New York mayoral favorites clash on the eve of primaries

This content was published on June 11, 2021 – 01:06

New York, Jun 10 (EFE) .- The five Democratic candidates with the most options to prevail in their party’s primary elections for mayor of New York handed out accusations this Thursday in the last televised debate before the polling stations open next day 12 to begin early voting.

With early voting just around the corner and the appointment with the polls for the primaries on the 22nd, the latest polls put current Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams in the lead after weeks in which the businessman Andrew Yang seemed like the undisputed candidate for New Yorkers.

Behind it is Maya Wiley, activist and former collaborator of current Mayor Bill de Blasio; the former director of the Department of Sanitation Kathryn García and the current controller of the city, Scott Stringe, whose positions have danced in the last consultations.

Faced with previous debates, where the criticisms focused, above all, on Yang and Adams, in this five-party meeting the reproaches, which did not rise excessively from everything, were also directed against other candidates, a sign that the electoral race is still remains open.

Yang did not hesitate to call Adams a hypocrite and once again emphasized that he has been investigated for alleged corruption on several occasions, while Wiley questioned the honesty of the Brooklyn president and García his transparency.

The journalists leading the debate asked about reports released this week that the Brooklyn president lived in the neighboring state of New Jersey and that he owns several properties for which he has not declared rent, all of which are denied by Adams.

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But in addition, Stringer accused Wiley of covering corruption in the City Council while working for De Blasio, to which Wiley responded by calling Stringer corrupt for using the resources of his office to publish a report criticizing Garcia’s management when he headed the Department of Sanitation.

Once again, although several issues were discussed such as traffic in Manhattan, electric bicycles, the change of street names with names of slavers (in the only thing that all agreed) or the development of the legislation on the consumption of marijuana, the increase violence and the presence of illegal weapons on the streets of the Big Apple, were once again the hottest topics.

In this field, the candidates Yang and Adams, both more conservative, once again showed their favorable position to the reinforcement of the police force, against the more progressive Stringer and especially Wiley, who defends withdrawing funds from the Police and dedicating them to more projects. aimed at communities with the objective also of reducing violence.

The debate coincides with the publication of the latest electoral poll, conducted by Emerson University, according to which 23% of Democratic voters prefer Adams, a former policeman who presents himself as the man the city needs to end the violence .

Behind has been Maya Wiley with a support of 17%, the result of the recent political support of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes, one of the most visible faces of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

Wiley’s momentum has relegated Yang to third place, who in this poll is trusted by 15% of the Democratic electorate, ahead of Garcia (12%) and Stringer (9%).

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Garcia, who had gained momentum in previous weeks thanks to the backing of the influential newspaper The New York Times, appears to have lost support.

However, the fight is still open since there are still 12 percent undecided and because of the new multi-election system, whereby the voter must choose their favorite candidates in order of priority, which may favor a candidate who is chosen many times as number two.

The poll also reveals that the issue of security remains by far the one that concerns voters the most.

31% are concerned about crime, 12% about police reform and housing, 11% about work, 8% about the health system and only 7% about covid-19 and 6% for education.

Once the candidates of the Republican and Democratic parties for mayor are known after the elections on June 22, we will have to wait until the elections of November 2 to know the name of the new mayor of the city, although given tradition Democrat of the electorate, it is almost certain that the Democratic candidate will be the new mayor. EFE

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