Eric Adams, one of the frontrunners in the race to become NYC’s next mayor, has pulled out his EZ pass to prove he doesn’t live secretly in New Jersey, a claim his critics launched this week when he received more attention in the race.
Adams, a 22-year NYPD veteran and the current president of Brooklyn Borough, was accused of secretly living in New Jersey but campaigning earlier this week to become New York City’s next mayor.
He denied it and took reporters on a tour of his home in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, to prove he lives there. He even let them look in the fridge.
He lives in the basement and rents out the floors above to pay for his son’s tuition.
He still has a house in New Jersey, in the town of Fort Lee. But he says it’s not his primary residence.
“How foolish does one have to be to become mayor of New York City and live in another town?” asked Adams.
On Thursday, he gave his EZ pass details to The New York Post to substantiate his claim.
It revealed that between May 2020 and May 2021, he traveled only 11 times between New York City and NJ in his government car.
There were five rides over the George Washington Bridge, four over the New Jersey Turnpike and two through the Lincoln Tunnel.
Eric Adams, hoping to replace Bill de Blasio as mayor of New York City, invited reporters on Wednesday to tour his basement in Brooklyn in an effort to prove he really lived in the city — rather than New York. Jersey
Adams’ house can be seen on Lafayette Street in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. He lives in the basement and rents out the other two floors, he said, to fund his son’s studies
The Brooklyn Ward President held a press conference alongside his son, Jordan, 25, to insist that he lived in the property
Along with his 25-year-old son Jordan, outside the red-brick building, Adams, a former NYPD captain, tried to explain that he liked to keep his home private.
He said the feeling started when his son was a baby and the rear windows of Adams’ car were shot.
“Throughout my police career, none of my colleagues knew I had a son,” Adams said.
“I wanted to shield him from the reality of what I was doing. I became very private.’
His spokesperson, Evan Thies, said Adams has lived on Lafayette Avenue in Bed-Stuy for nearly a decade and has paid several utility bills.
Adams is registered to vote on the first floor, but a tenant who has lived there for years is listed under the same unit in multiple documents obtained by Politico.
And last month, the publication City Limits reported that most of Adams’ neighbors didn’t know he lived near them, or that he’s running for mayor.
Yet Politics, who watched Adams come and go, found that he often arrived at the Brooklyn Borough Hall offices after midnight and left early in the morning.
He insisted it should work.
Adams’ spokesman said he has lived there for more than a decade. Still, until this year, Adams was registered to vote at yet another address, in Prospect Heights. His team says it was a clerical error and that the Bed-Stuy address is his primary residence
Adams is pictured speaking outside the house in Brooklyn. His spokesperson insists he has lived there for ten years
The site reported that he also bought a co-op in Prospect Heights with someone in 1992 and still officially lists that property, even though he says he hasn’t lived there for nearly 10 years.
He included that address in registration forms for his current mayoral and 2017 mayoral campaigns, though his staff also added his Bed-Stuy property to the 2021 campaign form.
His spokesman said he has sold part of the Prospect Heights town.
They also noted that his Zoom calls came from multiple different places, including his car and a nondescript booth.
Adams’s Democratic rivals have taken over the questions.
Adams owns an apartment in this Fort Lee building with his partner, Tracey Collins, an educator
Ray McGuire, another mayoral candidate and former executive at Citigroup, said Wednesday morning that Adams had serious questions to answer.
“You can’t simply have a cloud over the leadership of this city that has to do with whether the rules of engagement have been followed” The New York Daily News.
“Nobody gets a pass in this town. No one can get a pass.’
Another rival, Kathryn Garcia, the former sanitation commissioner, said in a statement that it appeared that Adams was “abusing his political office at the taxpayer’s expense.”
Maya Wiley, a former counsel for Mayor de Blasio, called the story “straight-up bizarre.”
And Andrew Yang, the former White House hopeful, said at a news conference in Queens that Adams “probably lives in New Jersey.”
He called on Adams to release EZ Pass records from his vehicle, proving how often he traveled to New Jersey.
Adams said he saw his girlfriend Collins on Saturday, but it was the first time he’d spent time with her in more than two months.
She lives in Fort Lee and has a low profile.
The primaries will be held on June 22 and will effectively decide the elections in the strongly democratic city. The election will take place on November 2.