Mr Adams, who said he had been the victim of police brutality and spent much of his police career advocating for changes within the system, also described his plan to bring back a redesigned plainclothes unit to target the gangs, “targeting those who use guns. His proposal has baffled some New Yorkers who wish to see police power reduced.
And Mr. Sliwa has indicated, in his typical, forceful language, that he wants to give the police as much power as possible.
Education issues – and how best to make public schools more inclusive and equitable – don’t necessarily break down along sharp ideological lines. Mr. Adams and Mr. Sliwa expressed concern over Mr. de Blasio’s decision to end the Gifted and Talented Student Program for elementary school children. Rather, they said they wanted to broaden the agenda, positions they reconsidered Tuesday night.
A moment of lightness on animals and food.
For a brief moment, the candidates did not fight each other. They communicated about animals. Specifically, Mr. Sliwa praised Mr. Adams’ decision to forgo eating animals, while Mr. Adams praised Mr. Sliwa’s work in saving them.
The moment of good nature did not pass without some encouragement.
Towards the end of the debate, Mr Ritter asked the candidates to say something “nice” about their opponent.
“I take my hat off to Curtis, which he does with cats,” Mr. Adams said, perhaps referring to Mr. Sliwa’s plea for shelters without killing, or perhaps more than one. dozen cats who share a 320 square-foot studio with Mr. Sliwa and his wife. “I think we have to be human to all living things. “
Mr. Sliwa was even more enthusiastic in his praise for Mr. Adams’ decision to go vegan.
“His promotion of a vegan lifestyle to avoid serious medical problems has probably already helped dozens, maybe hundreds, maybe thousands of people,” Sliwa said. “As someone who has been hospitalized many times, I hope to be vegan someday.”
At present, Mr Sliwa added, he is “in the vegetarian stage”.