Eric Adams gets support from Bronx BP Ruben Diaz Jr. for NYC mayoral run

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams boosted his support in the Bronx on Monday with a significant endorsement from a fellow BP.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. became the latest official from the Boogie Down to back Adams, as most other candidates have struggled to gain a foothold in the borough of more than half a million active Democratic voters.

The endorsement from Diaz — who abruptly cancelled his own plans to run for mayor last year — could also boost Adams’s chances with the city’s Latino voters.

“Someday the city of New York will have a Latina mayor. I’m sure she’s going to be great,” Diaz said at a press conference. “I know for sure … Eric Adams is the person who’s not only going to be there for Latinos, for immigrants, but for everybody.”

Former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer recently endorsed Adams, as did former Rep. Charles Rangel, whose district included a swath of the Bronx. City Comptroller Scott Stringer has gotten backing from some of the borough’s newest group of electeds, including state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi and Rep. Jamaal Bowman, for his mayoral run.

Speaking at Grand Concourse and East Fordham Road, Adams, an ex-NYPD captain, hammered his theme of tackling the recent increase in crime while holding bad cops accountable for misconduct.

“I was the voice of ending police misconduct,” Adams said. “It amazes me when I hear people say, ‘Well, you were a cop, so people will never vote for you.’ I mean, what are you reading?”

The pols peppered their speeches with digs at businessman Andrew Yang, who’s been leading in the polls, though they didn’t mention him by name.

“What we need is a leader who is going to run the city and not run from the city,” said Diaz, a reference to Yang’s decision to spend a long stretch of 2020 at this home in the Hudson Valley.

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Source (Ny Daily news)

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