Eric Adams, Who Got Some Crucial Orthodox Support, Leads NYC Mayoral Primary


Eric Adams, a former New York City police captain who got some crucial Orthodox support, is leading the Democratic primary for mayor of New York by a significant margin.

Civil rights attorney Maya Wiley, a favorite of Jewish progressives, and former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, who picked up The New York Times endorsement, finished second and third in New York’s first foray into ranked-choice voting. Andrew Yang, the former presidential candidate who had an early lead in the race,  conceded.

In a city where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 7 to 1, the primaries usually determine November’s winners. Under ranked-choice voting, the eventual winner must ultimately win more than 50 percent of the vote.

Adams, the Brooklyn Borough president, picked up some key endorsements from his Hasidic constituents. An African American, he pushed a law-and-order agenda that defied the “Defund the Police” left and appealed to many Jews in light of a spike in antisemitism and gun violence. He recently mused that he might one-day retire to the Golan Heights.

In the race for city comptroller, Brooklyn City Council Member Brad Lander had a strong lead with 96% of precincts reporting.

Lander has a long affiliation with the progressive group Jews For Racial & Economic Justice, whose political arm endorsed him, and had the backing of  Rep. Jerry Nadler and a handful of young progressive lawmakers, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman.

In other races:

Law professor Alvin Bragg held a 7,000-vote lead in the race for Manhattan district attorney over Brooklyn prosecutor Tali Farhadian Weinstein, with 24,000 absentee ballots to be counted.

Bragg, a former top deputy in the New York attorney general’s office, would become the borough’s first Black D.A. Farhadian Weinstein, a Jewish immigrant from Iran, had a huge war chest thanks to Wall Street interests and her own fortune; Bragg ran “slightly to her political left” with an emphasis on decarceration and declining to prosecute some low-level offenses.

The vote for D.A., technically a state office, was not done under ranked-choice voting.

In the race for a City Council seat in Brooklyn, Heshy Tischler, a radio host prosecuted for whipping up Orthodox anti-mask protests last fall, appears to have little chance of proceeding, earning only 4.98% of the vote. Steven Saperstein, who had run for the seat once before as a Republican, is leading the race with 31.15%.

And in District 29 in Queens, attorney Lynn Schulman has the early lead for the City Council seat. David Aronov, with hopes of becoming the first Bukharian Jew to represent the district, had 13.39%.