NEW YORK — While former mayor Rudy Giuliani supports long-shot Republican nominee Curtis Sliwa in the general election for mayor, he admitted Thursday night that if Democrat Eric Adams wins the city would still see “sufficient change.”

Speaking on “Inside City Hall” with NY1 political anchor Errol Louis ahead of the 20th anniversary of the the 9/11 terror attacks, Guiliani maintained that while he wants Sliwa to win to take power away from Democrats — who he argues have deteriorated the city — he didn’t despair about the possibility of an Adams victory.

“I’m hopeful that if Eric Adams wins — who ran on a very different platform than some of the others — we’ll get sufficient change,” Giuliani said, adding, “I’m sure it will be a lot better than de Blasio.”

Giuliani, who endorsed Sliwa in the Republican primary for mayor, has for years lambasted de Blasio for what he views as a soft approach to crime, particularly since the spike in violent crime during the COVID-19 pandemic. Adams, on the other hand, has run a campaign centered on public safety.

Meanwhile, Giuliani, who was mayor of New York during the 9/11 terror attacks, said he would commemorate the 20th anniversary this Saturday by attending the ceremony, visiting local firehouses, spending a few hours working, and then going to an annual dinner with those who also went through the harrowing day.

“It’s something we really depend on now, to get together. I think we spend more time on the good part,” Giuliani said about the annual dinners. “The heroism and all the wonderful things that people working for the city did.”


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