New York’s most well-known vigilante-turned-mayoral candidate stated he will ride the subways for 24-hours straight to convey down baddies making the town’s mass transit system unsafe.
Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, a Republican operating for City Hall, needs to indicate he’s the candidate to deal with surging subway crime together with his Tuesday ride on the the No. 4 practice — which he dubbed “The Slasher’s Express.”
Sliwa challenged Democratic mayoral hopefuls to hitch him — and is bringing hockey masks for them in case they concern being slashed.
“Hey Democrats! Wanna be mayor? Gotta ride the subway,” Sliwa said in a video on his Twitter, holding up the masks. “Come ride with me! I’ll protect you.”
Sliwa, 67, will be taking off at 10:30 a.m. from Union Square, the place the first in a string of sadistic subway slashings came about early Friday, allegedly as a part of a gang initiation.
Asked if he expects to come across any bother on the rails, Sliwas stated there was “No doubt” — however he additionally appeared extra fearful about discovering a usable lavatory throughout the 24-hour ride.
“I think the most important thing is, everybody can claim they know what’s going to solve this subway problem, but when it comes to subway cred, nobody knows more about the subterranean hell that is the subway than Curtis Sliwa,” he instructed The Post on Monday.
The No. 4 is the road Sliwa began his vigilante crime-fighting group on again in 1979, when, he stated, the practice was known as “The Muggings Express.”
“We’re talking about 32 years and now its become ‘The Slasher Express,’ ” Sliwa stated. “We’re going back to the 70s and that’s why I say going into the subways is the great equalizer for everyone — because no one is safe.”
During his daylong ride, Sliwa plans to inform straphangers about his five-step plan to convey security again to the rails, together with including 4,500 uniformed and 500 undercover NYPD officers to the system.
This comes as Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday stated the town would briefly add 250 more police patrols to the NYPD subway drive of three,000 cops — after months of pressure from MTA leaders involved about crime.
The subways noticed 2.32 felony crimes per million riders in March 2021, the most recent stats available — versus simply 1.47 per million riders throughout the yr 2019.
Sliwa stated he goals to indicate the Democratic mayoral hopefuls, notably progressives, that its vital so as to add extra cops to the transit system, which he jokingly in comparison with “Dante’s Inferno.”
“It’s incumbent for the far left crowd to join me because they don’t want anymore police,” he stated.
“I can explain to them where the problems are. I can be somewhat helpful,” Sliwa added, noting that he’s been using the trains alone since he was a toddler in Canarsie.
He additionally famous the significance of subways returning to 24-hour service on Monday, after a yr of being closed in a single day for cleansing throughout the coronavirus disaster.
In response to Sliwa’s provide, a spokesman for entrepreneur Andrew Yang, one of many mayoral frontrunners, stated that “We’ve been doing subway every day. That’s how Andrew gets around.”
A spokeswoman for civil rights lawyer Maya Wiley additionally declined to hitch Sliwa.
“Maya has been riding the trains throughout this pandemic and knows how vital 24/7 service is to working people,” stated Julia Savel. “But she won’t be riding with someone who admitted to faking crimes for publicity.”
Reps for the opposite Democratic mayoral candidates didn’t instantly return requests for remark.