By COLlive reporter
Does he stand a chance?
Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels anti-crime group, announced his candidacy for Mayor of New York City in a race that has already been crowded.
But he is running as a Republican. If it wins, he will be the first Republican to hold that position in 16 years.
Sliwa, who quit his radio talk show to run for office, stated that he will work to restore order in the city crackdown on rising crime.
During his announcement, he expressed his steadfast support for the New York Police Departement whom he says turned “impotent” following the Defund the Police movement that slashed its funds and public support.
Wearing his signature red beret, Sliwa slammed the current leadership of the city and state. He said Mayor Bill de Blasio was the “worst mayor” of his life and called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign.
His law-and-order appeal arrives after a year in which shootings in the city surged and New Yorkers flooded streets to protest police brutality, the New York Daily News reported.
Sliwa has been a familiar face in the Crown Heights neighborhood and a welcome figure in the local Jewish community for years.
During the Crown Heights Riots in 1991 when blacks attacked Jewish residents, Sliwa and his volunteers patrolled the streets. They were recently back following a string of anti-Jewish attacks.
“We have to refund the police — not defund, even in tough fiscal times,” Sliwa told the Daily News on Monday. “I know what over-the-top police tactics can do. But I also know we have to have police. It’s a balance.”