Mayoral candidates Adams and Sliwa trade barbs as early voting set to start



Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and conservative activist Curtis Sliwa traded barbs Friday as the race to become the Big Apple’s next mayor entered the home stretch.

Early voting begins Saturday in the citywide election where many races are formalities.

The escalating attacks came just two days after the pair faced off in the first televised debate for the general election to replace termed-out Mayor Bill de Blasio in City Hall — a contest in which Adams as a Democrat enjoys sizeable leads in fundraising and voter registration.

“Curtis is not significant in this race,” the Democratic mayoral nominee told supporters and reporters after a rally on Brooklyn’s Cadman Plaza, not far from his Borough Hall office.

“He’s a clown and New York City is not his circus,” Adams added, as he appeared alongside Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and the Democratic Party’s nominee for city comptroller, Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn).

“These are serious times and if I were to acknowledge that buffoonery, I’m doing a disservice to the real issues in our city.”

Adams’ remarks came as Sliwa continued to charge that the longtime Brooklyn politician was being disrespectful, most notably by refusing to shake his hand before Wednesday’s forum got underway.

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“It’s clear that I’ve gotten under Eric Adams’ skin,” Curtis Sliwa said.
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Adams countered that he arrived in the studio first and Sliwa never approached him.

The Republican nominee took his campaign to Adlai Stevenson High School in The Bronx, where he decried recent violence in city schools — before a planned appearance outside of a Broadway theater this evening.

“It’s clear that I’ve gotten under Eric Adams’ skin,” he said, before attacking the borough president for attending fundraisers held by many of the city’s rich and famous — many of whom typically back Republicans, a list that includes former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Meanwhile, Adams late Friday announced he planned to attend an event that evening being put on by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.

Early voting runs from Saturday through Oct. 31. Find your voting location on the Board of Elections website at Election Day is Tues., Nov. 2.


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