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Days before the final votes are cast in an election likely to make him Manhattan’s first Black district attorney, Alvin Bragg is showing just how different a prosecutor he might be.

Instead of stumping for votes all day, the Democrat is spending the last week of his campaign questioning New York City police officials in a rare judicial inquiry into the 2014 police chokehold death of Eric Garner, whose pleas of “I can’t breathe” became a rallying cry of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Bragg, a civil rights lawyer and former federal prosecutor, is representing Garner’s mother as she presses the city for more public accountability for officers and commanders who were involved in Garner's death, none of whom were criminally charged.

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“I can’t think of a case that’s been more emotionally significant to me as a lawyer,” Bragg told The Associated Press in an interview before testimony in the judicial inquiry began. “The fact that we sit here, seven years after Mr. Garner was killed and don’t know basic facts, that’s an embarrassment.”

Bragg, 48, won a tough Democratic primary and is now the prohibitive favorite in the Nov. 2 general election against Republican Thomas Kenniff.

The winner succeeds retiring District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., taking over high-profile cases including the prosecution of former President Donald Trump’s company and its longtime finance chief on tax fraud charges.

Trump himself remains under investigation by the office after Vance led a multiyear fight to get access to the Republican's tax records.

Bragg campaigned partly on a promise to change the culture of the D.A.’s office, emphasizing transparency and trust as integral to public safety.

He says he'll decline to pursue many low-level offenses, looking for alternatives to prosecuting “crimes of poverty,” such as stealing small amounts of food, and de-emphasizing conviction rates.

>> LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TO ELECTION DAY. ELECTION DAY. ON LONG ISLAND ONE RACE GETTING ATTENTION ISN\u2019T AT THE TOP OF THE BALLOT. NASSAU COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY. AND FOR THE COMMUNITY OFTEN AND FOR THE COMMUNITY OFTEN CALLED THE SAFEST IN AMERICA THERE IS A LOT AT STAKE FOR VOTERS. GREG CERGOL LIVE IN MINIMALA TO TELL US WHAT. GREG. >> Reporter: WELL, DAVID, THE LAST ELECTED NASSAU DACHELO D.A. TO SERVE IN THE BUILDING BEHIND ME MANDELA CINGAS RESIGNED TO ME MANDELA CINGAS RESIGNED TO TAKE A POST AS A STATE COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE, LEAVING THIS BIG APPEALS JUDGE, LEAVING THIS BIG OPENING THAT\u2019S RESULTED IN A CONTENTIOUS BATTLE FOR THE NEXT D.A. >> NASSAU IS A SAFE COUNTY. >> DEMOCRAT TODD KAMINSKI A FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR. FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR. >> I\u2019M RUNNING BECAUSE OF. >> YOU ANNE DONNELLY, A FORMER NASSAU PROSECUTOR, BOTH VYING TO NASSAU PROSECUTOR, BOTH VYING TO TAKE CONTROL OF THIS ISSUE. THAT OF NASSAU DISTRICT ATTORNEY. >> IT\u2019S A FACT, KAMINSKI HELPED >> IT\u2019S A FACT, KAMINSKI HELPED WRITE THE LAW THAT FREED KILLERS, RAICHISTS AND VIOLENT THUGS. >> THE BAIL REFORM LAW HAS BEEN AT THE CENTER OF DONNELLY\u2019S ATTACKS ON KAMINSKI. >> THE DAILY NEWS SAID MY OPPONENT IS FLAT OUT LYING CLOSE QUOTE. I DIDN\u2019T WRITE THE BAIL REFORM. I DIDN\u2019T WRITE THE BAIL REFORM. I THINK SHES SAY THESE TO DISTRACT. >> SHE BOTCHED A MURDER FOR HIRE >> SHE BOTCHED A MURDER FOR HIRE CASE AFTER LYING TO THE JUDGE. >> I HAVE A 32-YEAR IMPECCABLE RECORD AS A PROSECUTOR. I THINK HIS ATTACKS ARE BASELESS AND JUST NOT IN THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER. >> Reporter: THE DEBATE IN THE CAMPAIGN NOW CENTERS ON A SIMPLE QUESTION. WHICH CAN KEEP THE RESIDENTS WHICH CAN KEEP THE RESIDENTS SAFE. >> ONLY ONE THAT DIDN\u2019T LOSE A CASE. AND I\u2019M THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS THE INTEGRITY TO DO THIS. INTEGRITY TO DO THIS. >> I\u2019M A PROSECUTOR, NOT A POLITICIAN. HE IS A POLITICIAN. AND TENDS TO MAKE DECISIONS BASED ON WHAT HIS PARTY\u2019S ASKING HIM TO DO. >> Reporter: IRONICALLY BOTH >> Reporter: IRONICALLY BOTH CANDIDATES SUPPORT JUDGES IN GIVING JUDGES LEEWAY ON WHETHER PEOPLE ARE RELEASED ON BOIL. >> KAMINSKI WANTS TO CREATE A SPECIAL UNIT TO KEEP ILLEGAL SPECIAL UNIT TO KEEP ILLEGAL GUNS OFF THE STREET. BOTH SAY IT\u2019S IMPORTANT TO BALANCE KEEPING THE COMMUNITY SAFE WITH JOESHLSOCIAL JUSTICE. >> YOU HAVE TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOMEONE NEEDING ADDICTION SERVICE AND WHO IS TRYING TO PEDDLE DRUGS. >> YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE WHOLE PICTURE. >> Reporter: AGAIN, JUST 12 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY. BUT OF COURSE EARLY VOTING HERE BUT OF COURSE EARLY VOTING HERE","video_id":"1964609603683_557","video_length":"158626","video_provider":"mpx","short_video_excerpt":"","mpx_download_pid_mobile_low":"OF9TU_H8BtMl","pid_streaming_web_mobile_low":"","mpx_download_pid_mobile_standard":"gPPW9O3o_ViR","pid_streaming_mobile_standard":"AhMRkeqannRj","alleypack_schedule_unpublish":"","feed_remote_id":"mpx_1964609603683","feed_thumbnail_url":""}' data-livestream="false" data-title="Race For Nassau County District Attorney" data-vidcid="1:2:3342621" data-vidurl="https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/race-for-nassau-county-district-attorney/3342621/" data-islead="false" data-catnames='{"1444":"On Air","1445":"As Seen On","64":"News","65":"Local"}' data-tagnames='{"659906":"as seen on"}' data-customdata='{"ContentPartner":"None","Source":"WEBFM","SyndicationAllowed":"true","mSNVideoCategories":"MSN Video v4 Connector-most watched news","mSNVideoContentSupplierID":"NBC_Local","mSNVideoCountry":"us","subtitle":"nosubtitle","uploadedByTeam":"1","youtubeChannel":"None"}' data-autoplay="false" data-cplay="true"> The race for District Attorney in Nassau County tightens as both candidates focus on safety. Greg Cergol reports.

In taking on the city over Garner's death, Bragg said he's setting the tone for how he'll proceed as district attorney.

“Some people have said, ‘How can you run for district attorney and sue the city?’ That’s the whole point. The whole point is that safety and fairness are compatible. Indeed, they are inextricably interwoven,” Bragg said, explaining that people won’t be inclined to help officers solve crimes if they can’t trust them.

Bragg’s own experiences with the criminal justice system mirror those of many of his would-be constituents. Growing up in Harlem during the 1980s crack cocaine epidemic, he was held at gunpoint six times — three times by police. He’s had a knife held to his throat, a body at his door and, as an adult, opened his home to a brother-in-law just released from prison.

His election opponent, Kenniff, is a defense attorney and former prosecutor and Army Judge Advocate General. Kenniff works in Manhattan but is registered to vote on Long Island. He says he’ll establish residency in Manhattan if elected.

Kenniff says he’d be a more conventional district attorney: tough on crime and opposed to the state bail reforms two years ago that eliminated pretrial incarceration for many charges. Kenniff wants to rebuild the office, which he says has been plagued by attrition.

“With me, you’re going to get a more traditional prosecutor. Somebody who’s willing to play the role that prosecutors have traditionally played in the city, in this country, probably in most places,” Kenniff told The Associated Press. “I’m going to emphasize public safety and prosecuting crimes seriously, but fairly. As far as overall philosophy, it’s going to be a pro-public safety prosecutor’s office.”

