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Both candidates, Democrat Eric Adams and Republican Curtis Sliwa, are expected to cast their votes this morning.
Adams says he gets up at 5 a.m. most days, makes his green smoothie, meditates and gets out the door.
His first stop today was a polling place in Bedford-Stuyvesant to cast his ballot.
After voting, an emotional Adams walked out of P.S. 81 on Dekalb Avenue carrying a picture of his mother, Dorothy, who died March 30 at the age of 83.
“This is is an amazing day, to reach this point,” Adams said. “Back in 1977, my mom brought me into that polling place. Every little boy or little girl who was ever told they’ll never amount to anything – every child with a learning disability, every inmate sitting in Rikers, every dishwasher, every child in a homeless shelter – this is for all of you. I only have three words: I am you.”
Adams is a former state senator and retired police officer, and he is promising to improve public safety and quality of life.
His final campaign stop last night was at a rally in Harlem.
Adams’ Republican opponent, Curtis Sliwa, was expected to vote at 10 a.m. at Frank McCourt High School on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
Sliwa says his decades in the subway leading the unarmed crime-fighting group Guardian Angels qualify him to keep New Yorkers safe.
“There will be safe streets, safe parks, safe subways,” said Silwa during his last day of campaigning. “There will be safe schools. That’s what I’ve been doing as head of Guardian Angels for 42 years.”
Voters in Manhattan are also picking a new district attorney today.
Progressive Alvin Bragg has promised to reduce prosecutions on some crimes like gun possession.
His Republican opponent, Thomas Kenniff, says he would be a more traditional DA.
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