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Letters to the Editor — May 14, 2021
Last night’s mayoral debate was, if nothing else, a good forum for some of the candidates who many voters haven’t had much chance to get to know.
That meant it was particularly good for Kathryn Garcia and Ray McGuire who were able to get across the who, what, where and how of where exactly they stand.
Maya Wiley, wasn’t at her finest. As a TV veteran, she should have known better and instead broke all the rules by acting as though the rules didn’t apply to her. She ran over her time, wouldn’t stop talking when the moderator asked her to, and interrupted other speakers and overall showed a breathtaking lack of respect for the process.
Scott Stringer? He was classic Scott Stringer, the guy who always seems to need a carton of Red Bull and who, aside from a couple of good lines, was as unemotional as your tax attorney. That’s great for the city’s fiscal watchdog, but I just don’t think this comes across well when the public is looking for a strong presence.
And there was Andrew Yang once again trying the election trick that knocked him out of the presidential race: The offer of a thousand bucks to everyone who believes that Andrew Yang will give them a thousand bucks.
Again. Been there, done that.
He was particularly weak in answering to the fact that he’s never even voted for a mayoral candidate or a citywide referendum.
Eric Adams owned, as expected, the public safety issue. His lack of energy however was somewhat surprising for the candidate who knows the streets, the racial situation and the problems with the police so well.
The couple of exchanges he with Wiley and Dianne Morales were too polite, too softball, when he should have given as good as he got.
And speaking of Morales, she definitely has some important ideas on racial inequality and homelessness, but I’m not convinced that she came close to explaining how we’re supposed to pay for it with a city heading to an estimated $3 billion budget deficit in 2022-23.
Shaun Donovan, who seemed to start every sentence with “When I was in the Obama administration…” or “When I was City Housing Commissioner,” was unnecessarily repetitive. OK, we got the idea, but repetition doesn’t make for an interesting or even informative debate tactic.
Bottom line? As in most first debates, nothing much will have changed. No moments that blew anyone away. Probably the undecided needles won’t move too much.
Next time? Fire the media trainers and be yourselves, because what we saw sure won’t be what we get.
Sid Davidoff is Founding Partner of Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP, a New York-based law and public affairs firm, and former aide to New York Mayor John Lindsay.
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