The office of borough president was created at the time of the consolidation of Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island into the City of Greater New York in 1898. The idea of borough president, the charter said, was to preserve "local pride and affection." But the presidents' heyday drew to an end in 1989 when the Board of Estimate was eliminated and their powers diminished. Today, the borough presidents make a few appointments, chair the borough boards, and oversee the delivery of services in their boroughs. They can also propose legislation in City Council. (Adapted from "Being Borough President," Gotham Gazette, 2005)
Eric Adams (D, WF)
Biography: In 2006 Adams retired as a Captain in the New York Police Department and successfully ran for a seat in the New York State Senate. He has an Associate's Degree and a Bachelor's Degree from CUNY, as well as a Master's from Marist College.
John Gangemi (D)(knocked off ballot)