>> THE GREATEST CITY IN THE WORLD AT A CROSSROADS. >> OUR ECONOMY IS STILL STRUGGLING, PEOPLE ARE STILL STRUGGLING. >> THE PANDEMIC RECOVERY, UNEQUAL AND UNNERVING. >> MY RIGHT, MY CHOICE. >> CRIME CONCERNS. >> I THINK WE NEED MORE COPS OUT HERE. I DON\u2019T THINK IT IS SAFE. >> BETTER BUSINESSES. >> WE ARE THE SOUL OF THE CITY. >> STRUGGLING SCHOOLS. SAVAGE STORMS. >> WE WANTED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THE DRAINAGE. >> THE CHALLENGES FACED BY THE NEXT MAYOR OF NEW YORK, THE MOST DAUNTING IN A GENERATION. LIVE TONIGHT FROM ROCKEFELLER CENTER, THE LEADING CONTENDERS, DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE BROOKLYN BOROUGH PRESIDENT ERIC ADAMS. REPUBLICAN NOMINEE, GUARDIAN ANGELS FOUNDER CURTIS SILWA. FROM \"NEWS 4 NEW YORK\", THIS IS A SPECIAL PRESENTATION, \"DECISION 2021.\" THE NEW YORK CITY GENERAL ELECTION MERRILL DEBATE SPONSORED BY NBC 4, TELEMUNDO 47, \"POLITICO\", THE NEW YORK IRBAN LEAGUE, THE CITIZENS BUDGET COMMISSION, AND THE NEW YORK CITY CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD. HERE NOW IS \"NEWS 4 NEW YORK\" ANCHOR DAVID USHERY. >> GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. WELCOME TO THIS NEW YORK CITY MERRILL DEBATE. WE ARE LESS THAN TWO WEEKS FROM ELECTION DAY WHEN ONE OF THESE MEN WILL BE DECLARED THE 110th MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY. THEY\u2019VE BEEN CAMPAIGNING FOR MONTHS AND TONIGHT THEY FACE EACH OTHER FOR THE FIRST TIME. I AM JOINED MY MY COLLEAGUE MELISSA RUSSO, TELEMUNDO 47 ANCHOR ALLAN VILLAFANA, AND \"POLITICO\" NEW YORK CITY HALL BUREAU CHIEF, SALLY KBOEL GOAL. WE ARE STREAMING ON THE NBC NEW YORK APP, TELEMUNDO 47 DIGITAL PLATFORMS AND \"POLITICO\".com. FOR VOTERS WHO ARE BLIND OR HAVE LOW VISION, THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD POSTED VISUAL DESCRIPTION OF THE STUDIOS, MODDIATORS AND CANDIDATES ON TWITTER ACCOUNT. YOU CAN FIND IT ON TWITTER AT NYCCFB. THE CANDIDATES POSITION ON STAGE WERE CHOSEN BY RANDOM DRAW UGH. FOR TRADITIONAL QUESTION AND ANSWER YOU WILL HAVE ONE MINUTE TO RESPOND AND WE WILL OFFER 30 SECOND REBUTTALS AT THE MODERATORS\u2019 DISCRETION. WE WILL BE ASKING OTHER QUESTIONS THAT WE\u2019RE LOOKING FOR SHORTER RESPONSES TO TO COVER OOH LOT OF TERRITORY. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CUT OFF YOUR MICROPHONE IF YOU IGNORE THE RULES. WE OBVIOUSLY DON\u2019T WANT TO DO THAT. THE GOAL IS FOR YOU TO HEAR EACH OTHER AND FOR NEW YORKERS TO HEAR EVERYTHING YOU HAVE TO SAY. GOOD LUCK, CANDIDATES. LET\u2019S GO. MELISSA. >> GOOD EVENING, GENTLEMEN. BIG NEWS TODAY. MAYOR de BLASIO ANNOUNCED THAT CITY EMPLOYEES MUST BE VACCINATED FOR COVID BY THE END OF THE MONTH OR THEY WON\u2019T BE PAID. THIS EFFECTS 46,000 WORKERS WHO ARE NOT VACCINATED. THAT INCLUDES THOUSANDS OF POLICE OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS. MR. ADAMS, WE\u2019LL BEGIN WITH YOU. DO YOU AKBREE WITH THE NEW MANDATE AND AS MAYOR WILL YOU UP HOLD THE BENCHING OF POLICE OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS WHO REFUSE? YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE. >> I AM VACCINATED AND I WAS ON THE GROUND DURING COVID, AND I KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. I SAW FAMILY MEMBERS DROPPING OFF THEIR LOVED ONES TO HOSPITALS NEVER TO SEE THEM AGAIN. I SAW HOW IT TRAUMATIZED OUR BUSINESSES, HOW IT DESTROYED OUR ECONOMY. I BELIEVE THE MAYOR\u2019S ACTION TODAY WAS CORRECT. I WOULD HAVE HANDLED IT DIFFERENTLY. I WOULD HAVE SAT DOWN WITH MY UNION MEMBERS AND I WOULD HAVE SAT DOWN WITH THOSE WHO ARE INVOLVED, AND WE WOULD HAVE WORKED OUT A WAY WE COULD COME TO AN AGREEMENT. I STATED THIS OVER AND OVER DURING COVID. CREDIBLE MESSENGERS. THE HEADS OF UNIONS, THEY ARE THE CREDIBLE MESSENGERS FOR THEIR MEMBERS. I BELIEVE WE CAN COME TO THE APPROPRIATE PLACE WHERE WE CAN VACCINATE EVERYDAY NEW YORKERS, PROTECT US. WE CAN NEVER GO BACK TO WHERE WE WERE WHEN COVID HIT THE CITY. >> MR. ADAMS, JUST TO BE CLEAR, WILL YOU UP HOLD THE BENCHING OF POLICE OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS? >> YES, I WOULD. I WILL FOLLOW THE RULES THAT ARE IN PLACE. >> THANK YOU, MR. ADAMS. MR. SILWA, YOU SAID YOU OPPOSE THE MANDATE. HOW WOULD YOU PROTECT CITY FRONTLINE WORKERS AND THE NEW YORKERS WITH WHOM THEY INTERACT? YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE. >> MELISSA, FIRST OFF I WANT TO THANK NBC. THIS IS THE HOUSE OF GABE PRESSMAN, THE GREATEST TV JOURNALIST OF ALL TIME. NO DOUBT. EMMY AWARD WINNING. ALL OF THE DEBATES THAT HE USED TO HOST ON THIS STAGE, IT IS A PRIVILEGE I KNOW FOR ERIC AND I TO BE HERE TODAY. I DISAGREE WITH ERIC. I FEEL THAT WE DON\u2019T HAVE ENOUGH POLICE OFFICERS AS IT IS. SO NOW AFTER ESTABLISHING THE RULES, WHICH WERE GET VACCINATED, WHICH I AM, OR GET TESTED ONCE A WEEK. THE SAME WITH FIREFIGHTERS. NOW, WHAT DID WE DO TO THE TEACHERS? WHAT DID WE DO TO THE HEALTH CARE WORKERS WHO WERE CRAWLING INTO THE BELLY OF THE BEAST DURING THE LOCKDOWN OF THE PANDEMIC? I KNOW BECAUSE I AND THE GUARDIAN ANGELS WERE TAKING CARE OF THE EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED AND HOMELESS IN THE SUBWAYS AND PENN STATION. WE CHEERED THEM AT NIGHT AT 7:00 AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN WE DECIDED, de BLASIO WHO SUPPORTED ERIC ADAMS HERE, THEY\u2019VE BEEN A TEAM, THAT ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY WOULD LOSE THEIR JOBS. THAT IS A HORROR IF THEY WEREN\u2019T GOING TO BE VACCINATED. WE SHOULD NEVER -- >> THANK YOU. >> -- FIRE PEOPLE FOR THAT REASON. >> THANK YOU, MR. SILWA. >> MAY I HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO RESPOND TO HIS COMMENT BRIEFLY? YES, FIRST OF ALL, I DID NOT SEE MR. SILWA ON THE GROUND WHEN I MOVED INTO BOROUGH HALL TO RESPOND TO THE CRISES WE WERE EXPERIENCING. IT IS EASY TO TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED. I WAS THERE. >> OKAY. >> AND HE WAS ABSENT. >> WE HAVE TO MOVE ON. WE WANT TO ASK YOU BOTH ABOUT -- >> WAIT, I WAS ABSENT? THERE IS DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE THAT I WAS IN PENN STATION RIDING THE SUBWAYS, TENDING TO THE NEEDY, THE EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED AND THE HOMELESS. YOU WERE NOT TENDING TO. >> ALL RIGHT. >> WE AS THE GUARDIAN ANGELS WERE THE FIRST LINE IN MAKING SURE THAT THEY DID NOT GET CAUGHT. >> GENTLEMEN, I THINK YOU MADE YOUR POINT ON THAT. LET ME ASK YOU ABOUT PUBLIC SAFETY AND SPECIFICALLY LEADING THE NYPD. YOU BOTH MADE CRIME A CENTER PIECE OF YOUR CAMPAIGNS, TOUTED YOUR EXPERIENCE IN PUBLIC SAFETY. MR. SILWA, YOU SAID YOU ARE A PROUD OUTSIDER AND FOUNDER OF THE GUARDIAN ANGELS. WHY SHOULD VOTERS TRUST YOU MORE THAN YOUR OPPONENT WHO IS A FORMER POLICE CAPTAIN TO LEAD THE DEPARTMENT, THE NYPD? YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE TO RESPOND. >> BECAUSE I\u2019M THE ONLY CANDIDATE STANDING ON THE STAGE THAT SAID I WILL HIRE MORE POLICE OFFICERS. ERIC ADAMS WAS GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO WASHINGTON, TO SIT IN THAT ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION. AMONGST LEADERS THAT I KNOW BECAUSE I HAVE GUARDIAN ANGEL CHAPTERS IN THOSE CITIES. AFTER WALKING OUT AFTER PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN OFFERED MONEY TO HIRE PLIFROLICE OFFICER SAID NO AS HIS TEAMMATE BILL de BLASIO SAID BEFORE, WE NEED 38,000 COPS. WE SHOULD HAVE TAKEN THE MONEY FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. INSTEAD, I WILL HAVE A PROPERTY TAX AGAINST MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, AGAINST COLUMBIA, AGAINST NYU, AN IDEA FIRST OFFERED BY ANDREW YANG, WHO IS A GREAT CANDIDATE WHO YOU BESMIRCHED EVERY OPPORTUNITY YOU HAD, ERIC ADAMS, AND DROVE HIM OUT OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. I WOULD USE THAT MONEY SPECIFICALLY TO HIRE 3,000 COPS THAT WE DESPERATELY NEED. IT WAS DONE BY DINKINS AND PETER VALLONE, SAFE CITIES AND STREETS. THAT\u2019S WHY WE WERE ABLE TO GET LAW AN ORDER AND PUBLIC SAFETY INTO THE STREETS. >> MR. ADAMS, YOU WERE A SENIOR LEADER IN THE NYPD AND YOU CRITICIZED THE DEPARTMENT AT TIMES. WHICH POSITION DO YOU IDENTIFY WITH THE MOST, COP OR CRITIC? HOW WILL THAT INFLUENCE THE WAY YOU WOULD LEAD THE DEPARTMENT? ONE MINUTE, PLEASE. >> FIRST OF ALL, LET\u2019S BE CLEAR. NEW YORKERS ARE GOING TO MAKE A DETERMINATION OF A PERSON THAT WORE A BULLET PROOF VESTED AND PROTECTED THE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES OF THE CITY AND FOUGHT CRIME AGAINST A PERSON WHO MADE UP CRIMES SO THAT HE COULD BE POPULAR. HE MADE UP CRIME, NEW YORKERS. THAT IN ITSELF IS A CRIME. I\u2019M NOT A CRITIC OF PUBLIC SAFETY. I SAY IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN, PUBLIC SAFETY IS THE PREREQUISITE TO PROSPERITY. PUBLIC SAFETY AND JUSTICE. WE WANT TO CHANGE THE ECOSYSTEM OF PUBLIC SAFETY. WE ARE GOING TO ENSURE THAT, NUMBER ONE, I WILL HAVE THE BACKS OF MY POLICE OFFICERS, BUT THAT COVENANT, IF YOU DECIDE NOT TO UNDERSTAND THE NOBILITY OF PUBLIC PROTECTION YOU WON\u2019T SERVE IN MY DEPARTMENT. I WILL EMPOWER A CRISIS MANAGEMENT TEAM, EMPOWER YOUTH ORGANIZATION MANY WE WILL CREATE A NEW EASTBOUND OWE SYSTEM WITH TRUST. BAD GUYS ARE WATCHING US SQUABBLE WITH EACH OTHER. IT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN AND WE WILL NOT SEE DISORDER IN MY CITY. >> SALLY GOLDENBERG. >> THANK YOU, DAVID. >> COULD I RESPOND TO THAT? LOOK, HE SAID THAT I MADE UP THINGS. LOOK, ERIC, I MUST TELL YOU THAT YOU WROTE AN OP-ED PIECE IN THE DAILY NEWS PRAISING THE GUARDIAN ANGELS SAYING AS A TRANSIT COP YOU SWORE YOU WOULD NOT HARASS US. SECONDARILY, YOU REALIZE I WAS SHOT FIVE TIMES IN MY BATTLES AGAINST THE GAMBINO CRIME FAMILY AND ORGANIZED CRIME. I DON\u2019T KNOW WHERE YOU WERE AT THAT POINT. YOU WERE MISSING IN ACTION LIKE SO MANY OTHERS. >> YOU NEED TO WRAP UP. >> PLEASE, PLEASE, I PUT MY LIFE ON THE LINE. I HAVE BEEN SHOT, STABBED, BEATEN IN ORDER TO PROVIDE SAFETY TO THE SUBWAYS. >> I WILL GIVE YOU TWO SECONDS TO RESPOND TO THAT. >> LISTEN, MR. SLIWA ACKNOWLEDGED HIMSELF HE MADE UP CRIMES, NEW YORKERS. THAT IS A CRIME. WHEN HE WAS PLAYING COP I WAS ON THE SUBWAY SYSTEM RIDING THAT SYSTEM DURING THE MID \u201980s WHEN CRIME WAS HIGH, A RADIO THAT DIDN\u2019T WORK AND I PROTECTED -- >> ALL RIGHT. WE MAY HAVE A QUESTION TO TOUCH ON THIS, BUT WE STILL WANT TO STICK WITH NYPD AND LEADERSHIP AND TACTICS. SALLY. >> THANK YOU. MR. SLIWA, YOU CALLED FOR A RETURN TO WHAT YOU CALLED OLD-STYLE POLICING, INCLUDING STOP AND FRISK, A TACTIC RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL FOR TARGETING YOUNG MEN OF COLOR. HOW WILL YOU PROTECT