
  • Williams, Jumaane D
  • Yang, Andrew (1975- )