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Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President, Coins Himself Chief Executive of the ‘Baddest’ Borough of the ‘Baddest’ City at a City Tech Reception in His Honor
The Black Women’s Networking Committee, in celebration of Black History Month, hosted a reception for the Honorable Eric Adams, Borough President of Brooklyn, on Thursday, February 27, at City Tech.
Professor Mary Alice Browne introduced the new Brooklyn Borough President, who is a City Tech alumnus and a 20-year veteran of the New York City Police Department, where he rose to the rank of captain. Adams also co-founded “100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care” with the goal to improve the NYPD’s community relations and raise funds for worthy neighborhood causes.
Adams retired from the NYPD in 2006 to represent Brooklyn in the State Senate, marshaling a diverse coalition in support of his candidacy. In the Senate, he quickly became a leader on workers’ rights and quality of life and public safety issues. In particular, Adams has effectively organized support against the NYPD’s controversial Stop and Frisk policy and on behalf of gun control.
Adams began his remarks by saying that as the borough president he is “here to serve and not be served.” This sentiment reverberated throughout his talk and extended to some advice for students. “We need classrooms without walls and a campus without borders where students go out into the community and serve. Giving back to the community helps develop the full person.”
For his part, Adams said he and his team will “engage people in the street” by providing information about services, helping Brooklyn residents access services, and developing efficient collaboration with community partners.
Adams also spoke with passion about what Black History Month means to him. “Black History Month is about humanity. Look under the fingernails of any immigrant in Brooklyn and you can see the dirt from climbing the mountain of hope and opportunity.” Adams said he wants to bring that hope and opportunity to all Brooklyn residents.
President Hotzler also spoke at the reception and praised the organizers of the College’s Black History Month celebrations, calling them a great success.