NEW YORKERS FROM UNWARRANTED SEARCH AND INTERROGATION? YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE. >> FIRST OFF, IT IS CONSTITUTIONAL AS MY OPPONENT ERIC ADAMS ALSO SAID, HE WOULD SELECTIVELY ALLOW FOR THE USE OF STOP, QUESTION AND FRISK FOR REASONABLE SUSPICION, AS I WOULD. I WOULD NOT DO WHAT ONE OF HIS MAIN SUPPORTERS, MICHAEL BLOOMBERG DID, THE FORMER MAYOR, IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS, WHICH WAS TO HAVE 700,000 PREDOMINANTLY MEN OF COLOR BE STOPPED AND FRISKED WITH A QUOTA SYSTEM THAT WAS PUT ON WHERE THEY HAD TO FILL OUT THEAT LEAST FIVE 250s A DAY. HE ACCEPTED THE SUPPORT OF MICHAEL BLOOMBERG WHO ABUSED STOP, QUESTION AND FRISK. I SUGGEST IT BE USED ESPECIALLY IN AREAS WHERE THERE IS GANG ACTIVITY, GANG WARS, CONSTANT SHOOTINGS, CONSTANT GUN ACTIVITY, THAT IT BE AT LEAST UTILIZED BY POLICE OFFICERS WHO HAVE TO PREEMPTIVELY STOP THE GANGS, STOP THE GUN VIOLENCE, BECAUSE IT IS GOING TO TAKE ITS TOLL ON INNOCENT CITIZENS WHO ARE FORCED TO LIVE IN THEIR HOMES AT SOLITARY CONFINEMENT FOR THE CITIZENS. IT IS NOT FAIR TO THEM. >> THANK YOU, MR. SLIWA. MR. ADAMS. >> YOU KNOW, THIS IS AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY SPEAKING TO NEW YORKERS TO TALK ABOUT THE FACTS AND NOT FIX. LET\u2019S BE CLEAR. I SPENT MY ENTIRE 22 YEARS FIGHTING ON BEHALF OF POLICE REFORM AFTER BEING ARRESTED AND ASSAULTED BY POLICE OFFICERS, BUT DID NOT SAY WHAT WAS WHY NOT ME. I WENT INTO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT TO STUDY AND BECAME A CAPTAIN. I WENT TO ALBANY AND PASSED LEGISLATION WITH THEN ASSEMBLY MEN JEFFREYS THAT ALLOWED THE -- >> WE HAVE A SPECIFIC QUESTION FOR YOU. I WANT YOU TO RESPOND TO THAT. SALLY. >> WE ARE SORT OF STAYING ON THE SAME THEME. YOU TOO HAVE CALLED FOR MORE AGGRESSIVE POLICING TACTICS TO GET GUNS OFF THE STREETS, INCLUDING STOP AND FRISK IF USED APPROPRIATELY, AND REINSTATING AN ELITE UNIT DISBANDED BECAUSE OF EXCESSIVE FORCE. HOW WILL YOU PROTECT BLACK AND LATINO NEW YORKERS FROM BEING DISPROPORTIONATELY TARGETED. YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE. >> THAT\u2019S EXACTLY WHAT I WAS LAYING OUT, SALLY. I PROTECTED BLACK AND BROWN AND LOW INCOME NEW YORKERS AS A POLICE OFFICER WHEN I WAS FIGHTING FOR REFORM, TESTIFYING IN FEDERAL COURT ABOUT THE OVERUSE OF STOP AND FRISK, FLOYD VERSUS NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT, JUDGE SCHINDLIN ACKNOWLEDGING HER RULING. I WENT TO ALBANY AND PASSED LEGISLATION TO END THE DATABASE THAT HELD INNOCENT PEOPLE INSIDE. MY SON WAS A VICTIM OF STOP AND FRISK IN THIS CITY, AND I WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT. I NEVER CALLED FOR AGGRESSIVE POLICE TACTICS. I CALLED FOR APPROPRIATE POLICE TACTICS. THE NEW ANTI-GUN UNIT THAT ROLLED ZERO IN ON GANGS AND GUNS, PRECISION POLICING BUT ALSO PRECISION RESOURCES. I HAVE BEEN CLEAR ON THIS MESSAGE FOR THE LAST 35 YEARS, SINCE CLIFFORD GLOVER WAS SHOT IN SOUTHEAST QUEENS. I HAVE NOT CHANGED AT ALL ON THIS ISSUE. >> LET ME SUGGEST THAT, ERIC ADAMS, YOU ARE A PROPONENT OF CARRYING A GUN. YOU HAVE SAID TIME AND TIME AGAIN WHEN YOU WERE BOROUGH PRESIDENT, STILL ARE, I CARRY A GUN TO CHURCH. THEN YOU AMENDED THAT AND SAID, YOU KNOW, WHEN I\u2019M MAYOR I\u2019M GOING TO CARRY A GUN. I\u2019M IN THE INNER CITY ALL THE TIME. I DON\u2019T WEAR A BULLET PROOF VEST, I DON\u2019T CARRY A GUN, I NEVER HAVE. I WILL TELL YOU, IF YOU ARE GOING TO REACH YOUNG MEN WHO ARE USING GUNS IN VIOLENT ACTIONS, YOU CANNOT DO AS I SAY BUT NOT AS I DO. >> ALL RIGHT, MR. SLIWA, I NEED TO WRAP YOU UP HERE. >> WHY NOT? I NEVER USED A GUN AND I HAVE BEEN SHOT FIVE TIMES, OFFERED TO CARRY, NEED TO BE A ROLE MODEL. >> MR. ADAMS, A QUICK RESPONSE. >> IT IS CLEAR HE MAKES UP THINGS LIKE HE MAKES UP CRIMES. YOUNG MEN STOP THEM ALL THE TIME AND TELL ME THEY NEVER THOUGHT THEY WOULD GO INTO LAW ENFORCEMENT BUT BECAUSE OF MY ADVOCACY THEY DECIDED TO DO SO. I PASSED UNBELIEVABLE LEGISLATION AND MADE SURE WE PASSED STRICT GUN LAWS IN THE STATE. MY RECORD IS CLEAR. CURTIS, YOU KNOW THAT AND I KNOW THAT AND I\u2019M PROUD OF HOW I SERVED THE CITY AND I WILL CONTINUE TO PROTECT NEW YORKERS TO THE BEST OF MY -- >> GENTLEMEN, THANK YOU. >> -- CARRY A GUN IF ELECTED MAYOR OF THE CITY. >> WE HAVE TO GET TO OTHER QUESTIONS. WE ARE LOOKING FOR SHORTER ANSWERS. FIRST ON HELPING TAXI DRIVERS. A GROUP OF NEW YORK CITY TAXI DRIVERS LAUNCHED A HUNGER STRIKE TODAY DEMANDING THE CITY DO MORE FOR DRIVERS WHO ENDED UP IN FINANCIAL RUIN, UNABLE TO REPAY MASSIVE LOANS FOR THEIR MEDALLIONS. THE CITY SET ASIDE $65 MILLION TO HELP BUT CRITICS SAY IT IS NOT ENOUGH. IF MAYOR, WHAT WILL YOU DO FOR TAXI DRIVERS? TO YOU FIRST, MR. ADAMS. YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS. >> THEY PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN WORKING CLASS IN THE CITY. I CONTINUE TO SAY I\u2019M IN SUPPORT OF MIDDLE CLASS WORKERS. THAT\u2019S WHY SO MANY UNIONS HAVE ENDORSED ME. I BELIEVE MY OPPONENT HAS ONLY BEEN ENDORSED BY RUDY GIULIANI. WHAT WE CAN DO WITH OUR TAXI DRIVERS IS TO ALLOW THEM TO GO ON THE SAME PLATFORM AS THE UBER DRIVERS ARE GOING ON RIGHT NOW. THIS WOULD ALLOW THEM TO NOT ONLY DEAL WITH STREET HELLS BUT ALLOW THEM TO RESPOND TO CALLS. THIS IS AN AMAZING WAY AND UBER IS RULING -- >> OKAY. MR. SLIWA, WHAT WOULD YOU DO FOR TAXI DRIVERS? >> I THINK WE HAVE TO BUY FURKT THIS. THE OTHER DAY ERIC ADAMS WAS SUPPOSED TO MEET WITH MICHAEL COHEN AND KANYE WEST, MICHAEL COHEN WHO HIMSELF OWNED DOZENS OF MEDALLIONS WITH OLIGARCHS FROM THE UKRAINE AND RUSSIA WHO KILLED BUSINESS. NOW, THE INDIVIDUAL OWNER\/OPERATORS OF MEDALLIONS, WE NEED TO SEE HOW WE CAN HELP THEM, BUT I DON\u2019T WANT TO USE TAXPAYER MONEY TO BAIL OUT ME DALAN DALMEDALLION WHO ARE RUSSIAN OR UKRAINIAN OWNERS AND KILLED THE BUSINESS AND YOUR OWN FRIEND MICHAEL COHONEEN WHO OWNED DOZEN >> THE CITY DECIDED THE REMOVE A STATUE OF THOMAS JEFFERSON FROM CITY HALL. THIS COMES AMID A RECKONING OVER HIS HISTORY AS A SLAVE OWNER. DO YOU AGREE IT SHOULD BE REMOVED? MR. SLIWA? >> ABSOLUTELY NOT, ALTHOUGH THEY HAVE MADE THEIR DECISION. THE IDEA WOULD BE TO REPURPOSE AND FIND A PLACE FOR THOMAS JEFFERSON. >> ALL RIGHT. >> WHO CREATED OUR DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. >> THANK YOU, MR. SLIWA. MR. ADAMS. >> YOU FIND A DIFFICULT TIME TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS. YES, AS YOU ASKED ME. YES. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN REMOVED. >> ALL RIGHT, MR. ADAMS. THANK YOU BOTH. I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT OUTDOOR DINING. MANY RESTAURANTS SURVIVED THE PANDEMIC BY BUILDING OUTDOOR SEATING IN STREETS AND IN SOME CASES IN PARKING SPACES. WOULD YOU ALLOW THESE STRUCTURES TO REMAIN WHERE THEY ARE? MR. ADAMS? >> IS THAT A YES OR NO QUESTION? >> YES OR NO. >> YES, I WOULD. >> MR. SLIWA, WOULD YOU ALLOW THEM TO REMAIN? >> SOMETHING THE SIZE YOU COULD LAND A 747 JET IN THERE. I MEAN WE HAVE GOT TO DOWNSIZE IT. >> NO. >> WE CAN\u2019T TAKE UP ALL OF THE NEEDED SPACE FOR THE BICYCLISTS, FOR VEHICLES AND THE PEDESTRIANS. >> ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU. ALLAN. >> THANK YOU. AS WE COME OUT OF THE PANDEMIC, GETTING PEOPLE BACK TO THE OFFICE, ESPECIALLY IN MANHATTAN, IS CRITICAL TO RESTORING THE CITY\u2019S ECONOMY. THE MAYOR AND CEO OF A WORKFORCE NUMBERING MORE THAN 300,000. THAT\u2019S MORE THAN ANY COMPANY IN THE CITY. MR. SLIWA, WILL YOU REQUIRE CITY WORKERS TO RETURN TO THEIR PLACE OF WORK FULL TIME AND HOW WILL YOU HANDLE THOSE WHO REFUSE? YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS. >> FIRST OFF, ALLAN, GOOD TO SEE YOU. HOPEFULLY THIS JUNE WHEN THE PUERTO RICAN PARADE RESUMES AND I CAN JUMP ON YOUR TELEMUNDO FLOAT IN THE MICROPHONE WE BOTH CAN SAY WAY PA AND WE WILL KNOW NEW YORK CITY IS BACK. TO BE SPECIFIC, TO BE SPECIFIC ABOUT THIS, HOW CAN THEY ORDER ALL OF THE CITY WORKERS BACK WHEN MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL ARE NOT BACK? THEY\u2019RE NOT IN THEIR CHAMBERS. IT SHOULD BE DO AS I SAY AND DO AS I DO. SO LET THE CITY COUNCIL GET BACK INTO CHAMBERS, GET THEIR STAFF BACK INTO THE OFFICES ACROSS CITY HALL, AND THEN THEY CAN ISSUE DEMANDS TO THE OTHER CIVIL SERVANTS TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE IN THEIR WORKPLACE. >> THANK YOU, MR. SLIWA. MR. ADAMS, THE SAME QUESTION TO YOU. WILL YOU REQUIRE WORKERS TO RETURN TO THEIR PLACE OF WORK FULL TIME AND HOW WILL YOU HANDLE THOSE WHO REFUSE? YOU ALSO HAVE 30 SECONDS. >> THANK YOU. EVENTUALLY WE MUST GET TO THE PLACE, NEW YORK, WHILE CITY IS UP AND OPERATING. I BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD DO IT IN LAYERS. NUMBER ONE, THERE\u2019S CLEAR JOBS THAT WE CAN DO REMOTELY. MY STAFF AT BOROUGH HALL, THEY\u2019RE STILL RESPONDING TO THOUSANDS OF CALLS REMOTELY. ONCE WE REACH A SAFE PLACE AND REALIZE WE ARE NOT HAVING A SPIKE IN COVID, THEN WE CAN BRING BACK AN ADDITIONAL NUMBER. BUT WE HAVE TO GET THE CITY BACK UP AND RUNNING BECAUSE OF THE ECOSYSTEM. THAT EMPLOYEE IS SPENDING MONEY IN THE RESTAURANTS, THE CAFETERIA. THEY ARE GETTING THEIR HAIR DONE AND THEY\u2019RE DOING OTHER THINGS. THAT\u2019S PART OF OUR ECOSYSTEM THAT WE MUST RESPECT. >> THANK YOU. >> ERIC, YOU ARE WITH YOUR LEADS, THE CALLS TO BROOKLYN BOROUGH PRESIDENT OFFICE, YOU HAVE POTHOLES GALORE, GRAFFITI AND GARBAGE ALL OVER. THE QUALITY OF LIFE IS ZILCH. YOU HAVE TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY WITH YOUR PARTNER BILL de BLASIO WHO DESTROYED THE CITY. >> I\u2019M SORRY. MR. ADAMS, A QUICK YES OR NO FOLLOW-UP WITH YOU. YOU WERE ENDORSED BY THE CITY\u2019S LARGEST UNION, DC37, WHICH IS CHALLENGING THE ORDER TO COME BACK TO WORK FIVE DAYS A WEEK IN PERSON. AS MAYOR WOULD YOU OPPOSE DC37 ON THIS ISSUE? YES OR NO. >> THEY HAVE A RESPECT TO PROTECT THEIR UNIONS, AND I WILL ALLOW THE COURT TO DECIDE HOW TO MOVE FORWARD. >> JUST I WANT TO GIVE YOU ONE MORE CHANCE. YES OR NO, WOULD YOU SUPPORT OR OPPOSE THEM ON THE ISSUE? >> SALLY, AS I STATED, THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO GO TO COURT AS ANY OTHER UNION SHOULD DO, AND I WILL RESPECT THE DECISION THAT COMES FROM THE COURT. >> OKAY. WE\u2019RE GOING TO MOVE ON TO THE ECONOMY NOW. MANY LARGE COMPANIES HAVE POSTPONED RETURN-TO-WORK UNTIL NEXT YEAR. WE KNOW THAT FEARS ABOUT CRIME AND THE DELTA VARIANT PLAY A ROLE. PUTTING THAT ASIDE, SOME COMPANIES ARE EMBRACING A HYBRID MODEL WHERE PEOPLE ARE ONLY EXPECTED IN THE OFFICE FOR PART OF THE WEEK. MR. ADAMS, IF OFFICES DO NOT FILL UP AGAIN, THE BLOW TO THE CITY\u2019S ECONOMY WILL BE DEVASTATING. WHAT IS YOUR MOST CREATIVE IDEA TO BRING IN NEW BUSINESSES