Crime emerged as the main problem as New York’s Republican gubernatorial candidates squared off in their first televised debate on Monday – and all vowed to fire Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for his progressive law enforcement policies.
“There’s chaos in New York City,” said Rob Astorino, a former district manager in a Westchester suburb.
“You’re trying to go into town to have a good time with your family and everyone is looking over your shoulder.”
Astorino said visitors would be “lucky” if only they “got hit over the head with a bag of poop!” – conjuring up a disgusting incident on the subway, before citing two other far more violent attacks underground.
“I mean, today is a good day for going into town — and you might get hit with a hammer or pushed onto the train tracks.”
Andrew Giuliani – who appeared at the CBS New York event via video feed after refusing to provide evidence he had been vaccinated against COVID-19 – said he wanted the politics of his father, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani , to revive crime in the city and nationwide.
Giuliani said “we need to use programs,” including “broken windows” and “stop, ask and search,” which he says went “from 2,000 homicides a year in the early ’90s to fewer than 600 homicides a year just five short years later.” reduced”. ”
“Are you saying we should go back to the programs that your father instituted,” asked co-host Marcia Kramer.
“Yes, I am, Marcia,” he replied.
Harry Wilson, a wealthy Westchester corporate turnaround specialist, said the crime problem – and the state’s controversial bail reform law – spoke to him personally when he revealed a 77-year-old relative was fatally stabbed last week.
“My cousin’s father was murdered in his backyard,” he said, choking.
“It was from a monster who is out in the state on cashless bail who committed two attacks in the past few weeks and set a fire in his backyard to get him out and then stabbed him Thursday night.”
Lead candidate Lee Zeldin, a four-year congressman from Long Island, said, “The hardest part of serving in an elected office is going to a funeral, going to a wake when someone dies too young in life, especially these NYPD funerals that we’ve experienced lately.”
“And you hear family members speaking up, calling elected officials and urging action,” he said.
“I am calling Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg personally and by name,” he said, referring to the eulogy delivered earlier this year by slain police officer Jason Rivera’s widow.
“You could tell how personal it is for these families.”
Zeldin and the three other GOP hopefuls all said they would fire the embattled prosecutor if he was elected.
Monday’s debate at the CBS Broadcast Center on West 57th Street marked the first face-off between the four Republican candidates hoping to win November’s general election against either heavily favored Governor Kathy Hochul, US Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Long Iceland) or City Attorney Jumaane Williams.
Hochul skipped the first Democratic debate on NY1 but attended the week before last on CBS New York and was attacked by her rivals over her husband’s job at the concessionaire at Buffalo Bills Highmark Stadium in Upstate Orchard Park.
The soccer and concert venue is set to be replaced with a new stadium funded in part by $850 million in taxpayer money, including $600 million Hochul added to the state’s $220 billion budget in April .
Most polls have put Zeldin, 42, by a wide margin, although he fell five percentage points behind Giuliani, 36, last month.
The latest poll, released Monday by Emerson College, put Zeldin in first place with 34%, compared to 16% for Astorino, 15% for Wilson and 13% for Giuliani, and a 22% tie.
But multimillionaire Wilson, 50, had the most campaign money on his hands late last month — more than $4.2 million — according to filings with the state board of elections.
Zeldin had $3.1 million, followed by Astorino, 55, with $1.1 million, and Giuliani, who had less than $313,000.
Veteran Marist College pollster Lee Miringoff said Monday’s debate was “very important” for candidates because the Republican primary was “a tough handicap race and right now it’s like a free-for-all.” looks.
“But the Republicans are realizing they are the smaller party in New York, and this could be a Republican year nationally,” he added.
New York’s youngest Republican governor, George Pataki, also told The Post he was “really optimistic about Republicans’ chances this fall,” especially given the overwhelming ouster of progressive San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin last week for a new election.
“The main issue is crime. New Yorkers don’t feel safe, and with good reason,” said Pataki, who served three terms from 1995 to 2006.
The state’s gubernatorial primary is scheduled for June 28, with early voting beginning Saturday in New York City.
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