NYC mayoral candidates tackle surging crime, quality of life issues in debate

NYC mayoral candidates tackle surging crime, quality of life issues in debate


The top five Democratic candidates for mayor tackled some of the biggest problems plaguing New Yorkers during a debate on Thursday night — zeroing in on surging crime and other quality of life issues.

Asked how they would curb the recent uptick in violence, such as shootings and hate crimes, both Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and city Comptroller Scott Stringer said they would focus on reaching the Big Apple’s youth.

“We must have an intervention and prevention,” Adams said on the WCBS-TV stage.

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“Prevention is the long-term things we must do. Something as simple as dyslexia screening. Thirty percent of our prison population … they’re dyslexic. So we want to stop crime, we have to have early childhood intervention.” 

Stringer, meanwhile, said that, “We have to invest in our kids.”

“When we invest in kids we keep them away from the criminal justice system.”

Former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia called for an increased investment in mental health

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