OR INDUSTRIES, AND YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE? >> IT IS NOT CREATIVE. IT IS CLEAR. IT IS TOO EXPENSIVE, TOO BUREAUCRATIC, TOO DIFFICULT TO DO BUSINESS IN NEW YORK CITY. WE ARE A SILO CITY WHERE OUR AGENCIES ARE NOT FRIENDLY TO THE EMPIRE STATE. WE NEED TO BE CLEAR ON DOING SO, IMMEDIATELY, DAY ONE, I WILL PUT IN PLACE AN ORDER THAT WE\u2019RE GOING TO SUSPEND ALL FINES TO OUR SMALL BUSINESSES, AND THEN WE WILL ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN THE CITY. THAT IS HOW WE ARE GOING TO GET OUT OF COVID. LOOK AT OUR YOUNG FAMILIES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO THINGS LIKE UNIVERSAL CHILD CARE, THAT WE MAKE SURE WE LOOK AT THOSE OVER 250,000 JOBS THAT WERE AVAILABLE PRE-COVID BUT DID NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TRAINING. SO ONCE THE CITY EMBRACES NEW BUSINESS AND ALLOWS US TO BE THE CENTER OF CYBERSECURITY, BIOTECH, THE CENTER OF TECHNOLOGY, THE CENTER OF DRONE DEVELOPMENT, THAT IS WHEN WE WILL ATTRACT BUSINESSES TO COME HERE AGAIN. RIGHT NOW WE ARE UNFRIENDLY CITY TO BUSINESSES, IN THIS CITY. >> THANK YOU. >> WE HAVE TO USE COMMON SENSE. THAT HAS TO DO WITH PUBLIC SAFETY IN THE STREETS AND THE SUBWAYS. >> MR. SLIWA -- >> IF IT IS UNSAFE WORKERS WILL STAY AWAY. >> WE HAVE TO -- >> LOOK AT THE POOR LOST SOULS, EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED, THE HOMELESS PEOPLE. WE HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THEM. >> OKAY. >> WE HAVE TO HAVE COMPASSION. >> I\u2019M SORRY, WE HAVE TO MOVE ON TO THE QUESTION FOR YOU. WHAT IS YOUR BIG IDEA TO FILL EMPTY OFFICES AND RESHAPE THE CITY\u2019S ECONOMY? YOU ALSO HAVE ONE MINUTE. >> WELL, THERE ARE MANY WORKERS WHO WILL OPT TO ACTUALLY GET PAID LESS IN ORDER TO ENJOY A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE, NOT JUST IN THE CITY BUT IN THE OUTER SURROUNDING TRI-STATE AREA. THERE\u2019S NO WAY TO FORCE THEM TO COME BACK TO WORK. IMAGINE, THEY\u2019RE GOING TO TAKE ONE-THIRD LESS PAY. WE HAVE TO LOOK AT MILLIONS OF SQUARE FEET THAT ARE EMPTY, COMMERCIAL SPACE. WE\u2019RE GOING TO HAVE TO START REPURPOSING IT FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING. LOOK AT THE HUDSON YARDS. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO? TURN IT INTO MAUSOLEUMS? THEY HAVE SO MANY BUILDINGS STILL IN CONSTRUCTION BECAUSE THE MONIES APPROPRIATED BEFORE THE LOCKDOWN AND PANDEMIC, THERE ARE NO TENANTS, NO PEOPLE TO LEASE THE SPACE. SO WE BETTER START APPROPRIATING A CONCEPT AND AN IDEA OF TURNING IT INTO AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND MAKE UTILIZATION OF THE SPACE. YOU WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO USE IT FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES SOLELY ANY LONGER. >> THANK YOU. MR. ADAMS, TODAY THE WHITE HOUSE STARTED TO LAY THE GROUND WORK TO VACCINATE CHILDREN AGES 5 TO 11 FOR COVID. YOU SAID YOU WOULD MANDATE COVID VACCINES FOR ALL ELIGIBLE NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC SCHOOL CHILDREN. SO HOW WOULD YOU HANDLE FAMILIES WHO REFUSE? YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS. >> WELL, THE GOAL IS CLEAR. WE ARE GOING TO FOLLOW THE SCIENCE. I STATED THIS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. I STATED AFTER FDA APPROVAL, THAT\u2019S VERY IMPORTANT, BECAUSE, REMEMBER, THE FIRST LEVEL OF VACCINATIONS CAME OUT IN EMERGENCY. WE CANNOT DO ANYTHING WITHOUT FDA APPROVAL. I\u2019M GOING TO COMMUNICATE WITH MY FAMILY MEMBERS, AND I KNOW THIS AN EMOTIONAL MOMENT FOR SO MANY, BUT I\u2019M GOING TO COMMUNICATE WITH THEM AND SHOW WHY IT IS IMPORTANT WE CAN\u2019T GO BACKWARDS. WE HAVE TO PROTECT THE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES. >> BUT, MR. ADAMS, THERE WILL CERTAINLY UNDOUBTEDLY BE SOME PARENTS WHO CHOOSE NOT TO HAVE THEIR CHILDREN VACCINATED. WHAT DOES SCHOOL LOOK LIKE FOR THOSE CHILDREN? >> LET\u2019S BE CLEAR. EVEN WITH MEASLES, MUMPS AND OTHERS THERE WAS A SUBSTANTIAL SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE CITY THAT DID NOT WANT ANY VACCINE AT ALL, AND WE HAVE TO STILL EDUCATE THESE CHILDREN. THERE ARE OPTIONS -- >> WILL THERE BE A REMOTE OPTION? TRY TO GET TO A QUICK ANSWER. >> I\u2019M HOPING FOR A REMOTE OPTION, WHATEVER WE CAN DO TO EDUCATE AND PROTECT OUR CHILDREN AT THE SAME TIME. >> THANK YOU, MR. ADAMS. MR. SLIWA, YOU OPPOSE MANDATES FOR CITY SCHOOL CHILDREN, BUT AS MR. ADAMS MENTIONED THE CITY REQUIRES STUDENTS TO BE VACCINATED FOR THINGS LIKE POLIO AND MEASLES SO WHY NOT COVID? >> WELL, I HAVE THREE SONS WHO ARE IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM, HIGH SCHOOL, JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. I SAW WHAT HAPPENED FOR THE YEAR AND A HALF WHEN THEY WERE FORCED TO HAVE VIRTUAL LEARNING AT HOME. UNLIKE THE PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS WHO DID A MAGNIFICENT JOB GETTING THE TEACHERS AND CHILDREN IN THE CLASSROOM. NOTICE, THEY DIDN\u2019T HAVE PROBLEMS. BUT NOW WE ARE GOING TO KICK OUT KIDS, SOME OF WHOM WON\u2019T GET VACCINES? THIS IS LIKE THE SECOND TIME IN EIGHT YEARS I ACTUALLY AGREE WITH BILL de BLASIO. >> BUT, MR. SLIWA -- >> THE FIRST ONE, AND NOT TO FORCE THE CHILDREN. >> THE QUESTION -- >> WE NEED THEM IN SCHOOL LEARNING. >> TIME IS UP. >> WE ROBBED THEM OF A YEAR NOW. >> THE QUESTION WAS NOT WHETHER OR NOT TO KICK OUT KIDS. IT WAS WHETHER OR NOT TO MANDATE THE VACCINE FOR CHILDREN. THE QUESTION IS WHY FOR THE OTHER ILLNESSES BUT NOT COVID? A QUICK ANSWER. >> I\u2019VE BEEN VACCINATED FOR ALL OF THOSE THINGS. HOW ABOUT GETTING PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT? DO WE NOT WANT PARENTS INVOLVED IN THIS PROCESS? >> OKAY. >> BY THE WAY, WE STILL DON\u2019T HAVE MODERNA OR PFIZER OR JOHNSON & JOHNSON, IT HAS BEEN SAID TO BE SAFE. >> NOTED. THANK YOU. >> FOR OUR YOUNGER CHILDREN. >> STAYING ON THE SUBJECT OF SCHOOLS, MAYOR de BLASIO ANNOUNCED A PLAN TO FEES OUT THE GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS. YOU BOTH DISAGREE WITH THE DECISION. THE PROGRAMS INCLUDE A CONTROVERSIAL EXAM GIVEN TO 4 YEAR OLDS. WILL YOU KEEP THE SAME TEST? IF SO, HOW WILL YOU ADDRESS THE RACIAL IMBALANCE THAT RESULTS FROM THE PROCESS? MR. SLIWA, YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS. >> NUMBER ONE, THERE\u2019S ONLY 2,500 SLOTS AVAILABLE FOR GIFTED AND TALENTED OUT OF 65,000 CHILDREN WHO GO TO KINDERGARTEN. ONE OF THOSE WAS MY SON. I SAT IN THE ASSEMBLY HALL. HE WENT IN FOR HIS TEST. HE LOST OUT. HE DID NOT GET INTO GIFTED AND TALENTED. BUT WE SEEM TO BE TAKING IT OUT ON ASIAN FAMILIES AND SOUTHEAST ASIAN FAMILIES BECAUSE THEY\u2019RE DOING SO WELL. WE NEED TO EXPAND GIFTED AND TALENTED SO IT IS IN ALL SCHOOLS, EVEN IF ONLY THREE OR TWO CHILDREN QUALIFY. >> OKAY. >> IN THE BRONX OR BROOKLYN. >> THANK YOU. >> THERE SHOULD BE GIFTED AND TALENTED IN THOSE SCHOOLS. >> THANK YOU. MR. ADAMS, YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS. >> EDUCATION IS SO IMPORTANT TO ME. I HAVE SHARED OVER AND OVER AGAIN GOING THROUGH PUBLIC SCHOOL WITH A LEARNING DISABILITY, UNDIAGNOSED UNTIL I GOT INTO COLLEGE. THAT IS WHY I BELIEVE THAT NOT ONLY SHOULD WE EXPAND OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACCELERATED LEARNERS, MAKE SURE IT IS IN EVERY DISTRICT IN OUR CITY AND EVERY ZIP CODE, BUT WE SHOULD ALSO LOOK AT THE CHILDREN WHO LEARN DIFFERENTLY. IT DOESN\u2019T MEAN THEY CAN\u2019T LEARN. WE NEED TO DO DYSLEXIA SCREENING. WE MUST MAKE SURE WE GO FOR CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES SO THE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE VARIOUS EDUCATION WILL BE REMOVED FOR ALL OF OUR CHILDREN. >> MR. ADAMS, YOUR TIME IS UP. TO PIN YOU DOWN ON THE QUESTION, WILL YOU KEEP THE SAME TEST THAT IS CURRENTLY BEING USED? >> I MADE IT CLEAR THAT WE NEED TO LOOK AT THAT EXAM. I DON\u2019T BELIEVE A 4 YEAR OLD TAKING THE EXAM SHOULD DETERMINE THE REST OF THEIR SCHOOL EXPERIENCE. THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. WE ARE GOING TO LET PARENTS OPT OUT AND WE ARE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE EVALUATE AND EXPAND THROUGHOUT THAT EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE. >> THANK YOU, MR. ADAMS. >> INSTEAD OF FOCUSING JUST ON ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE WE NEED TO FOCUS AT A MUCH EARLIER AGE FOR OUR CHILDREN, VOCATIONAL TRAINING. >> OKAY. >> THERE IS SUCH -- >> OKAY. >> -- DEMAND FOR CARPENTERS, ELECTRICIANS, PLUMBERS, COMPUTER PROGRAMMERS. >> THANK YOU. WE HAVE TO KEEP GOING. >> HOME HEALTH CARE ATTENDANTS. >> WE HAVE TO KEEP GOING. >> A SHORT TIME, I WANT TO FOLLOW THE RULES. CAN HE PLEASE ADHERE TO THE RULES YOU SET UP TODAY? >> WE ARE HEARING TO THE RULES. DISCRETIONARY TO GIVE YOU A CHANCE TO RESPOND, BUT WE ENCOURAGE YOU BOTH TO RESPOND TO THE RULES. LET\u2019S MOVE ON HERE. WE HAVE SHORT-ANSWER QUESTIONS WE ARE LOOKING FOR. SHOULD THE SCHOOL YEAR BE LONGER AND SUMMER BREAK SHORTER? MR. SLIWA? >> ABSOLUTELY. WE ROBBED A YEAR AND A HALF. >> LONGER? >> YES. >> I JUST WANT -- I WASN\u2019T CLEAR ON WHAT YOU WERE SAY IN. SHOULD THE SCHOOL YEAR BE LONGER. >> LABOR DAY TO JULY 30th. >> A LONGER SCHOOL YEAR. >> YES, A MONTH OF TIME OFF. >> OKAY. MR. ADAMS? >> EITHER LONGER HOURS DURING THE SCHOOL WEEK OR AN EXTENDED TIME DURING THE SUMMER, BUT WE NEED MORE CLASSROOM TIME. >> ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU. MAYOR de BLASIO DECLARED NEW YORK A SANCTUARY CITY WHICH LIMITS COOPERATION WITH FEDERAL IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES. LOOKING FOR A YES OR NO HERE. AS MAYOR WILL YOU CONTINUE THAT POLICY. MR. ADAMS? >> YES, WE SHOULD. WE SHOULD PROTECT OUR IMMIGRANTS DURING THE COVID IMMIGRANT STAY. THEY PROVIDED A SERVICE FOR THE CITY AND I BELIEVE WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO MAKE SURE IT IS A SANCTUARY CITY. >> MR. SLIWA? >> HOW COULD YOU RULE OUT I.C.E.? FORMER GOVERNOR CUOMO CALLED THEM THUGS. THEY TRACKED DOWN MS-13, 18th STREET, VICIOUS PREDATORS. >> SO YOU WOULD NOT CONTINUE THE POLICY. >> WE HAVE TO HAVE COOPERATION WITH I.C.E.. >> THANK YOU. