New York Metropolis mayoral candidate Fernando Mateo mentioned he believes Republicans have “not a combating probability, a profitable probability” within the mayor’s race this yr given what he sees as ineptitudes from Mayor Invoice de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. 

Mateo, a local of the Dominican Republic, has lengthy served as head of the state Federation of Taxi Drivers, and extra lately took a management position with the Bodegas Affiliation of America 

“There’s a turning level happening proper now, however we need to have the proper Republican working for workplace,” the taxi and bodega advocate informed Fox Information in an interview Saturday.

Within the 2017 race for mayor, de Blasio gained a second time period with 66.17 % of the vote. Republican Malliotakis, now serving within the Home, earned solely 27.59 %. 

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“The man has been clueless since he took workplace,” Mateo mentioned of the town’s Democrat mayor. “He has had no management, he has been bullied and pummeled by Cuomo. Cuomo has been the governor and he’s additionally been the mayor.” The 2 New York Democrats have a long-running feud that boiled over throughout the coronavirus pandemic.  

In the meantime, Mateo mentioned that Cuomo’s profession in politics is “performed” after the revelations of his mishandling of nursing properties. 

He mentioned he jumped into the race as a result of the Democratic candidates are “mainly a continuation of de Blasio.” 

“We don’t need that, our metropolis is in shambles– crime is by means of the roof, our financial system is underground proper now, we need to get small companies back,” he mentioned, noting that 80,000 had closed because of the pandemic. 

“First thing we need to do is get public safety back. Nobody needs to be in a metropolis that isn’t secure,” he continued. 

Mateo mentioned he would add “hundreds” of NYPD officers to the streets and work to restructure the town’s bail reform regulation. 

Beneath New York Metropolis’s bail legal guidelines enacted final yr, a slew of ‘non-violent’ offenses are usually not bail-eligible, permitting those that allegedly commit crimes similar to burglaries, home abuse circumstances and even second-degree manslaughter, to stroll free till their trial dates.

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“It isn’t serving to those that commit minor crime and deserve bail reform. This was not put collectively the proper manner, we opened up the jails and let each gun-toting prison out on the road,” mentioned Mateo. 

Mateo mentioned he believes Cuomo’s profession in politics is “over.” He mentioned that Cuomo has been “out of contact,” all through the pandemic, recalling when the governor implored wealthy New Yorkers to return to the town. “I’ll purchase you a drink!” he informed them in August. “Initially there’s nowhere to purchase them a drink as a result of he shut all the pieces down in order that’s very hypocritical of him,” Mateo mentioned.  

Mateo mentioned that Cuomo “deserves all the pieces that’s occurring to him,” with the firestorm he’s dealing with for the nursing dwelling scandal after shutting down companies that had damaged his stringent protocol for eating places. “‘Why would you do that? Individuals are struggling, don’t kick them whereas they’re down.”

“I consider his profession in politics is performed, it is over. When you’ll be able to’t admit that you simply made a mistake that price hundreds of individuals their lives, this can comply with him and hang-out him for the remainder of his profession, the remainder of his life.” 

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Mateo will face off within the Republican major in June in opposition to crime stopper group Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa and financier Sara Tirschwell. Sliwa and Tirschwell 

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