Longtime lefty black activist and organizer Bertha Lewis is backing Eric Adams for mayor after dismissing the opposite candidates as much less certified to run Metropolis Corridor.
“Eric Adams is our #1 decide on account of his expertise with public workplace and demonstrated management talents, regardless of some points along with his platform,” stated Lewis, at the moment head of the Black Institute and Black Management Coalition.
“I feel Eric Adams is way and away the best particular person on the proper time to run this metropolis.”
Lewis ranked former metropolis and federal housing secretary Shaun Donovan as her second selection.
“Shaun Donovan is our #2 decide as a result of whereas he lacks the charisma that we wish to see from a mayor, we imagine he’s a succesful administrator and that the Adams staff, or any candidate elected, would profit from retaining him as a deputy mayor,” she stated.
Lewis, a co-founder of the Working Households Occasion who previously headed the defunct group and housing advocacy group ACORN, stated Adams is correct to concentrate on addressing the rise in crime in addition to police reform.
“We all the time care about crime as a result of we’re victims of crime. We wish to be protected,” Lewis stated.
“We aren’t anti-police. We’re anti police abuse. Eric is aware of we’d like each.”
She gave Adams a “B plus” for his tenure as Brooklyn borough president and cited his reform credentials, by founding 100 Black Officers We Care when he was a police officer, taking up what he believes had been abusive NYPD practices.
Lewis shredded the opposite main mayoral candidates.
She backed Invoice de Blasio for mayor in 2013 however soured on him.
Lewis stated she’s not impressed with both Kathryn Garcia or Maya Wiley, each of whom labored within the de Blasio administration.
She complained that former Sanitation Commissioner Garcia backed a waste switch station close to an NYCHA undertaking on the Higher East Aspect.
Lewis took difficulty with Wiley’s tenure at Metropolis Corridor, the place she served as de Blasio’s authorized counsel and heads the Civilian Criticism Overview Board.
“Maya Wiley’s report in de Blasio administration and lack of significant motion in her capability there makes her a poor selection for mayor,” she stated.
Andrew Yang’s “lack of governing expertise” disqualifies him, Lewis stated.
She additionally had barbs for metropolis Comptroller Scott Stringer, whose mayoral candidacy has been rocked by sexual harassment accusations. Her group as soon as honored Stringer for his work.
“Scott Stringer’s politicking nature and tendency to disregard proposals until they profit him make him a horrible possibility,” stated Lewis.
She stated complaints that Dianne Morales opposed her marketing campaign workers unionizing made her a nasty selection for mayor.
However politicos have questioned Lewis’ alliances in recent times, notably her 2017 endorsement of ex-con Hiram Monserrate, who sought a comeback bid for his Council seat.