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ARE LINING UP BEHIND CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR. YOU ARE TWO OF THE MOST PROMINENT PARTY MEMBERS IN THE STATE, SO WHO GETS YOUR VOTE FOR GOVERNOR, MR. SLIWA? >> NO ONE AT THIS POINT. THERE\u2019S A PRIMARY PROCESS. >> ALL RIGHT. >> IT IS SPIRITED WITH DEMOCRATS AND -- >> MR. ADAMS, WHO WOULD GET YOUR VOTE FOR GOVERNOR? >> RIGHT NOW I\u2019M RUNNING FOR MAYOR AND NOVEMBER 2nd I WANT TO BE MAYOR OF THE CITY. >> OKAY. >> 2022 WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF. >> THANK YOU. >> THERE\u2019S ONLY ONE PERSON THAT ANNOUNCED THUS FAR. >> THANK YOU. SALLY. >> I THINK WE ALL CAN AGREE TRUST IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE TO VOTERS WHEN CHOOSING THEIR NEXT MAYOR. MR. SLIWA, YOU ADMITTED TO CONCOCTING VARIOUS INCIDENTS INVOLVING THE GUARDIAN ANGELS INCLUDING A FAKE KIDNAPPING. GIVEN THIS, WHY SHOULD VOTERS TRUST YOU? YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE. >> FOR 42 YEARS I PROVIDED PUBLIC SAFETY IN THE STREETS OF NEW YORK CITY AND IN COUNTRIES AND CITIES AROUND THE WORLD AS A VOLUNTEER. NEVER ASKED FOR ANYTHING IN RETURN. I MADE MISTAKES. I WAS IMMATURE AT THE AGE OF 25, DID THINGS I SHOULD NOT HAVE DONE. I KNOW MY OPPONENT, ERIC ADAMS, SIMILARLY HAS DONE THINGS THAT HE\u2019S APOLOGIZED FOR. I DID APOLOGIZE FOR IT. I BROUGHT IT TO EVERYBODY\u2019S ATTENTION, AND I WILL CONTINUE TO APOLOGIZE FOR IT, BUT I HAVE EARNED THE TRUST OF NEW YORKERS. JUST FOLLOW ME IN THE STREETS AND SUBWAYS. I AM THERE. I AM THE PEOPLE\u2019S CHOICE. ERIC ADAMS IS WITH THE ELITES IN THE SUITES, THE TIKTOK GIRLS, TRYING TO SORT OF LIVE UP TO THE KARDASHIANS AT CLUB ZERO BOND. COME ON, ERIC. COME BACK, COME BACK TO THE STREETS AND THE SUBWAYS. >> JUST A QUICK -- >> BE WITH THE REAL PEEPS. >> A QUICK FOLLOW-UP, YOU SAY IT IS A LONG TIME AGO. LET\u2019S TALK ABOUT RECENTLY YOU TWEETED YOU FOUND A GUN AT A SHOOTING SCENE ON THE UPPER WEST SIDE. YOU LATER DELETED THE TWEET, CALLED IT A MISCOMMUNICATION. IT WASN\u2019T 30 YEARS AGO, ABOUT A MONTH AGO. >> YEAH, THE GUN WAS FOUND FIRST BY THE POLICE. I CRAWLED UNDER THE CAR WHERE THE GUN WAS AND A MEMBER OF MY TEAM MISTWEETED, ALSO QUESTIONED ERIC ADAMS\u2019 SERVICE AS A POLICE OFFICER. I SAID ELIMINATE THAT. HE SERVED AS A POLICE OFFICER. >> OKAY. >> WE DON\u2019T DO THOSE THINGS. MY MISTAKE. I TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR MY TEAM\u2019S MISTAKE. >> OKAY. MR. ADAMS, SINCE THE PRIMARY IN JUNE YOUR AMENDED TAX RETURN FILING CONTINUED TO RAISE SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT WHETHER YOU LIVE WHERE YOU SAY YOU LIVE. THE QUESTION AGAIN HERE IS WHY SHOULD NEW YORKERS PUT THEIR TRUSZ TRUST IN YOU? YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE. >> NEW YORKERS HAVE WATCHED ME FOR OVER 35 YEARS OF UNINTERRUPTED SERVICE TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS CITY. I SERVED WELL AS THE STATE SENATOR, AS -- PRESIDENT AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. I STATED THAT I HAD AN ACCOUNTANT THAT WAS GOING THROUGH SOME PERSONAL STRIVE. HE WAS HOMELESS OVER THREE YEARS, HE WENT THROUGH SOME REAL TRAUMA, AND I\u2019M NOT A HYPOCRITE. I WANTED TO STILL GIVE HIM THE SUPPORT THAT HE NEEDED, BUT I TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY. WE AMENDED THE TAXES AND WE ARE PLEASED TO MOVE FORWARD, AND THAT MISTAKE WILL NOT HAPPEN AGAIN. >> THANK YOU. JUST A QUICK FOLLOW-UP TO THAT. YOU HAVE SAID THAT YOUR BROOKLYN BROWNSTONE IS YOUR PRIMARY RESIDENCE. ROUGHLY HOW MANY NIGHTS WOULD YOU SAY YOU HAVE BEEN THERE IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS, LET\u2019S SAY? >> I STAY AT MY BROWNSTONE, I LIVE IN BROOKLYN. THAT\u2019S MY PRIMARY RESIDENCE. I WILL SPEND TIME IN BOROUGH HALL BECAUSE SOMETIMES I WORK UNTIL 4:00 OR 5:00 AT NIGHT. I PUT MY FEET ON THE DESK LIKE I DID WHEN I WAS IN THE PRECINCT, BUT IT IS MY PRIMARY RESIDENCE. I DON\u2019T JOT DOWN THE NUMBER OF DAYS I\u2019M THERE BUT THAT\u2019S WHERE I LAY MY HEAD. >> ERIC ADAMS SPENT MORE TIME ON VACATION IN MONACO. WHO GOES TO MONACO? THE RICH, THE FAMOUS. >> WE HAVE TO MOVE ON. THANK YOU. >> THAT HAD TO BE DRAGGED OUT OF YOU THAT YOU WENT TO MONACO. I WAS STANDING WITH A CORRECTIONAL OFFICER AND PROTESTSERS -- >> WE HAVE TO MOVE ON. >> PROTESTING CONDITIONS OUTSIDE LIKER ISLAND. >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WHEN REMNANTS OF HURRICANE IDA HIT THE CITY AT LEAST 13 CITY RESIDENTS DROWN AND PEOPLE WERE SWIMMING THROUGH SUBWAY STATIONS. CLIMATE CHANGE MUST BE THE TOP OF MIND OF ANY MAYOR. HERE IS THE SCENARIO. AS MAYOR YOU LEARN A STORM LIKE IDA IS APPROACHING THE CITY, YOU HAVE 48 HOURS TO PREPARE. GIVE US THREE THINGS YOU WOULD DO TO PREVENT A SIMILAR LOSS OF LIFE AND PROTECT THE CITY. WE WILL BEGIN WITH YOU, MR. ADAMS. YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE. >> FIRST OF ALL, WE SHOULD NOT WAIT 48 HOURS. THAT IS A MISTAKE. WE ARE GOING TO INSTITUTE A CLEAR RESPONSE PLAN LIKE WE HAVE WITH TERRORISM. WE LEARNED FROM TERRORISM. YOU DON\u2019T WAIT UNTIL THE DAY OF OR WHEN A PLANE ATTACKS. WE WILL PUT IN PLACE A NUMBER SYSTEM SO THAT WHEN THE CODE IS MENTION, IF IT IS A LEVEL ONE, LEVEL TWO, LEVEL THREE, ALL OF THE AGENCIES WILL KNOW WHAT TO DO. WE ARE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CLOSE WHAT HIGHWAYS NEED TO BE CLOSED. WE WILL KNOW WHERE THE BASEMENT APARTMENTS ARE LOCATED SO WE CAN PROPERLY NOTIFY PEOPLE AT THAT TIME. WE WILL LOOK TO KNOW HOW TO DEPLOY CITY WIDE. IT IS A CONCERTED PLAN WE MUST PUT IN PLACE. WE WERE CAUGHT OFF GUARD. IT CAN NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN. BASED ON THE LEVEL OF THE THREAT, EVERY AGENCY WILL KNOW BEFOREHAND HOW THEY\u2019RE GOING TO RESPOND IN A CONCERTED WAY. >> LET ME EXPLAIN THAT PEOPLE HAVE NO FAITH IN POLITICIANS LIKE ERIC ADAMS OR BILL de BLASIO OR OTHERS. WE WERE PROMISED A SEA WALL IN STATEN ISLAND AFTER HURRICANE SANDY. THE MONEY WAS APPROPRIATED. STILL WAITING. 5 1\/2 MILES, NOT ONE BRICK LAID. DOWNTOWN THE FINANCIAL DISTRICT WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE A SEA WALL, NOT YET LAID. ON DAY ONE I SAID IT -- >> WHAT THREE THINGS WOULD YOU DO, MR. SLIWA? >> OUT THERE IN FOREST HILLS, IN GLENDALE, IN MIDDLE VILLAGE, IN THROGS NECK WHICH WAS FLOODED, AS WAS MENTIONED BEFORE THIS DEBATE, DRAINAGE, CATCH BASINS, SEWERS NEED TO BE CLEANED OUT. de BLASIO NEVER DID THAT. THE DEPARTMENT OF THE EPA DIDN\u2019T DO THAT. >> DID YOU -- ALL RIGHT. >> THAT HAS TO BE DONE FIRST. >> TWO SECONDS LEFT. THREE THINGS YOU WOULD DO? >> THREE THINGS? CLEAN THE CATCH BASINS AND SEWERS ON A REGULAR BASINS. GET THOSE SEA WALLS BUILT UP, AND MAKE SURE THAT AREAS ARE DESIGNATED A FLOOD ZONE SO THEY CAN COLLECT -- >> OKAY. I WILL GIVE YOU A FEW SECONDS TO RESPOND, MR. ADAMS. >> LET\u2019S BE CLEAR. SEA WALLS WOULD NOT HAVE STOPPED THE STORM. YOU HAD TO BE OUT THERE MOVING THROUGH THE CITY HELPING PEOPLE TO REALIZE THAT THIS WAS RAIN. THIS HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH SEA WALLS. IF WE KEEP THINKING ANTIQUATED METHODS TO A MODERN PROBLEM WE WILL NEVER DEAL WITH IT. IT MUST BE INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION TO GET THE PROBLEM RESOLVED. >> THANK YOU. >> NEVER BUILT THE SEA WALL. THE MONEY IS THERE. WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR? ANOTHER SUPER STORM SANDY. >> ALLAN HAS A RELATED QUESTION. >> THANK YOU. SOME OF THOSE WHO DIED IN THE FLOOD AND TRAPPED IN ILLEGAL BASEMENT APARTMENTS, THOUSANDS OF THESE PLACES EXIST IN THE CITY. MANY ARE HOME TO UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS. MR. ADAMS, YOU HAVE TALKED ABOUT BRINGING THESE APANTMENTSRTMENTS CODE AND MANAGING THEM. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE AND HOW WILL YOU DO IT? YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE, SIR. >> CLEARLY THERE NEEDS TO BE A COORDINATED EFFORT BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS AND THE FDNY. THEN WE MUST ALLOCATE THE FUNDING TO BE ABLE TO LEGALIZE THESE APARTMENTS. WE CAN\u2019T AUTOMATICALLY REMOVE PEOPLE FROM THESE APARTMENTS. AS YOU KNOW, WE HAVE AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS. IN THE MEANTIME WE MUST HAVE A REAL METHOD OF NOTIFYING THEM IF THERE IS A DANGEROUS STORM BY USING TECHNOLOGY, NOTIFICATIONS THROUGH THEIR DEVICES OR EVEN A SIREN SYSTEM THAT I CALLED FOR. BUT IT IS ABOUT LEGALIZING THESE APARTMENTS SO WE DON\u2019T DISPLACE PEOPLE UNJUSTLY. >> THANK YOU. MR. SLIWA. >> YOU KNOW, ERIC ADAMS HAS BEEN CITED FOR AN ILLEGAL CONVERSION IN THE BUILDING HE IS NEVER IN IN THE LAFAYETTE BASEMENT. >> MR. SLIWA. >> WE HAVE A SPECIFIC QUESTION FOR YOU, MR. SLIWA. YOU WERE AGAINST LEGALIZING BASEMENT APARTMENTS, AND WHAT IS THE ALTERNATIVE FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN\u2019T AFFORD TO GO SOMEWHERE ELSE? >> NUMBER ONE. >> YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE. >> IT CAN ONLY BE MADE ILLEGAL IF THE LANDLORD OR THE CUSTODIAN OR THE MANAGER OF THE BUILDING ALLOWS THAT. THEY ARE SUBDIVIDING THOSE BASEMENTS ILLEGALLY. I HAVE BEEN INTO SO MANY OF THEM. IT IS A DANGER JUST LIVING THERE ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS. NOW, WE CAN\u2019T KICK THEM OUT. THAT WOULD BE INHUMANE. BUT WE CAN START MOVING THEM SLOWLY BUT SURELY OUT OF THOSE ILLEGAL SUBDIVIDED BASEMENTS WHICH BECAUSE OF FIRE, BECAUSE OF LIVING NEXT TO THE BOILER, NO ESCAPES, POTENTIAL FLOODS. WE\u2019RE NOT A COMPASSIONATE SOCIETY. IT IS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY. IT IS ALL ABOUT THE DEVELOPERS, REALTORS WANTING TO MAKE MONEY, THE SAME PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT ERIC ADAMS. THEY DON\u2019T SUPPORT ME BECAUSE I WOULD FINE THEM, AND, IF NECESSARY, PUT THEM IN JAIL IF THEY DON\u2019T ABIDE BY THE RESTRICTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS. >> THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU. WE\u2019RE GOING TO MOVE ON TO RIKERS ISLAND, BUT, MR. ADAMS, IF YOU WANTED TO QUICKLY RESPOND TO WHAT MR. SLIWA SAID? >> NO, I DON\u2019T WANT TO RESPOND. I RESPOND TO THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY WHO SUPPORTED ME, AND THE UNION MEMBERS AND OTHERS WHO SUPPORTED ME. I WILL RESPOND TO THAT. >> FAIR ENOUGH. WE WILL MOVE TO RIKERS ISLAND. THE NEXT MAYOR WILL INHERIT THE CRISIS AT RIKERS ISLAND, 14 INMATE DEATHS JUST THIS YEAR AND MANY CORRECTION OFFICERS NOT SHOWING UP TO WORK. THERE\u2019S A PLAN TO CLOSE THE JAIL AND REPLACE IT WITH SMALLER FACILITIES ACROSS THE CITY BUT IT IS A LONG WAY OFF. MR. ADAMS, YOU SUPPORT CLOSING RIKERS, BUT WHAT ARE YOU PREPARED TO DO MORE IMMEDIATELY ON DAY ONE? YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE. >> YES, I DO SUPPORT THE PLAN TO CLOSE RIKERS. WE HAVE TO LOOK AT PLACING OF THE NEW JAILS AND MAKE SURE THE INCOMING COUNCIL PERSONS AGREE WITH THE LOCATIONS, BUT RIGHT NOW WE NEED TO RESPOND TO THE NEEDS OF NOT ONLY THE INMATES WHO ARE THERE BUT ALSO THE CORRECTION OFFICERS. SOMETIMES WE FORGET THAT THESE CORRECTION OFFICERS HAVE BEEN WARNING US FOR YEARS. WARNING US FOR YEARS. MANY OF THEM ARE BLACK AND BROWN WOMEN. DEAF HUMAN WASTE THROWN