He’s been known for decades as a colorful New Yorker, often putting himself in the spotlight. But Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa told NY1 his campaign to succeed Bill de Blasio is a serious one, and he said his first focus would be on reducing crime.

The Staten Island and Brooklyn Republican Parties have endorsed Sliwa’s campaign.

He said his bid was an effort to “resurrect us from the eight years of Bill de Blasio.”

“I think Democrats and Republicans can almost unanimously agree: Bill de Blasio has destroyed this city that we so love,” Sliwa said.

For years, Sliwa has been a critic of de Blasio, deeming his policies too far to the left. Now, after the spike in crime in 2020, he has entered the race for mayor with a central focus on public safety, something Republicans have hammered de Blasio for, even before the increase in violent crime.

The main issues on the minds of all the citizens, regardless if they’re Republicans, Democrats, or independents, are crime, public safety, and the quality of life, Sliwa said.

But while Sliwa is best known for founding the Guardian Angels — who became famous for patrolling the subway system and streets when crime rates were higher — he says his campaign will touch on various issues.

He calls for a property tax overhaul to correct disparities in the city.

He supports keeping the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) and Gifted and Talented programs.

He wants more vocational training for students, including at charter schools. Sliwa contends that schools are not focusing enough resources on training students for skilled labor, such as carpentry and electrical repair.

He wants more vocational training for students, including at charter schools. Sliwa contends that schools are not focusing enough resources on training students for skilled labor, such as carpentry and electrical repair.

“Show me how we can do more with less money,” Sliwa said. “Because we’re not going to have the money to do everything that a lot of the other candidates are talking about.”

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