Mayor de Blasio has notched another pair of endorsements for his reelection campaign.
Former Mayor David Dinkins and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams — who is frequently mentioned as a potential mayoral candidate — will announce their support on Sunday for a second de Blasio term.
Adams will appear with de Blasio at Salem Baptist Church in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, at 11 a.m. to make the announcement.
Later in the day, Dinkins will endorse the mayor at Convent Ave. Baptist Church in Harlem at noon in a joint appearance with de Blasio. Dinkins and de Blasio have a long relationship.
The former mayor hired de Blasio as an aide for his administration, which is where he met his future wife Chirlane McCray. She was a Dinkins speech writer.
“Under Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City has made incredible progress — with crime at record lows, more affordable housing apartment projects under development, a rent freeze for rent-stabilized tenants, and better wages, benefits and protections for our workers,” Dinkins said.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is often mentioned as possible mayoral contender, but says he has made it clear he is vying for a 2021 run.
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Adams told the Daily News that he’s endorsing de Blasio because of his successful universal pre-kindergarten program, the reduction in the number of stop-and-frisk encounters while keeping crime low, and the launching of the city’s municipal ID program.
“I am a strong believer in what the mayor has done, will do, is doing, and will continue to do,” Adams said.
The two endorsements follow last week’s trifecta of union nods for the mayor.
The service workers union SEIU 32BJ, retail workers and the sanitation workers all endorsed the mayor, part of his strategy to lock in as much early support as possible for the 2017 election.
No well-known Democrats have stepped forward to challenge de Blasio for City Hall.
Former Mayor David Dinkins has a long-standing relationship with de Blasio.
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Adams, who has mayoral ambitions, was frequently mentioned as a possible threat to de Blasio since he could appeal to the mayor’s central Brooklyn base.
He told The News that despite the chatter he had no plans to challenge de Blasio. “I always made it clear that my goal is to one day be mayor of the city in 2021,” he said.
De Blasio enters his reelection campaign with mixed reviews from New York voters. According to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday, 47% of registered voters approve of his job performance and 47% disapprove.
The poll also showed that former Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who lost to de Blasio in 2013, was the mayor’s closest threat to blocking his return to office. De Blasio would get 41% to Quinn’s 35% in the general election next year.
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