ON THEM, ASSAULTED, BEAT, MANY CELL BLOCKS WITHOUT GUARDS AT ALL. WHAT WE MUST IMMEDIATELY DO IS STOP THE BOTTLENECK. THOSE WHO ARE GOING TO COURT, LET\u2019S GET THEM TO COURT TO DETERMINE IF THEY\u2019RE INNOCENT OR IF THEY CAN SERVE THEIR TIME IN THE STATE FACILITIES WHERE THEY\u2019RE SUPPOSED TO DO. THEN WE MUST IMMEDIATELY TELL THE OFFICERS WHO ARE NOT ON DUTY FOR WHATEVER REASON THAT THE NOT INAPPROPRIATE, WE NEED YOU BACK TO SERVE, BUT WE\u2019RE GOING TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR YOU. THAT IS ALL THEY\u2019RE ASKING FOR. THEY ARE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ALSO. >> THANK YOU, MR. ADAMS. MR. SLIWA, YOU HAVE SAID, QUOTE, THE INMATES CONTROL RIKERS AND YOU OPPOSE CLOSING IT. AS MAYOR HOW WILL YOU GET THE SITUATION UNDER CONTROL IMMEDIATELY? YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE. >> UNLIKE ERIC ADAMS\u2019 ALLY BILL de BLASIO WHO REFUSED TO GO TO RIKERS FOR ALL OF FOUR-AND-A-HALF YEARS AND THEN WHEN HE FINALLY VISITED NEVER TALKED TO ONE INMATE, NOT ONE CORRECTIONAL OFFICER, HE DIDN\u2019T VISIT ONE CELL OR ONE DORMITORY. THERE IS A WARDEN\u2019S HOUSE ON RIKERS ISLAND. JANUARY 2nd, THAT\u2019S WHERE I\u2019M STAYING, THE WARDEN\u2019S HOUSE TO SUPERVISE WHAT HAS TO BE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS WHO HAVE THE TOUGHEST JOB IN THE CITY. I\u2019M GOING TO BE THERE TO SHAKE EVERY MAN AND WOMAN\u2019S HAND, GET AN ADDITIONAL 2,000 CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS THAT WE NEED, AND GET THE EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED INMATES TO STATE FACILITIES FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND MEDICATION. THEY SHOULD NOT BE ON RIKERS, AND THE GANGS, THE GANG BANGERS KNOW THIS BECAUSE I KNOW DID GANGS. THEY WILL BE DIVIDED IT. BLOOD NOT HOUSED WITH BLOODS, KRIPS NOT WITH CRIPS. I HAVE BEEN THERE. >> A MENTALLY ILL WOMAN ARRESTED SEVERAL TIMES PUSHED A SUBWAY RIDER INTO A MOVING TRAIN IN TIMES SQUARE. IT IS ONE EXAMPLE OF A BROKEN MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM THAT HAS BECOME A REVOLVING DOOR. PEOPLE TAKEN OFF THE STREETS AND SENT BACK WITHOUT GETTING ANY OF THE HELP THAT THEY NEED. MR. SLIWA, WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD DO SPECIFICALLY TO FIX THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM? YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE. >> I\u2019M GOING TO INVESTIGATE THE ORGANIZATION CALLED THRIVE THAT HAS USED $1.25 BILLION IN FIVE YEARS, PUT TOGETHER BY BILL de BLASIO, GIVEN OVER TO HIS WIFE WHO HAD NO CREDIBILITY IN THIS FIELD, AND NOT ONE -- WE HAVEN\u2019T BEEN SHOWN ANY PROOF OF THEM COMING TO THE AID OF THESE LOST SOULS, THESE EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED PERSONS. ERIC ADAMS HAS NEVER CRITICIZED THRIVE. THRIVE IS OUT OF BUSINESS DAY ONE WHEN I\u2019M IN CITY HALL AND WE ARE GOING TO FOCUS OUR HELP AND ATTENTION TO THE EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED PERSONS, GET THEM INTO MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES, GET THEM THE MEDICINE THAT THEY NEED. IT IS A PRIORITY AND IT IS NOT BEING ADDRESSED. TODAY I WAS WITH A GUY NAMED CHRIS ON THE TRAIN, AS I\u2019M ON THE TRAIN EVERY DAY. HE WAS FROM JAMAICA PLAINS. YOU CAN GO TO CURTIS SLIWA FOR MAYOR.com, LOOK AT THE FACEBOOK PAGE. YOU WILL SEE HOW CHRIS WAS HAVING A PSYCHOTIC DISORDER, A DANGER TO HIMSELF AND EVERYONE ELSE, BLEEDING. I CAME TO HIS AID, COMFORTED HIM, BROUGHT HIM TO THE POLICE, AND THE POLICE WERE TOLD, HEY, CITY HALL HAS TOLD US NOT TO GET INVOLVED. >> MR. SLIWA, TIME. >> NO, WE WILL HAVE POLICE AND MENTAL HEALTH DIRECTORS AND EXPERTS. >> THANK YOU, MR. SLIWA. >> THANK YOU. >> TO BE CLEAR, UNDER STATE LAW PEOPLE CANNOT BE INVOLUNTARILY PLACED IN MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES UNLESS THEY\u2019RE CONSIDERED AN IMMINENT THREAT TO THEMSELVES OR TO OTHERS, AND MOST OF THE MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE ON OUR STREETS DO NOT MEET THAT BAR. SO, MR. ADAMS, DO YOU THINK THAT THAT STANDARD NEEDS TO BE CHANGED? YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE. >> LISTEN, I PATROLLED THE SUBWAY SYSTEM AS A TRANSIT POLICE OFFICER, AND I SAW TRANSIT COPS BEING USED AS STREET SWEEPERS AND NOT AS THOSE WHO PROVIDE SERVICES. WHAT I AM GOING TO DO IN MY PLAN IS TO ENSURE THAT, NUMBER ONE, WE PARTNER WITH ORGANIZATIONS LIKE FOUNTAIN HOUSE. THEY HAVE AN 85% STABILITY RATE, WHERE THEY\u2019RE ABLE TO GIVE PEOPLE THE WRAP-AROUND SERVICES THEY NEED. WE NEED TO HAVE REAL HOUSING FOR THEM, NOT SHELTERS, WHERE THEY CAN GET THE SUPPORT THAT THEY NEED AND ALLOW TO LIVE THEIR LIFE IN DIGNITY. THE LAW IS THE LAW RIGHT NOW, AND THE LAW SHOULD STAY WHAT IT IS, BUT THERE ARE WAYS TO BUILD TRUST AND TAKE PEOPLE OFF THE STREET. THEY\u2019RE NOT GOING TO STAY IN SHELTERS BECAUSE IT IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS FOR THEM, BUT THERE\u2019S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY THAT WITH FOUNTAIN HOUSE AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS, WE GIVE THEM THE SUPPORT AND FINANCES THEY NEED, WE CAN DEAL WITH THIS MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE ON OUR STREETS. >> MR. ADAMS. >> WE CAN\u2019T LET THE STATE OFF THE HOOK. GOVERNOR HOCHUL TAKING OVER FOR CUOMO, WHEN HE CAME INTO OFFICE 30,000 PSYCHIATRIC BEDS. >> ARE YOU SAYING, MR. SLIWA -- >> MR. SLIWA. >> ARE YOU SAYING THE STANDARD SHOULD BE CHANGED, YES OR NO? >> EXCUSE ME? >> ARE YOU SAYING THE STANDARD SHOULD BE CHANGED UNDER THE STATE LAW? >> ABSOLUTELY GET PSYCHIATRIST AND A 90-DAY EVALUATION PERIOD. >> MR. ADAMS, AS YOU INDICATED MENTAL ILLNESS AND HOMELESSNESS ARE OFTEN INTERTWINED AND YOU WANT TO CONVERT 20,000 UNUSED HOTEL ROOMS TO SUPPORTABLE AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING, BUT YOU SAY THOSE UNITS SHOULD NOT BE CREATED IN MANHATTAN. MY QUESTION IS WHY NOT MANHATTAN GIVEN THAT\u2019S WHERE YOU FIND THE MOST AVAILABLE HOTEL ROOMS? YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS. >> AND I WANT TO BE CLEAR THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT NOT MAKING THEM SHELTERS, AND I KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE TO LIVE ON THE VERGE OF HOMELESSNESS. I TALK ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME, YOU KNOW, GROWING UP IN SOUTH JAMAICA QUEENS, TAKING A GARBAGE BAG FULL OF CLOTHING TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY BECAUSE MOM THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO BE THROWN OUT, BUT WE CAN DO A BETTER JOB OF NOT CONTINUING THIS INDECENCY. WHAT I\u2019M FOCUSING ON, THOSE SINGLE ADULTS THAT ARE HAVING REAL APARTMENTS, NOT HOMELESS SHELTERS, BUT REAL APARTMENTS WHERE THEY ARE RECEIVING THE SUPPORT THEY NEED. >> OKAY. MR. ADAMS. >> FOR OTHER ISSUES. >> TIME IS UP. WITH REGARD TO THE PART OF MY QUESTION ABOUT WHICH BOROUGH THESE FACILITIES SHOULD BE BUILT IN, ARE THERE ENOUGH AVAILABLE HOTEL ROOMS IN THE OTHER BOROUGHS TO MEET YOUR GOAL? >> WELL, THE EXPERTS ARE STATING EVEN WHEN TOURISM RETURNS IT IS GOING TO RETURN AND THE HOTELS IN MANHATTAN ARE GOING TO FILL UP. THE HOTELS IN THE OUTER BOROUGH, MANY OF THEM ARE BUILT TO BE HOMELESS SHELTERS. WE MUST GET OUT OF THE SHELTER BUSINESS. >> OKAY. >> IT DESTROYS COMMUNITIES AND NEIGHBORHOODS AND THAT\u2019S WHY I SAY THOSE 25,000 IN THE OUTER BOROUGHS. >> THANK YOU, MR. ADAMS. MR. SLIWA. >> AND THE ONE PRIORITY IS, YOU, ERIC ADAMS, SAID YOU WANT TO KEEP ON STEVEN BANKS, THE WORST DIRECTOR OF HOMELESS SERVICES. WE NOW SEE THE CORRUPTION INVOLVED -- >> MR. SLIWA, I ACTUALLY HAVE -- >> AND BEWARE OF HOTEL OWNERS IF THEY CONTRIBUTED TO HIM OR BILL de BLASIO. \"FOLLOW THE MONEY\". >> YOU SAID YOU ARE AGAINST MR. ADAMS\u2019 PLAN TO CONVERT HOTELS INTO HOUSING. WHAT IS YOUR PLAN, YOUR ALTERNATIVE? YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS. >> WE HAVE ZONING AREAS FOR MANUFACTURE. THERE IS VERY LITTLE, IF ANY, MANUFACTURING ANY LONGER. WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE ZONING LAWS SO YOU CAN HAVE AFFORDABLE HOUSING THERE, AND IN THE MANY EMPTY COMMERCIAL SPACES. AS I HAD MENTIONED, YOU LOOK AT HUDSON YARDS, YOU HAVE GOT TO CONVERT SOME OF THOSE BUILDINGS STILL BEING BUILT THAT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO HOUSE ANYONE. THERE\u2019S TOO MUCH SUPPLY, NOT ENOUGH DEMAND. REPURPOSE IT FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND HOUSING THAT HAS SERVICES FOR MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS, ALCOHOL ADDICTIONS AND DRUG ADDICTIONS. >> OKAY. >> I NEVER INDICATED WHO I AM BRINGING ON. I AM STILL RUNNING FOR OFFICE TORE THE MAYOR OF THIS CITY. WE MUST UNDERSTAND, NEW YORKERS, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CURTIS SLIWA\u2019S LIES AND FACTS FROM I\u2019M SHARING FACTS, PLANS AND VISIONS TO YOU, NOT WHAT HE IS ATTEMPTING TO SHARE WITH YOU. >> THANK YOU. >> BANKS DID AN EXCELLENT JOB, YOU SAID HE DID AN EXCELLENT JOB. >> MR. SLIWA, WE HAVE TO GO ON. CANDLES, I REMIND YOU, LAST RESORT WE WOULD CUT MIKES. WE ARE TRYING TO ADHERE AND COVER GROUND ON BEHALF OF NEW YORKERS. ALLAN. >> THANK YOU. NEW YORKERS ARE FINDING NEW WAYS TO GET AROUND THE CITY ON E-BIKES AND SCOOTERS. BUT WHILE MANY ARE EMBRACING THE PUSH FOR NEW TRANSIT, OTHERS WORRY ABOUT NEW DANGERS FOR PEDESTRIANS AND RIDERS ALIKE. MR. ADAMS, HOW DO YOU BALANCE NEW TRANSIT WITH SAFETY CONCERNS? YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE. >> IT IS CRUCIAL THAT WE USE ALTERNATIVE METHODS TO MOVE AROUND THE CITY AND IT IS QUITE POSSIBLE, EVERYONE KNOWS I ENJOY RIDING MY BIKE. EVERYONE KNOWS THAT I BELIEVE WE NEED TO CONTROL OUR CITY, TO STOP THE TRAFFIC CRASHES THAT ARE REALLY IMPACTING THE LIVES OF PEOPLE. FAMILIES FOR SAFE STREET I STOOD WITH SO MANY TIMES AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS. WHAT WE MUST DO IS LOOK AFTER SOME OF THE ILLEGAL ATVs THAT HAVE BASICALLY -- THEY HAVE TAKEN OVER OUR CITY. WE MUST LOOK AT THOSE WHO ARE USING SCOOTERS AND OTHER METHODS. THEY MUST FOLLOW THE RULES AND THE LAWS. THAT IS CRUCIAL TO ENSURE WE MOVE THROUGH THE CITY IN A SAFE WAY, PARTICULARLY IN OUR CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT. >> MR. SLIWA, SAME QUESTION TO YOU. HOW DO YOU BALANCE THE NEW WORLD WITH SAFETY CONCERNS? >> WE HAVE TO ONCE AGAIN REENERGIZE OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT, MAKE THEM PROACTIVE IN THIS AREA. THEY HAVE TO DO TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT ALONG WITH THE TRAFFIC CONTROL AGENTS WHO ARE UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE NYPD. THEY NEED TO