Four takeaways from the last NYC mayoral debate before early voting begins this weekend
June 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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In their final debate before New Yorkers begin early voting on Saturday, five of the leading candidates in the Democratic mayoral primary on Thursday night delivered closing messages to voters and last-ditch attacks on each other.
Adams on Wednesday gave reporters a guided tour of his Brooklyn apartment, while denying suggestions that he spent more time at another residence he shares with his partner in New Jersey.
The candidates were also given an opportunity to address an issue that has wrenched New York politics for nearly eight years: the relationship between de Blasio and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
But the debate, like the two before it, ultimately returned to what has becoming the defining question of the primary campaign: public safety and whether the New York Police Department is equipped to restore it during a period of rising violent crime.
I should be mayor," Yang said.
"He spent months attacking me for not being a New Yorker," Yang said, "meanwhile he was attacking me from New Jersey. "
"I don't live in New Paltz," he said, referring to Yang's Ulster County home north of the city.
"What's critical to getting along with the governor," she said, "is making sure we are organizing the constituents that he serves along with the mayor of New York City. "
"The state needs the city," Yang said.