Mayoral hopefuls sleepover in NYCHA building

Mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson, left, stayed at the home of a public housing resident along with other Democratic candidates. Credit: Bill Thompson campaign/Twitter
Mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson, left, stayed at the home of a public housing resident along with other Democratic candidates.
Credit: Bill Thompson campaign/Twitter

Five Democratic candidates running for mayor slept at a Harlem housing project Saturday night to highlight living conditions within the city’s Public Housing Authority.

At the invitation of the Rev. Al Sharpton, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, City Comptroller John Liu, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, former City Comptroller Bill Thompson and former congressman Anthony Weiner participated in the sleepover at the Lincoln Houses in East Harlem.

“Just one night won’t solve all the problems, but one night will take the issues out of the margins,” Sharpton told reporters Sunday morning after the sleepover, according to the New York Daily News.

Prior to the event, organized by Sharpton’s National Action Network, NYCHA crews cleaned up the Lincoln Houses Friday, but candidates still experienced the poor and sometimes unsanitary conditions known to public housing residents.

Quinn found mold in the bathroom of the tenant she stayed with. De Blasio reported water damage and Thompson slept without the comfort of air conditioning.

Sharpton said Republican candidates John Catsimatidis and Joe Lhota, along with Independence party candidate Adolfo Carrion, did not attend the NYCHA sleepover after being invited.

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