Big Apple mayoral frontrunner Eric Adams cast his ballot Tuesday while clutching a framed picture of his late mother as polls opened in several major races, including the one to replace Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The Democrat, the heavy favorite to take over at City Hall in January, voted at about 7:30 a.m. at PS 81 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
After exiting the polling station, Adams grew emotional, pausing multiple times to wipe away tears as he paid tribute to his recently deceased mother.
The Brownsville-born and South Jamaica-raised Adams declared that he had already succeeded by ascending from humble origins to the cusp of taking the reins of New York City’s government.
“This is for all of you,” he said to New Yorkers. “I only have three words: I am you. We won already. Someone asked me how many votes you need to feel you have a victory. They just don’t get it, we won already. I’m not supposed to be standing here, and because I’m standing here, every day New York is going to realize that they deserve the right to stand in the city also. This is for the little guy.”
He pushed for people to get to the polls Tuesday.
“The race is not over, get out and vote, exercise your right,” he said. “The city has abandoned people like my mom, so I’m hoping people exercise their right to voice that we don’t want to be abandoned anymore.”
The Brooklyn borough president’s mother, Dorothy Adams — a house cleaner and cook who died in March at age 83 — was featured in a recent campaign ad.
“My mom cleaned houses, worked three jobs, to give us a better life, in a city that too often fails families like ours,” he said in the TV commercial that began airing last month.
Adams, a former NYPD captain, faces Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa.
Voters will also be deciding the races for city comptroller, City Council and all five borough presidents, as well as weighing in on five amendments to the state constitution.