“We all know that wherever you have gone, you have been investigated for corruption.”
Democratic mayor of new york Candidates clashed in a primary debate Wednesday night as they outlined their plan to respond to the rise in crime.
It was the first individual debate for the eight qualifying Democratic candidates – the last debate was held virtually. This came on June 12, 10 days before the initial primary voting began.
Progressive candidates collectively distanced themselves from the specifics of their plans to reallocate New York Police Department funds. It is a marked change from the previous debate in May, during which several candidates claimed they planned to walk away from the department.
This time he spoke in more general terms. Former HUD Secretary Sean Donovan, who has pledged to take $3 billion away from the criminal justice system, said the mayor should “focus on both safety and dignity.”
“The police system matters, but do it in a fair and just manner,” said New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer.
Maya Wiley, Bill de Blasio’s former attorney who has pledged to redirect $1 billion to schools in the NYPD, called for “smart policing.”
Other more moderate candidates opposed the notion of funding the police and instead called for more investment in law enforcement.
“Police defense is not the right approach for New York City,” said Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang.
“We are gone from a pandemic covid to an epidemic of gun violence,” Garcia said, calling for efforts to stop the spread of illegal guns in the city.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former police officer, faced scathing attacks for his defense and search and said in previous comments that, if he was elected, he would carry a gun. Adams also linked public safety to recovery from the pandemic.
“No one in our billion-dollar tourism industry is coming to New York if you have 3-year-olds shot in Times Square,” Adams said. He later said, “If we want to transform our economy, we have to make this city a safe city.”
Some of the most intense moments were the barbs traded between Adams and Yang, who is considered to be at the forefront of the crowded field. Adams described Yang as committed and unwilling to run the nation’s largest city, while Yang attacked Adams’ integrity, citing allegations of corruption.
“You weren’t on the ground, you discovered NYCHA when you ran for mayor—you discovered violence when you started running for mayor,” Adams said. “If you want to run the city you can’t run away from the city.”
“We all know that wherever you have gone, you have been investigated for corruption,” Yang said. He later said, “You have achieved the rare trifecta of corruption investigations.”
In the mayor’s hopes, some have emerged as serious contenders in the campaign’s homestretch, which has been largely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to Yang and Adams, former New York City Sanitation Commissioner Katherine Garcia has gained momentum following endorsements from The New York Times and the New York Daily News.
Willie has emerged as a top progressive choice after New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s campaign accused him of sexual harassment and former nonprofit executive Diane Morales’ campaign of preventing workers from unionizing after a workers’ strike. Has faltered. Stringer has denied the allegation, and Morales said he acted to meet the needs of his employees.
Democratic candidates will face off in another debate ahead of the June 22 primaries. The debate will take place on 16 June.
The two Republican contenders will debate June 6 on ABC-owned station WABC-TV.
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