STOP THESE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE COMING ON TO THE SIDEWALKS, WHO ARE SPEEDING THROUGH BIKE LANES. I CAN\u2019T TELL YOU HOW MANY PEOPLE I RUN ACROSS, ESPECIALLY ELDERLY PEOPLE, WHO HAVE BEEN HIT, WHO HAVE BEEN KNOCKED DOWN, WHO HAVE BEEN TRAUMATIZE IT, WHO ARE FRIGHTENED TO GO OUTSIDE NOW BECAUSE IT IS BASICALLY ONE BIG RODEO OUT THERE BECAUSE WE DON\u2019T ALLOW OUR POLICE, de BLASIO WILL NOT ALLOW OUR POLICE TO GET PROACTIVELY INVOLVED. I\u2019M GOING TO INSIST, YOU GO OUT THERE, YOU SEIZE THESE ILLEGAL VEHICLES, YOU FINE THESE INDIVIDUALS. IF YOU FIND OUT THEY HAVE RECORDS, YOU MAKE SURE THEY\u2019RE ARRESTED AND PROSECUTED BECAUSE THEY HAVE TAKEN CONTROL OF THE SIDEWALKS AND STREETS AND THEY ARE A MENACE TO SOCIETY. THE POLICE AND THE TRAFFIC CONTROL AGENTS CAN REIN THEM IN, BE IF THEY\u2019RE ALLOWED TO. I WILL LET THEM DO THEIR JOBS. >> THANK YOU, CANDIDATES. ANOTHER QUESTION WRELTED TO THE COMMUTE WITH REGARD TO CONGESTION PLIESING. THE STATE IS MOVING FORWARD WITH A PLAN TO EFFECTIVELY CHARGE A TOLL TO VEHICLES TRAVELING SOUTH OF 60th STREET IN MANHATTAN. SUPPORTERS SAY IT WILL REDUCE EMISSIONS WHILE RAISING MONEY, BUT CRITICS SAY IT IS UNFAIR FOR THOSE IN THE OUTER BOROUGHS AND IT WILL KEEP PEOPLE FROM COMING BACK. YES OR NO, DO YOU SUPPORT CONGESTION PRICING AND WHY? WE WILL GIVE YOU 30 ON THIS. >> YES, I DO. WE NEED TO INVEST IN THE FIRST CLASS TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM THAT IS THE LIFE BLOOD OF THE CITY. WE SHOULD HAVE WAIVERS FOR THOSE WHO MUST BE INTO MANHATTAN SUCH AS FOR CHEMOTHERAPY OR BASIC ITEMS. WE SHOULD INCENTIVIZE TRUCKERS TO DELIVER THEIR SUPPLIES 8:00 P.M. TO 6:00 A.M. THIS WAY WE TAKE THE TRUCK TRAFFIC OFF THE ROAD. I BELIEVE WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE CON JEGSZGESTION IN OUR CITY IT IS COSTING BUSINESSES A LARGE AMOUNT OF MONEY BECAUSE WE\u2019RE FAILING TO DO SO. >> MR. SLIWA. >> THIS WOULD CRUSH THE MIDDLE CLASS RESIDENTS COMING IN FROM STATEN ISLAND, BROOKLYN, QUEENS AND THE BRONX. HOW ABOUT WE DO SOMETHING NOVEL AND STOP TRUSTING THESE POLITICIANS, LIKE ERIC ADAMS AND de BLASIO WHO ARE TAG TEAM ON THIS, LIKE OTHERS BEFORE THEM, AND PUT IT UP FOR AN INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM? BECAUSE I TRUST PEOPLE. I DON\u2019T TRUST POLITICIANS. LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE. NOW, IF IT IS IMPOSED, IF IT IS THE PEOPLE\u2019S WILL -- AND I THINK YOU HAVE TO GIVE A REDUCED CONGESTION PRICING SYSTEM FOR BOROUGH RESIDENTS AS OPPOSED TO THOSE COMING IN FROM JERSEY OR CONNECTICUT OR WESTCHESTER. >> ALL RIGHT. >> OR PARTS DISTANT FROM THAT. >> OKAY. GENTLEMEN, LET ME ASK YOU ABOUT STREET VENDOR ENFORCEMENT. ACROSS THE CITY WE\u2019VE SEEN A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF UNLICENSED STREET VENDORS DUE TO THE PANDEMIC HARDSHIP. BRICK AND MORTAR STORES COMPLAIN IT HURTS THEIR BUSINESSES. ADVOCATES SAY THE CITY\u2019S RESPONSE HAS BEEN HEAVY HANDED WITH POLICE OR OTHER CITY AGENCIES. MR. ADAMS, HOW CAN YOU GET A HANDLE AND DO IT FAIRLY? I WILL GIVE YOU 30 SECONDS. >> LISTEN, I WAS A STREET VENDOR AS A KID WHEN I SOLD LEMONADE OUT IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE TO HELP MOTHER PURCHASE GROCERIES FOR MY FIVE SIBLINGS. LET\u2019S BE CLEAR. THERE\u2019S A BALANCE HERE. WE COULD, NUMBER ONE, INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PERMITS THAT WE ARE GIVING TO THE STREET VENDORS. WE SHOULD ALSO FIND CERTAIN LOCATIONS WHERE THEY CAN VEND AND THEY\u2019RE ABLE TO SELL THEIR GOODS AND WARES. WE SHOULD NEVER ALLOW WHAT HAPPENED IN THE BRONX SEVERAL WEEKS AGO WHERE WE THREW OUT HEALTHY PRODUCE AND OTHER FOODS LIKE THAT. >> MR. ADAMS, THANK YOU. THANK YOU. MR. SLIWA, SAME QUESTION. HOW WOULD YOU TACKLE THIS ISSUE? 30 SECONDS. >> WHEN THEY DEFUNDED THE POLICE BY A BILLION DOLLARS, de BLASIO AND CITY COUNCIL, THEY REMOVED THE PEDDLERS UNIT THAT WOULD GO AROUND AND SEIZE, ESPECIALLY ALL OF THE KNOCK-OFF PRODUCTS, GUCCI, PRADO. YOU GO ALONG CANAL STREET, IT IS JUST ONE ILLEGAL SALE OF ILLEGAL ITEMS HURTING THE BRICK AND MORTAR STORES, THE SMALL BUSINESSES, YET YOU DON\u2019T SEE THEM ON 5th AVENUE. HAVE YOU SEEN ILLEGAL PEDDLERS ON 5th AVENUE? HOW IS IT THE RICH AND ELITE ARE PROTECTED THERE? SOME OF THE BENEFACTORS AND SUPPORTERS -- I SAY NO, NO, NO, YOU HAVE TO REIN THEM IN. >> MELISSA. >> I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT A STRESSFUL SITUATION FOR NEW YORK\u2019S ELDERLY POPULATION, HOUSING. IT IS A CRISIS FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF SENIORS IN THE CITY. STUDIES SHOW MANY ARE PAYING TWO-THIRDS OF MONTHLY INCOME ON RENT AND THEY CAN FOR 15% OF EVICTIONS IN THE CITY. WHAT WILL YOU DO TO SOLVE THIS AND MAKE THEIR HOUSING MORE EYE FORWARDABLE? MR. SLIWA, WE WILL START WITH YOU. 30 SECONDS, PLEASE. >> 400,000 RESIDENTS IN NYCHA FACILITIES, AN INCREDIBLE NUMBER OF THEM ARE SENIOR CITIZENS. I HAVE BEEN INTO SO MANY OF THE 300 DIFFERENT HOUSING PROJECTS IN WHICH THEY\u2019RE HOUSED. WE HAVE TO GIVE THEM TENANT MANAGEMENT. WE HAVE TO GIVE THEM THE ABILITY TO PROTECT THEIR ELDERLY AND KEEP THEM IN THOSE APARTMENTS. THERE ARE CLOSE TO 3,000 EMPTY UNITS THAT COULD BE UTILIZED BY SENIOR CITIZENS WHO ARE BEING THREATENED WITH EVICTION IN PRIVATE APARTMENTS OR IN OTHER AREAS THAT THEY LIVE NOW. NYCHA SHOULD BE A SANCTUARY FOR THE SENIOR CITIZENS. >> THANK YOU. >> LET THEM MANAGE THEIR AFFAIRS. >> MR. ADAMS, WHAT WILL YOU DO FOR SENIORS? >> A DIFFERENT LOCATION. FIRST TO START WITH NYCHA. AS I STATED I KNOW WHAT IT IS TO LIVE ON THE VERGE OF HOMELESSNESS, BEEN THERE. LET\u2019S LOOK AT NYCHA. LET\u2019S DO INFILL BUILDING, ALLOW THE SENIORS THERE TO DOWNSIZE AND LIVE IN THE NEW UNITS, AND THEN RENOVATE THE OLDER UNITS AND ALLOW PEOPLE TO MOVE INTO THE OLDER UNITS THAT ARE RENOVATED. THEN LET\u2019S BE CLEAR, WE NEED TO BUILD UNITS THAT ARE GOING TO BE SPECIFICALLY ALLOCATED TO OUR SENIORS AND MOVE INTO A NEW TYPE OF PROGRAMMING WHERE WE COULD HAVE PERMANENT RESIDENCY FOR THEM. >> THANK YOU. MR. ADAMS, MR. SLIWA, WE HAVE HEARD PLENTY FROM YOU TONIGHT ABOUT WHAT IS WRONG WITH NEW YORK CITY RIGHT NOW, BUT PART OF A MAYOR\u2019S JOB IS BEING A CHEERLEADER, ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO VISIT, TO STAY HERE OR TO MOVE BACK. WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE HOW GOOD YOU ARE AT BEING NEW YORK\u2019S PITCHMAN. MR. ADAMS, YOU\u2019RE UP FIRST. SINCE YOU PLEDGED TO FLY TO FLORIDA IF YOU WIN AND CONVINCE PEOPLE WHO MOVED THERE DURING THE PANDEMIC TO COME BACK, WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR YOUR PITCH. WHY IS NEW YORK GREAT RIGHT NOW AND WHY SHOULD PEOPLE BE HERE? YOU CAN LOOK RIGHT INTO THE CAMERA. YOU WILL HAVE ONE MINUTE. >> ANYONE WHO HAS FLED THE CITY, YOUR CONCERN WHEN I HEARD OVER AND OVER AGAIN IS PUBLIC SAFETY. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A SAFE CITY, BUT YOU ALSO HAVE A SECRET WEAPON NO ONE REALLY APPRECIATES, OUR DIVERSITY. WE HAVE SOME OF THE SMARTEST PEOPLE, SOME OF THE MOST DIVERSE IDEAS, SOME OF THE BEST INFRASTRUCTURE WHERE YOU CAN MOVE AROUND THE CITY, SOME OF THE BEST COLLEGES THAT ARE PRODUCING GREAT MINDS FOR THE FUTURE. WE ARE GOING TO BE AN EXCITING PLACE. OUR BROADWAY, OUR HOTELS, OUR MUSEUMS, THERE\u2019S SO MUCH TO DO TO LIVE HERE. YOU WILL BE BORED IN FLORIDA. YOU WILL NEVER BE BORED IN NEW YORK. >> OKAY. THANK YOU, MR. ADAMS. MR. SLIWA, SAME QUESTION TO YOU. WE WANT TO HEAR YOU BE POSITIVE, SO LOOK INTO THE CAMERA. WHY IS THE CITY GREAT TODAY AND WHY SHOULD PEOPLE COME BACK IF THEY LEFT? YOU WILL HAVE ONE MINUTE. >> LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT, JANUARY 2nd ERIC ADAMS IS GOING TO FLORIDA LIKE HE JUST WON THE SUPER BOWL. WAIT A SECOND. YOU SAID YOU ARE GOING TO PUERTO RICO AND DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ON JAN 2nd WHERE ALL OF THE LOBBYISTS ARE. COME ON, YOU CAN\u2019T BE IN THREE PLACES AT ONE TIME. HOW ABOUT STAYING HERE IN NEW YORK CITY AND HELPING PEOPLE TO IMPROVE AND NOT TO MOVE? KEEP THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ALREADY HERE, NOT GOING ON JUNKETS. >> MR. SLIWA, IT IS A PITCH TO NEW YORKERS, NOT TO HIM. >> INCREASE THE DEPARTMENT\u2019S BUDGET 2% BECAUSE WE HAVE THE MOST MARVELOUS PARKS IN THE OUTER BOROUGHS AND ACTUALLY CENTRAL PARK OF ANY CITY I HAVE EVER BEEN IN THE WORLD. I DIDN\u2019T GO ON JUNKETS, ERIC, LIKE YOU ARE PLANNING TO DO IF YOU GET ELECTED MAYOR OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK. >> ALL RIGHT. MR. ADAMS, YOU WANT TO BRIEFLY RESPOND TO THAT OR NO? I WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE TIME. >> NO, I\u2019M SPEAKING TO NEW YORKERS, NOT BUFFOONERY. >> WE HAVE A FEW QUICK QUESTIONS HERE. WE ARE ALMOST OUT OF TIME, BUT WE HAVE A FEW QUICK QUESTIONS TO SHED LIGHT ON OTHER ISSUES. I WANT TO ASK ABOUT CARRIAGE HORSES. AS MAYOR, WILL YOU BAN CARRIAGE HORSES IN THE CITY? MR. SLIWA? >> ABSOLUTELY AND I WOULD REPURPOSE THEM SO THE DRIVERS HAVE WORK WITH ELECTRIC CARRIAGES. >> OKAY. >> WE HAVE TO STOP THIS BARBARICNESS TOWARDS HORSES. >> MR. ADAMS? >> I WILL WORK WITH THE UNION AND DRIVERS TO FIND A BETTER WAY TO MOVE AROUND THE CENTRAL PARK AREA. >> OKAY. HIRING BENCHMARKS. THE MAYOR MUST HIRE A HUGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE FOR THE CITY. WILL YOU HAVE RACE AND GENDER REQUIREMENTS FOR THOSE? >> I WILL NOT BALANCE THE BUDGET ON THE BACKS OF PEOPLE. NO FURLOUGHS. >> ALL RIGHT. NO BENCHMARKS? I\u2019M TRYING TO GET A LOT IN. MR. SLIWA? >> NO, NO QUOTAS. BEST PERSON FOR THE JOB, BEST QUALIFIED. LIKE WITH POLICE COMMISSIONER, HOW ABOUT INTERVIEWING LATINOS AND LATINAS, YOU LEFT THEM OUT, ERIC. YOU HAVEN\u2019T MENTIONED THIS. >> THANK YOU, MR. SLIWA. >> YOU DON\u2019T KNOW WHO I INTERVIEW. SO, AGAIN, STOP THE LIES AND STICK TO THE FACTS. >> ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU, CANDIDATES. THAT WILL DO IT FOR US. WE WANT TO THANK YOU BOTH FOR A SPIRITED DEBATE. WE WANT TO THANK THE NEW YORK CITY CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD. WE WANT YOU TO MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE, VOTING.NYC, BECAUSE IT HAS IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE CANDIDATES IN THE RACES. FROM WNBC, TELEMUNDO 47, \"POLITICO\", THE NEW YORK URBAN LEAGUE AND THE CITIZENS BUDGET COMMISSION, WE THANK YOU FOR WATCHING. 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If elected D.A., Bragg would be the latest in a wave of progressive, reform-minded prosecutors across the country, joining a group that includes Kim Foxx in Chicago and Larry Krasner in Philadelphia.

