Maya Wiley, a former MSNBC analyst who has been rising in the polls, planned to spend Sunday morning at two Black churches in Harlem and Brooklyn.
She is trying to become New York City’s first Black female mayor and working to assemble a coalition of Black voters and progressives.
Ms. Wiley speaks often about her biography as the daughter of a civil rights activist and how she attended a segregated public school as a child. She is Christian and her partner, Harlan Mandel, is Jewish. They have two daughters and belong to Kolot Chayeinu, a reform congregation in Park Slope.
As she competes for Black voters with Eric Adams, the front-runner in the race, Ms. Wiley has repeatedly criticized Mr. Adams’s support of stop and frisk policing, and she is betting that Black voters want to be safe both from police crime and police violence.
Ms. Wiley announced an endorsement on Saturday from Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, a group that helped lead major protests in New York last summer after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Hawk Newsome, a co-founder of the group, said he was endorsing Ms. Wiley because she had made divesting from the police a consistent message in her campaign. “When we invested in a candidate, we thought long and hard,” Mr. Newsome said.
Ms. Wiley wants to cut $1 billion a year from the police department’s $6 annual budget and to reduce the number of officers. Mr. Adams is sending a very different message: he wants more officers on the subway and to bring back the plainclothes anti-crime unit that was disbanded under Mayor Bill de Blasio.
It will be interesting to see which message Black voters embrace, and whether they want the next mayor to be a moderate like Mr. Adams or a left-leaning candidate like Ms. Wiley.
The two Republicans running for mayor of New York City spent the weekend visiting the boroughs outside of Manhattan as they continued to focus on public safety — and attacking each other.
Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels, led a parade float decorated in a patriotic red, white and blue through Queens on Saturday.
Mr. Sliwa is hoping that his name recognition as a tabloid fixture in the city for decades will help him beat Fernando Mateo, an entrepreneur who is courting Latino voters.
Whoever wins could face an uphill battle in the general election in November in a city where Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than six to one.
Mr. Sliwa has highlighted his recent endorsements by Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor, and Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, who won a competitive race last year in a district that covers Staten Island and a portion of South Brooklyn. Mr. Sliwa also criticized Mr. Mateo’s ties to Mayor Bill de Blasio in a new ad.
Mr. Mateo’s campaign received a boost last week when he qualified for more than $2 million in public matching funds. Mr. Mateo visited Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx on Saturday and released an ad focused on public safety.
“Crime is not a problem — it’s a pandemic,” Mr. Mateo said in the ad.
The two Republicans were once friends and have been engaged in a bitter and at times outlandish campaign that could be close. In a recent poll by Pix 11 and Emerson College, Mr. Sliwa had 33 percent support and Mr. Mateo had 27 percent, while 40 percent of Republicans were undecided.
During their one major debate, the two sparred heatedly over riding the subway (Mr. Sliwa asserted that Mr. Mateo does not) and Mr. Sliwa’s living arrangements in a small studio apartment in Manhattan with 15 rescue cats (Mr. Mateo suggested this was odd).
The candidates have also disagreed over President Donald J. Trump. Mr. Mateo had said that Mr. Trump won the 2020 election; Mr. Sliwa said Mr. Trump lost. Mr. Mateo voted for Mr. Trump in 2016 and 2020; Mr. Sliwa did not.
Mr. Mateo has also criticized Mr. Sliwa for becoming a Republican only last year.
“My opponent is a never-Trumper,” Mr. Mateo says in his new ad. “He is not a Republican.”
Three days before the June 22 Democratic primary that will almost certainly decide New York City’s next mayor, the race appears tumultuous, unpredictable and increasingly ugly.
Public polling and interviews with elected officials, voters and strategists across the city suggest that headed into Tuesday’s election, Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, is the front-runner — if narrowly — fueled by his focus on public safety and his skill in connecting with working- and middle-class communities of color.
But Kathryn Garcia, a former sanitation commissioner, and Maya D. Wiley, a former counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio, both appear to have made late gains in the race . And Andrew Yang, a former presidential candidate, remains a serious contender, though his standing in limited public polling has slipped.
The race remains extraordinarily fluid, in part because it is difficult to assess what a post-pandemic June primary electorate will look like. The city is accustomed to holding its primaries in September and has been distracted for months by the challenges of overcoming Covid-19.
The race also appears uncertain because it will be decided by ranked-choice voting, in which New Yorkers can select up to five candidates in order of preference.
Other candidates who participated in debates — Raymond J. McGuire, a former Citigroup executive; Shaun Donovan, a former federal housing secretary; Scott M. Stringer, the city comptroller; and Dianne Morales, a former nonprofit executive — could also post stronger-than-expected showings through the ranking process.
On Saturday, Mr. Yang and Ms. Garcia presented a display of unity, stopping just short of cross-endorsing each other, as they campaigned together in Queens and Manhattan. Their events prompted sharp criticism from Mr. Adams.
If there has been one constant in the turbulent final weeks of the race, it has been the importance of crime and policing to voters.
“Public safety has clearly emerged as a significant issue,” said Representative Hakeem Jeffries, New York’s highest-ranking House member, when asked to name the defining issue of the mayor’s race. “How to balance that aspiration with fair, respectful policing, I think has been critical throughout the balance of this campaign.”
The Democratic primary election for mayor of New York City is days away, and the race just keeps getting more interesting.
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The race received a jolt of energy on Saturday when two leading candidates — Andrew Yang, a former nonprofit executive, and Kathryn Garcia, a former sanitation commissioner — formed an alliance and spent the day campaigning together. It was not a cross-endorsement, but they held a rally together in Queens and handed out campaign fliers with their photos and names side by side.
Eric Adams, the front-runner who is leading in most polls, said their joint appearance was aimed at preventing a person of color from being elected, before clarifying that he meant specifically a Black or Latino candidate. Mr. Yang, who is Asian-American, responded that he is also a person of color.
Maya Wiley, a former counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio, continued to strengthen her progressive alliance with endorsements on Saturday from Alessandra Biaggi, a state senator, and Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, a group that led major protests last summer.
The candidates are holding a dizzying series of events on Sunday as they try to convince New Yorkers why they should lead New York out of the pandemic. Mr. Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, stuck to his theme of public safety on Saturday and held an event in the Bronx, where a man was shot as two children scrambled to get out of the way last week.
“It tore me apart to watch those children scramble on the floor as the gunshots were still going off,” Mr. Adams said.
The candidates planned to spend the day crisscrossing the city again on the last day of early voting. About 155,600 people have voted early so far.
Many more New Yorkers are expected to vote on Tuesday, and the campaigns will be watching voter turnout closely. In the last competitive mayoral primary, in 2013, about 700,000 Democrats voted in the primary.