Mayor Eric Adams has dedicated his life to giving back to his city and giving a voice to a diverse coalition of working families in all five boroughs. Born and raised in Brownsville, Brooklyn, Adams first served the city by joining the NYPD, after being a victim of police brutality as a young man himself. While in the NYPD, he fought for change by becoming an outspoken advocate for reform — co-founding the group “100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care.” After retiring from the NYPD at the rank of captain, he continued his career in public service by running for State Senate, representing central Brooklyn. Adams was elected Brooklyn borough president in 2013, becoming the borough’s first Black leader. In 2021, Adams was elected mayor, on the agenda of improving public safety, growing the economy, reducing inequality, and building a stronger, healthier city for all New Yorkers.