The New York Young Republican Club is proud to endorse Curtis Sliwa for Mayor of New York City for the 2021 New York City mayoral election. Sliwa is a native New Yorker and a Catholic of Polish and Italian descent who was born and raised in Canarsie, Brooklyn. He is the founder of the Guardian Angels, a radio talk show host, and a longstanding political commentator.
Sliwa founded the Guardian Angels in 1979 to protect New Yorkers from the crime that was ruining lives. Ever since then, he has unfailingly been tough on crime and served as an effective advocate for safe streets, safe schools, and safe subways. He intends to re-fund the NYPD to keep New Yorkers safe and to restore our city, and he will work to reverse ill-conceived, leftist “bail reform” so that criminals are unable to return to communities and continually re-offend while awaiting trial.
Sliwa puts action behind his words, and he has done so with an increasingly high profile during the COVID pandemic. During the summer 2020 riots that destroyed small businesses and communities when Bill De Blasio handicapped the NYPD, Sliwa and the Guardian Angels defended New Yorkers by battling looters and rioters while sustaining injuries themselves. Sliwa also launched a campaign to protect Asian communities from targeted attacks.
Given his decades-long reputation, some might believe that Sliwa’s focus is solely on crime. This is not the case. Sliwa has a full slate of positions that aim to improve New York City’s economy from the bottom up. He calls for property tax overhaul to correct disparities that leave multi-billion-dollar universities free-riding off small businesses and individual property owners. Under Sliwa, universities like Columbia University and New York University that have decimated their neighborhoods and abused their non-profit status will pay their fair share of taxes.
On education, Sliwa intends to retain the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) and Gifted Talented programs, which help New York City schools provide merit-based, differentiated education to intelligent students that set them up for success in the future. He also plans to create more vocational training for students and to increase the number of charter schools, supporting a broad swathe of students by giving them tangible skills and access to teachers unbeholden to unions.
Sliwa, a voice of fiscal reason, intends to use taxpayer dollars efficiently, and he argues against other mayoral candidates’ platforms of overspending on mandates that are fiscally irresponsible.
Sliwa has strong ideas for New York, and he also has classic, New Yorker chutzpah. A noted fan of electronic dance music (EDM), Sliwa embodies the work hard, play hard attitude. He is an advocate for nightlife and has roundly condemned Democrats’ forced closure of New York’s clubs, bars, and concerts.
The New York Young Republican Club emphatically and enthusiastically endorses Curtis Sliwa in the 2021 New York City mayoral election and looks forward to working with him to re-fund the police, fight crime, eliminate disparities in property taxes, improve education, and prevent overspending on city mandates.