New York – Five of the Democratic candidates for mayor of New York went head-to-head in a debate Thursday night.
Andrew Yang once again accused frontrunner Eric Adams of not living in New York City.
“He spent months attacking me for not being a New Yorker, but he was attacking me from New Jersey,” Yang said.
Adams has already invited journalists to his home in Bedford-Stuyvesant and issued E-ZPass bills to try to prove that he lives in Brooklyn and not in New Jersey with his girlfriend.
“I haven’t seen him in two months,” Adams said.
Maya Wiley went right behind Adams in a new poll.
“The people of New York don’t care where Mr. Adams lays his head, but they want a mayor who is completely forthcoming and completely honest,” Wiley said.
Eight Democrats want to be the next mayor of New York City but only the top five participated in the CBS2 debate. The candidates were asked how they would reduce crime, which has become a major issue for voters.
“No one else can say they put their lives on the line to save New Yorkers,” said Adams, a retired NYPD lieutenant.
Four out of five candidates said they would never snatch guns from police officers. Willie did not commit.
“I’m not ready to make that decision,” she said.
Candidates were also asked to describe how they would improve relations with Albany if elected to City Hall. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have had a very publicly controversial relationship.
“No one in Albany will steal my lunch money,” said city comptroller Scott Stringer, a former member of the assembly.
“The New York City mayor’s job is to work for the people of New York City and you can’t do that if you don’t have a cooperative, productive relationship with the governor,” Yang said.
“What’s important to meet with the governor is organizing the components that he works with the mayor of New York City,” Wiley said.
“I have worked very successfully with people at the state level,” said former sanitation commissioner Catherine Garcia.
“I’m going to put my ego to the side,” Adams said. “I’m going to sit down to build a relationship with the governor and say, ‘We’re Team New York.'”