Bragg wants to eliminate cash bail entirely, saying there’s no data to support claims that people released from jail are behind surges in shootings and other violent crime. Bragg says the current system punishes the poor — exacerbating what’s seen as a two-tiered system of justice.

As a top deputy to New York’s attorney general, he oversaw a lawsuit that shut down Trump’s charitable foundation. Prior to that, Bragg led a unit investigating killings by police.

“Bragg has been very clear that he’s embracing the progressive playbook and he is going to do a lot of things that probably wouldn’t have been done by a more traditional DA’s office,” says Vance’s former chief assistant district attorney Daniel R. Alonso.

“The question is, how far will Bragg go? And, will he be able to implement the reforms that he’s promised to implement while still ensuring all of us that we are maintaining public safety as well as possible?” says Alonso, a Manhattan resident who’s now a partner at Buckley LLP.

Bragg, a Harvard Law graduate, said he saw how the legal system could also show compassion while clerking for the late U.S. District Judge Robert P. Patterson Jr. No one seemed to notice when a shivering man walked into court, Bragg said, but Patterson did and dispatched Bragg to fetch him a jacket.

“I think what made Bragg so successful was that he was asking voters to think about not just who we lock up but also the communities we’re leaving behind in doing so and the circumstances from which people are coming,” says Christina Greer, a political science professor at Fordham University.

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