NYC Mayoral candidate Eric Adams, a 22-year veteran of the NYPD, has slammed opponent Maya Riley for hiring private security in her neighborhood while encouraging calls to defund the police.
Wiley and her husband pay $550 a month for a private security car to patrol the neighborhood of Brooklyn they live in, where they live in a $2.75million home.
She is however calling for more cuts to the NYPD, while the rest of the city faces a spiraling crime problem.
On Tuesday, her opponent Adams called her a hypocrite.
He said Maya’s stance was an insult to Justin Wallace, the murdered 10-year-old boy who was killed by stray bullets in Queens over the weekend, saying at a press conference: ‘What do I tell Justin’s mom? That protection is only for affluent New Yorkers?’
‘When I read that article today, to learn that a candidate in the race has private security while they’re saying to other families that are frightened over gun violence, that you don’t need any more security. That’s just not fair. That’s not fair.
‘To me, that’s the highest level of hypocrisy. Security … must be for every New Yorker and this is what I’ve been saying on this trail over and over and over again.
‘I just think this is the wrong message when you have private security and at the same time, you’re telling New Yorkers, “You don’t need more security.”
‘That’s just not right.
NYC mayoral hopeful Eric Adams called Maya Wiley a hypocrite on Tuesday as he spoke at a campaign rally. Wiley wants to defund the NYPD. She can afford to spend $550 a month for private security in her Brooklyn neighborhood
NYC mayoral candidate Maya Wiley leaving her $2.75million home in Brooklyn
‘New Yorkers deserve public security, and it’s called NYPD, that gives both justice and safety.’
Wiley – who is AOC’s pick for the next mayor – blamed the fee on her husband, saying he’d been paying it without her knowledge and that it was ‘ridiculous’ but that he had also been the victim of a mugging in 2001.
‘I think it’s ridiculous and we shouldn’t have it.
‘It’s neither effective nor does it create the sense of community that I support. And I don’t think it reflects the actual reality of our community in terms of whether it’s even needed.
‘The complicating factor is that Harlan was mugged after September 11th.
‘To this day, if it’s dark out he walks down the middle of the street, he doesn’t walk on the [poorly lit] sidewalk.
‘And he said, one night he was coming home from work and he saw the car at the end of the block and it just made him feel better.
So far this year, there have been 564 shootings, up from 318 this time last year which is a jump of 77.4 percent. In the final week of May, there were 33 shootings across New York City. The number of shooting victims has also risen by 76.9 percent from 360 by this time last year to 637 this year.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (left) threw her support behind civil rights lawyer Maya Wiley (right) for New York mayor over the weekend
‘And so he started paying again and then I had a very hard time saying, “don’t do it”,’ she told The New York Daily News last December.
The couple live in a $2.75million, 4,000-sq-ft house in Brooklyn. Her husband Harlan Mandel, 58, is CEO of a multimillion investment fund.
She wants to defund the police but she and her neighbors pay for private security for their wealthy area.
Adams worked in the NYPD for 22 years. He doesn’t want to strip it of anymore funding and instead says he knows how best to utilize the money they have.
One of his promises is to civilianize the paperwork side of the job that can chalk up hours of overtime pay, and have cops instead focus on street work.
He says that he will also reinstate what was formerly the anti-crime unit, and instead make it an anti-gun unit.
Adams is also promising to send cops in low areas of crime to the city’s worst affected areas to try to turn the escalating crime rise around. He also wants to appoint the first female NYPD Commissioner.
Last summer, after a week of rioting and protests, de Blasio cut the NYPD budget by $1billion. Wiley wants to cut it more