The Mayor of New York City is the executive director of the New York City Government, as stipulated in the New York City statutes. The current incumbent of office, the 110th in the sequence of regular mayors, is Eric Adams, a member of the Democratic Party. That year, during the American Revolution, New York State formed a Nominating Council. Direct elections for mayor of the unconsolidated New York City began in 1834 for a one-year term, which was extended to two years after 1849. The mayor continued to be elected by the Nominating Council of the New York Government until 1821, when Stephen Allen became the first mayor appointed by a local Common Council.
Brooklyn elected a mayor from 1834 until its consolidation in 1898 in Greater New York City, whose second mayor (1902-190), Seth Low, had been mayor of Brooklyn from 1882 to 1885. New York City's mayors have been religiously diverse; the city has had Protestant, Jewish, and Catholic mayors. After the creation of the British province of New York in 1664, British military governor Richard Nicolls led the newly renamed New York City.