Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa spar in first NYC mayoral debate

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Two men running to become the next mayor of New York City offered differing perspectives on how to lift the nation’s largest city out of the pandemic, improve public safety and help the city of 8.8 million people fight climate change. Be prepared for more powerful storms inspired by.

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Democrat Eric Adams and Republican Curtis Sliva also feuded over personal and character issues, with Adams lashing out at Sliva for committing crimes in the past and admitting to “buffoonery”.

Sliva, the founder of the Guardian Angels Anti-Crime Patrol of the 1970s, insists that he is a candidate to be more in touch with regular New Yorkers. He said he feels he accepts his apology for falsely claiming to have been abducted decades ago and for claiming fake exploits from his unarmed patrol.

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Adams, the president of the Brooklyn borough and former New York City police captain, is widely expected to win the November 2 election.

He is the Democratic nominee in a city where Democrats outnumber Republicans 7-to-1, campaigning as a moderate alternative in a crowded primary field. Adams would be the city’s second black mayor and as a candidate, he spoke personally about policing through the prism of being a cop, critic of his own department, and a young black man who experienced police brutality. is of.

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Sliva has been a longtime media fixture in New York, first from his days as the founder of the red-beret-wearing Guardian Angels and later as a radio commentator with a penchant for attracting news cameras and performing stunts. In. As the mayoral candidate, he took note of reports questioning whether Adams actually lived in his Brooklyn brownstone and wandered around New York with cartons of milk containing a picture of the “missing” Adams.

Adams repeatedly dismissed Sliva during the campaign and continued to do so during the debate, refusing the opportunity to respond to an extended, rapid-fire criticism from his opponent.

“I’m talking to New Yorkers. I’m not talking to buffaloes,” he said.

Sliva sought to portray Adams as an out-of-touch elite, allegedly vacationing in Monaco and meeting with donors in elite enclaves such as the Hamptons.

“Just follow me in the streets and on the subway. I’m here. I am the people’s favourite. Eric Adams is with the elite in the suites,” said Sliva. “Come on, Eric. Come back. Get back on the streets and subways. Stick with the real floats.”

Adams said he agreed with outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for all city employees, including police officers. Sliva said he opposed the mandate, saying the city does not have enough police officers and cannot afford to lose more than the vaccine mandate.

To revitalize the city’s vacant commercial office space after the pandemic forced workers to stay home, Adams said he wanted to make the city more business-friendly and make it a hub for industries such as cybersecurity, biotechnology and drone development. Want to mold as destination.

Sliva said many people would not return to work in person and that the city should convert vacant offices and commercial real estate into affordable housing.

Adams said he would allow restaurants to place their pop-up structures on city streets and sidewalks, which have served as outdoor dining rooms during the pandemic. Sliva said the structures are taking up necessary space for cyclists, pedestrians and cars and should be scaled back.

Both Sliva and Adams have spoken on the campaign trail about combating violent crime and clashed on Wednesday over how to address it. Sliva called for the hiring of 3,000 police officers and claimed that Adams showed no interest in using federal resources to put more police on the streets. He also called for an end to the city’s status as a “sanctuary city” where local law enforcement does not cooperate with federal authorities’ immigration enforcement.

Adams said he would continue to hold the city’s so-called sanctuary status and knocked Sliva for fabricating crimes and “playing the role of police” while Adams was in uniform in the police force.

Both candidates were asked how they would prepare for larger and more devastating storms driven by climate change after a deadly influx of rain lashed the city in September by Hurricane Ida, which killed 13 New York City residents.

Adams called for a three-step forecast system to alert residents and city agencies of danger and a plan to more quickly warn occupants in flood-prone basement apartments, especially illegal basement apartments without adequate exits. did.

Sliva called for a sea wall to protect against coastal flooding, as seen after Superstorm Sandy nearly a decade ago, as well as better cleaning of drains and basins.

Tuesday’s hour-long debate was the first of two face-to-face meetings ahead of the November 2 election. The second debate will take place on 26 October.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Eric Adams

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