“We can do this without resorting to the old Giuliani-style playbook on over-policing,” Stringer said.
Citing the rain, Maya Wiley had to ditch two outdoor events on Saturday at the Bronx Night Market and the Bryant Park Urbanspace Market.
She started her Sunday morning at two Black Baptist churches in Brooklyn, touting her commitment to public housing in New York City, but then had to scratch another outdoor event planned for Socrates Sculpture Park in the Progressive West District. from Queens.
Instead, she ended up at the Katch bar in Astoria, along with State Senator Michael Gianaris, who earned his Progressive Merit Badge by helping torpedo Amazon’s plans to build a second headquarters on Long Island. City.
At the bar, Ms. Wiley enjoyed a house cocktail with tequila renamed “Mayarita” for the occasion. Amid the din of more than two dozen flat screen televisions showing a New York Knicks playoff game, Mrs. Wiley and Mr. Gianaris greeted patrons and supporters from behind the bar and served them the red concoction in glasses cocktail on foot.
It was a more difficult setting than the church to contemplate the city’s woes, but Mrs. Wiley tried.
“We had a crisis before Covid – affordability, systemic racism,” she said, “and what Covid did was accelerate and worsen some of the crises we were already facing. “
She said the city was recovering from the disease, but even when it is curbed, “we will still have people at risk of eviction. We will still have people who are hungry. We will always have a homeless crisis. We will always have a security crisis – safe from crime and safe from police violence. “
Roseann McSorley, who owns and runs Katch with her husband, said the restaurant has welcomed other women looking for positions, including Cynthia Nixon and State Senator Jessica Ramos. Ms McSorley didn’t quite approve of Ms Wiley, but said she supported the effort to place a woman in Gracie Manson, adding: “It’s about time.”