Mayor Adams expressed disappointment on Tuesday that a political group closely associated with him had donated $ 10,000 to Republican governor candidate Lee Zeldin on the eve of his electoral match with Governor Hochul.
“I am disappointed, but I have nothing to say about the PAC and how the money is being spent,” Democrat mayor told reporters about the five-digit Zeldin contribution of political action Striving for a Better New York A committee founded by Fr. Alfred Cockfield II.
Cockfield, a Brooklyn pastor and a prominent Adams supporter, founded the PAC last fall to support moderate Democratic political candidates who look face to face with the mayor on public safety and other issues.
Adams, who spoke to reporters outside a Brooklyn polling station after voting for Hochul, said he would have liked to see Cockfield poured money into Hochul’s coffers.
“I thought it would be better to support the Democrats up and down the line and especially this governor,” he said.
The Cockfield PAC donation hit the state’s campaign finance database late Monday – just hours before New York City polls opened for voters to cast their votes in the hot governor race between Hochul and Zeldin.
The PAC’s Eleventh Hour contribution highlights the politically tense situation Adams found himself in, criticizing democratic criminal justice policies such as the 2020 bail reform enacted by the state legislature.
In opposing such reforms, the mayor’s rhetoric resembles that of Zeldin and his fellow Republican people who blame Hochul and other elected New York Democrats for the increase in some of the city’s index crimes during the pandemic.
Asked Tuesday afternoon about his reaction to Adams’s criticism of Zeldin’s donation from his PAC, Cockfield told the Daily News that he could not speak of his group’s internal deliberations.
“I can’t talk about the governor’s race. I have no comment, he said in a short phone call. “Have a nice day.”
The word about Cockfield’s afterburner Zeldin came right after New York Times report it was found that his PAC made a legally questionable donation to a charter school he founded in Brooklyn.
Though Zeldin allied with the mayor on bail reform, Adams told reporters in Brooklyn that the Republican had no step on gun control issues – and that thus Cockfield made a mistake when it comes to financial aid.
“They used the money to (support) a candidate who I believe voted against the Washington Arms Act, who wants to hand over guns to teachers at school because I’m trying to take guns from schools,” Adams said.
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