(CNN) — Does one of the front-runners to be the next mayor of New York City live in New York City — and if so, where exactly?
Those were the questions Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams addressed on Wednesday as he spoke to reporters in front of the three-unit building in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood that he called “my primary residence.” Adams then allowed the press inside his basement apartment.
“This is my block, my neighbors,” Adams said. “I’m proud to be a resident of Bed-Stuy.”
The news conference had been called hours earlier, less than a day after Politico published a report that questioned where Adams actually lives. The story followed accounts in other outlets that raised uncertainty over where Adams spends his off-hours.
Adams owns a co-op in Fort Lee, New Jersey, with a partner. In the early days of the pandemic, he was open about spending the night in his Brooklyn office, and even in recent weeks he has reportedly been seen entering Borough Hall late at night and not emerging until the morning.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Adams insisted he stays most nights in the Bed-Stuy home. He said he had seen his partner, Tracey Collins, an educator who works in the city, only once over the last two months.
Adams’ addressing of the controversy comes just days before early voting in New York City’s Democratic mayoral primary begins on Saturday; election day is June 22. The 60-year-old Brooklyn Borough president is believed to be narrowly leading the pack of more than a dozen primary contenders, including Andrew Yang, the 2020 presidential candidate; former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia; civil rights lawyer Maya Wiley, a former counsel to term-limited Mayor Bill de Blasio; and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. The election will be the city’s first major contest decided by ranked-choice voting, which has further complicated an already volatile and increasingly tempestuous campaign.
Both Wiley and Yang responded to the Politico story by addressing questions, via press release, to Adams. Yang pressed for Adams to release his E-ZPass records — which might, in theory, trace his travels if he was consistently driving between New York and New Jersey. Both campaigns also suggested that Adams had misused his official Borough Hall office as a campaign base.
Stringer heaped on later, calling for Adams to release more information and saying that details about where his rival lives seem “to vary by the day.”
Adams has been fiercely critical of Yang for moving upstate with his family during the COVID-19 quarantine.
The idea that he lives elsewhere is “silly,” Adams argued, given that something of that nature would have surely come out during the course of a heated primary.
“How foolish would someone have to be to run to be the mayor of the city of New York and live in another municipality,” Adams said. “It’s 101 that someone is going to follow me throughout this entire campaign.”
During Wednesday’s news conference, he also introduced his son, Jordan, who said he’s working on his master’s at Brooklyn College and …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment