Sliwa, who is unlikely to win the mayoral race due to the high number of Democrats in New York, criticized Adams’s rubbing shoulders with city elites and trendy teen TikTokers, stating that the Brooklyn Borough President was more focused on “keeping up with the Kardashians.” and “raising the roof” of what was in trouble facing the city.
Addressing New Yorkers on Tuesday, Curtis Sliwa, the Republican mayoral candidate for New York City, criticized Democrat Eric Adams, his main rival in the race, for some of Adams’s. economic recovery plans, including a proposal to tax the city’s wealthy to help subsidize transit costs.
“Eric Adams, time and time again, said he would advocate for the free rate,” Sliwa said Tuesday afternoon during a virtual press conference.
“Naturally, the knee-jerk reaction is, ‘Okay, Eric, how would that be paid for?'” Sliwa added. And he said, ‘Well, we would tax the rich, the rich, the wealthy, the Fortune 500 companies, Wall Street. This is how we could subsidize the MTA system. ‘
Sliwa’s comments come a day after Adams expressed a wish to make New York a more business friendly city, with leadership that will attract emerging industries and further collaborate with private companies to advance public interests.
A press release sent by the Guardian Angels founder on Tuesday called his rival’s plans “deceptive” and linked to a video clip asking Adams what he would do if he had control of the MTA. “I’d do it for free,” Adams responds in the undated clip, posted on YouTube by Sliwa’s team. “Those who could afford to pay more in taxes would pay more in taxes.”
In plans released over the course of his mayoral campaign, Adams has endorsed what he calls “A modest increase” to income taxes levied on New Yorkers who earn more than $ 5 million a year. This would generate between $ 1 and 2 billion each year, his campaign said, money earmarked directly for the city’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
A possible increase in taxes on high earners would need Albany’s authorization to be enacted, the Adams campaign said, and would not be permanent; under the candidate’s current plan, any increase in taxes would disappear after two years.
Still, Sliwa pounced on the proposal, one of the few ideas his campaign dismissed as “hypocritical” on Tuesday.
Sliwa has called on private universities and colleges, such as Columbia University and NYU, to lose their property tax privileges, demanding that they pay their “fair share” of taxes. Entertainment venues like Madison Square Garden would lose these privileges as well, under Sliwa’s current plan. A spokesperson for Sliwa’s campaign says the money raised from these property taxes would be used to hire 3,000 additional police officers.
Sliwa has also proposed a two percent cap on the city’s annual property tax collection.
“This plan eliminates unfair tax benefits and ensures New York City’s low- and middle-income communities are no longer forced to subsidize the city’s wealthiest residents and neighborhoods,” their campaign website said. “As the most audacious tax proposal of any mayoral candidate in recent history, this plan will finally deliver the equality and tax justice that has eluded New York City since the 1980s.”
Taxes were one of the topics covered in Sliwa’s press conference Tuesday, which included comments about Adams’s alleged history of speeding (and other traffic violations) in his city-issued vehicle. as reported by StreetsBlog NYC.
Sliwa, who is unlikely to win the mayoral race due to the high number of Democrats in New York, also criticized the recent rubbing shoulders with the city’s elites and Trendy Teen TikTokers, stating that the Brooklyn Borough President was more focused on “keeping up with the Kardashians” and “raising the roof” than on the problems facing the city.
“I can’t imagine what a mayoral candidate will do in a private club two nights in a row at 1:30 in the morning,” Sliwa said. “I suggest you do what I’ve been doing, which is go to Rikers Island and deal with the current crisis. He’s not on the Zero Bond dance floor or any other nightclub. “
Adams and Sliwa will meet in two debates next month, before the November general election.