“We’re honored today to have the greatest mayor in my lifetime, in your lifetime, to come out to Staten Island,” Sliwa said of Giuliani’s appearance. “Rudy saved this city.”
Giuliani commended Sliwa and blasted current democratic leadership — including Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo — for the “terrible amount of crime going on now.”
Curtis Sliwa is the leading Republican candidate for New York City Mayor.
“We don’t have to have this crime if we had sensible bail laws … if we actually held people in prison,” said Giuliani.
While overall crime in New York City is down 2.7% year-to-date compared to 2020, according to NYPD data, shootings have soared 68% during that same span.
Sliwa, who has also received the endorsement of the local Republican party, has visited Staten Island throughout the primary season and has credited the borough for giving him an opportunity to be in the race for mayor.
Giuliani, who received a strong boost from Staten Island in his 1993 election to become mayor, spoke of his admiration for the borough and his time spent grieving with families in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.
“I love Staten Island,” he said.
Giuliani and Sliwa’s connection on Staten Island spans back decades. In 2001 for example, Sliwa joined Giuliani to announce the launch of an “Urban Angels” program in Stapleton aimed at keeping kids out of trouble.