Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president who is leading in the polls to become the city’s next mayor, opened up a new campaign office on Nostrand Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens on Friday, just over four weeks before election day.
Speaking on a block where several local businesses have shuttered, Adams said that as mayor, the city would spend money like a “blue-collar person.”
“You are not getting your money’s worth. And when I become mayor, we are going to spend your dollars like a blue-collar person spends money,” Adams said. “We’ll make sure you have food on the table today, and we’ll invest in your future for tomorrow.”
After visitors double-parked on Nostrand, with one Mercedes driver blocking a bus as he parallel parked into a row of double-parked vehicles, Adams urged followers to refrain from the practice.
“The only article they’re gonna write is that Eric Adams has double-parked cars,” Adams said, referring to the media. “My car is parked legally, and I want to be on record that if your cars are double-parked, please move your car.”
Meanwhile, entrepreneur Andrew Yang got heckled by a Maya Wiley supporter Thursday while giving a press conference at the Parkside Ave Q train station, near the southeastern entrance to Prospect Park.
The heckler was particularly critical of Yang’s voting record — that is, his nonexistent record of voting in off-year elections for mayor or other city elections.
“He does not vote, I don’t want him to represent any of us,” he said.
At the same event, Yang was stumped by key questions of city policy, such as the state’s repeal of 50-a of state civil rights law, which had allowed the NYPD to shield officers’ disciplinary records from public view.
Adding the the heat of the campaign, Kathryn Garcia spoke under the Gowanus Expressway in Sunset Park Friday, where she pledged to implement a proposal by Transportation Alternatives to reclaim 25 percent of the city’s streets currently used by private cars by 2025, Streetsblog reports.
The plan includes 250 miles of new protected bike lanes, a large-scale expansion of bike parking, and investment in “multihog” vehicles to plow bike lanes when it snows.
“Where de Blasio planned and pondered, I will execute,” said Garcia, de Blasio’s former Sanitation Commissioner. “I will make our streets safer, the air cleaner, and save lives.”