The talk opened with a query about stop-and-frisk policing however the candidates went a distinct path as Sliwa slammed Adams for having mentioned he met with gang members who dedicated homicide.
“I am chatting with those that have dedicated crimes to get them out of gangs,” Adams mentioned, after which reminded the viewers that Sliwa has admitted to faking crimes prior to now.
They took opposing positions on COVID vaccine mandates. Adams backs Mayor Invoice de Blasio’s resolution to require a lot of the metropolis’s 300,000 municipal staff to have at the very least one dose of a vaccine by November 1. Sliwa mentioned, if elected, he would rehire anybody placed on go away as a result of they refused to get vaccinated.
Sliwa mentioned he spoke with dad and mom who marched towards the vaccine mandate for public faculty college students.
“We’re going to kick them out? We’re going to expel them? What sort of compassion and care is that?” he mentioned.
Adams has mentioned he would decide to a vaccine for college kids however didn’t straight reply the query throughout the debate.
“I’m open to having the distant choices of training. I am open to have a look at people who the regulation permits. When you’ve got spiritual beliefs, I can I imagine we must always have a look at that. However we won’t go backwards. COVID devastated our metropolis, our economic system, that communities and households are nonetheless dwelling with the trauma of COVID I am not going to return with we should defend the individuals within the metropolis you’ll,” he mentioned.
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Issues received nasty when Sliwa accused Adams of faking the place he lived and telling him to “man up.” Adams fired again by saying Sliwa had hidden cash to keep away from paying youngster help.
“How dare you convey my household into this?” he mentioned, calling Adams remarks “scurrilous.”
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The talk additionally touched on congestion pricing, holding cops accountable, and the gaping gap in NYC’s $99 billion price range.
Adams mentioned he would minimize pay at each metropolis company by 3 to five %. Sliwa mentioned he would minimize the psychological well being program developed underneath de Blasio and redirect training cash away from “bureaucratic management.”
On Rikers Island, Sliwa wished if Adams will get elected, “you should have a group jail in your neighborhood.”
Moderator and Eyewitness Information anchor Invoice Ritter requested each candidates how they might cope with the threats town faces from local weather change.
“A significant inexperienced infrastructure deal,” Adams replied, like one he noticed in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Sliwa mentioned it is time to construct a seawall to guard residents of Staten Island and different susceptible communities.
“These partitions must go up as a result of one other Superstorm Sandy is on its approach. As mayor, I promise you residents of Staten Island, and people of you within the Battery and within the Monetary District, the wall shall be constructed as your cash was given to us by the federal authorities to do no native officers have finished nothing,” he mentioned.
Sliwa slammed Adams plan to show tens of hundreds of rooms in underused accommodations outdoors of Manhattan into housing for the homeless.
“You will stick extra homeless individuals in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx and exempt Manhattan? Come on,” he mentioned.
The candidates did say one thing good to one another on the finish. Adams praised Sliwa’s love of cats (he has greater than a dozen), whereas Sliwa applauded Adam’s enthusiasm of veganism.
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