When Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his plan to eliminate the city's gifted and talented program this week, he expressed confidence the next mayor would support it.

Democrat Eric Adams made clear on Friday that confidence may be misplaced.

“No, I wouldn't,” Adams said when asked on CNN if he would get rid of the gifted program. “I would expand the opportunities for accelerated learners and those children who are having barriers because they learn differently. We don't talk about them enough."

What You Need To Know

  • Eric Adams said he’ll buck Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to eliminate the gifted and talented program

  • Adams said he’d also support a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students

  • Like Adams, Republican Curtis Sliwa wants to expand the gifted and talented program

  • Sliwa said he’d make graffiti a top priority and fine property owners who don't remove it

On this issue, Adams' views actually align with his opponent, Republican Curtis Sliwa, who also wants to expand the gifted program, which relies on a standardized test given to four-year-olds.

Sliwa held a news conference Friday promising to make graffiti a top priority of his administration. He said he'd fine property owners and businesses who fail to clean it up, and would take matters into his own hands.

"I, as mayor, [will] go out there with brush in hand, power-sprays, all the equipment that you scrape the graffiti with, and with a crew that's dedicated to me, every day hitting at least one location,” Sliwa said.

Adams, who was at a Bronx clinic touting his community health care plan Friday, claimed credit for having already raised the graffiti issue. He said police precincts could partner with youth groups to remove it.

"Let's get young people involved in it,” he said, “because if I clean graffiti by getting a stipend, I'm less likely to draw graffiti somewhere."

Adams is also diverging from de Blasio on another potentially hot-button issue: He said once the FDA approves the COVID-19 vaccine for children under 12, he'd support requiring that kids be vaccinated in order to attend school. De Blasio opposes a mandate, saying he doesn't want to exclude kids because of a choice their parents make.