Democratic candidates for mayor were talking policy on Thursday, as William Thompson unveiled plans to revamp the New York City Housing Authority, while Anthony Weiner talked health care. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
William Thompson already says he will fire the chairman, and now, NY1 has learned he has other plans for the city's housing authority.
"We have to work with the residents of the housing authority and to come up with adequate planning, to look across the city of New York, to be able to do housing, middle and moderate-income housing, on the grounds of some of the housing authority developments," Thompson said.
In remarks scheduled for Friday, Thompson will say that as mayor, he would end an approximately $100 million payment from the housing authority to the New York City Police Department for police protection.
He won't oppose developing unused space on housing authority property, a controversial proposal pushed by the current chairman, but instead of luxury housing, Thompson says it should be middle and low-income housing.
In his prepared remarks, there is no clear plan to deal with the housing authority's long-term stability.
"When you don't siphon off over $100 million a year, that starts to make NYCHA a lot more solvent," Thompson said.
His proposal follows his endorsement by the Teamsters Local 237, a group representing housing authority workers.
While Thompson was talking public housing, Anthony Weiner was focusing on health care.
In a speech on Thursday, Weiner proposed a single-payer health care system.
"Visualize this, as being like Medicare for all New Yorkers," he said.
He also said public employees should contribute 10 percent to their health care costs. If they smoke, it should be 25 percent.
While the former congressman was talking about health care, he was also taking some heat for not reprimanding a prospective voter on the campaign trail who made a homophobic slur.
"I admonished the woman at the time, and my value that I want to reiterate is that there should be no slurs like this of any kind," he said.