NYC mayoral candidate Eric Adams, a 22-year veteran of the NYPD, has berated opponent Maya Riley for hiring private security in her neighborhood, while encouraging calls to punish police.
Wiley and her husband pay $550 a month for a private security car to patrol the Brooklyn neighborhood they live in, where they live in a $2.75 million house.
However, she is calling for more cuts to the NYPD as the rest of the city faces a growing crime problem.
On Tuesday, her opponent Adams called her a hypocrite.
He said Maya’s attitude was an insult to Justin Wallace, the murdered 10-year-old boy who was killed by stray bullets in Queens over the weekend, and said at a news conference, “What should I tell Justin’s mom?” That protection is only for wealthy New Yorkers?’
“When I read that article today, to learn that a candidate in the race has private security while telling other families who fear gun violence, you don’t need security anymore. That’s just not fair. That’s not fair.
“To me, that’s the highest level of hypocrisy. Security…should be for every New Yorker and this is what I’ve said time and time again on this path.
“I just think this is the wrong message if you have private security and at the same time tell New Yorkers, ‘You don’t need more security.’
“That’s just not right.
New York City mayor, hopeful Eric Adams, called Maya Wiley a hypocrite on Tuesday when he spoke at a campaign rally. Wiley wants to write off the NYPD. She can afford to spend $550 a month on private security in her Brooklyn neighborhood
NYC Mayor Maya Wiley Leaving Her $2.75 Million Home in Brooklyn
“New Yorkers deserve public safety, and it’s called NYPD, which gives both justice and security.”
Wiley – who is AOC’s pick for the next mayor – blamed her husband for the fee, saying he paid it without her knowledge and that it was “ridiculous” but that he had also been the victim of a robbery in 2001 .
“I think it’s ridiculous and we shouldn’t have it.
“It’s not effective, nor does it create the sense of community that I support. And I don’t think it reflects the real reality of our community in terms of whether it is even necessary.
“The complicating factor is that Harlan was robbed after 9/11.
“To this day, when it’s dark, he walks in the middle of the street, he doesn’t walk on the… [poorly lit] sidewalk.
“And he said, one night he came home from work and he saw the car at the end of the block and he just felt better.
There have been 564 shootings so far this year, up from 318 at this time last year, an increase of 77.4 percent. In the last week of May, there were 33 shootings in New York City. The number of shooting victims has also risen 76.9 percent from 360 around this time last year to 637 this year.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (left) supported civil rights attorney Maya Wiley (right) for New York mayor this weekend
“And so he started paying again, and then I found it very difficult to say, ‘Don’t,'” she told The New York Daily News last December.
The couple lives in a $2.75 million, 4,000-square-foot home in Brooklyn. Her husband Harlan Mandel, 58, is CEO of a multimillion-dollar investment fund.
She wants to relieve the police, but she and her neighbors pay for the private security of their wealthy area.
Adams spent 22 years with the NYPD. He doesn’t want to lose the money anymore and instead says he knows how to best use the money they have.
One of his promises is to civilize the paperwork side of the job, which can bring hours of overtime, and let the police focus on outreach work instead.
He says he will also restore the former anti-crime unit and turn it into an anti-weapon unit instead.
Adams also promises to send officers in low-crime areas to the city’s worst-hit areas to try to stem the escalating crime rate. He also wants to appoint the first female NYPD commissioner.
Last summer, after a week of riots and protests, De Blasio cut the NYPD budget by $1 billion. Wiley wants to cut it more