By Irish Echo Staff
It's early days yet but Brooklyn Borough President and former NYPD officer, Eric Adams, holds a lead in the Democratic primary for mayor of New York City as ballots continued to be counted.
In New York City’s newly adopted ranked-choice voting system, another candidate could rise ahead of Adams in later rounds as less formidable contenders are eliminated; the final result may not be known for weeks, the Huffington Post website was reporting.
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"But Adams has a plurality of first-choice votes cast in person, putting him in a strong position to win the primary. Absentee ballots have yet to be counted. Given the city’s strong Democratic tilt, such a win would all but assure him control of City Hall."
In the run-up to the mayoral primary, the Echo presented all candidates, from all parties and Independents too, a series of questions on Ireland.
Adams was the first, and is so far the only candidate, to answer the questions posed by the Echo under the heading "Irish Echo Endorsement Questionnaire."
Here is the list of questions and the responses from Adams.
Do you wish to see Ireland peacefully reunited?
"I support the ongoing effort for a peaceful reunification of Ireland."
Will you support and maintain existing New York City policy on the MacBride Principles on Fair Employment in Northern Ireland?
"Yes, it’s important to support the employment of Northern Irish."
Would you support an Irish Unity Referendum as provided for in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement?
Do you support the appointment of a U.S. Special Envoy for the Northern Ireland peace and political process?
How should the Mayor of New York celebrate the Irish contributions to the city?
"By highlighting the contributions of the Irish people to the progress and history of NYC, from its buildings and commerce to its history of social justice and workers rights."
Do you support comprehensive immigration reform for all, the Irish included?
Would you continue to uphold the so-called “Koch Rule” which allows undocumented and illegal persons to reach out to city agencies, including the NYPD, without fear of being reported to federal authorities?
"Absolutely. We need to be a safe city for all undocumented immigrants."
What is your view on the controversial proposed sale of the American Irish Historical Society’s building and headquarters on Fifth Avenue?
"I believe it is very important for cultures to have spaces devoted to their history and I sincerely hope to see an amicable resolution so that the building can continue to serve as a center for the Irish Diaspora."
The opportunity remains, post primaries, for a candidate to answer the questions.