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My closing argument: Eric Adams explains why he thinks he’d make the best mayor of New York

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This is it, New York: Soon we will pick a new path for our city by choosing a new mayor. The candidates have spent the better part of the last year telling you about what they will do with the job — and that is important. But with primary day almost here, now I think you should be asking one final question: “What is their lived experience?”

You may have heard me say that I am going to create a safe, fair, affordable city for all New Yorkers. But you have probably heard other candidates say that before. What I want you to know is that those will be my priorities because those issues aren’t political to me; they’re personal.

After being beaten by police as a 15-year-old in South Jamaica, Queens, I turned pain into purpose and followed the guidance of mentors in the civil rights movement, going into the NYPD to reform it from within. As a founder of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, I would often police the streets in a bulletproof vest one day during the high-crime 1980s and 1990s and protest bad behavior by cops the next.

Later, as part of the department’s data unit, I........

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