Curtis Sliwa
Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa announces his campaign for mayor outside Penn Station, March 15, 2021.
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Sliwa describes himself as a Republican candidate “running for mayor of New York City to finally end the disastrous reign of de Blasio-Cuomo."

In the late 1970s, he founded the Guardian Angels, a nonprofit volunteer organization that began its anti-crime activities by patrolling the subways. Today, the group has chapters in 13 countries and over 100 cities, according to its website.

Safety and refunding the police are central to  the campaign of Sliwa, a radio host who still wears the Angels’ trademark red beret. He proposes adding 4,500 uniformed and 500 undercover officers to patrol the subways. He also calls for restoring "all budget cuts" to the NYPD  and giving the department more money to combat gun violence.

Sliwa is part of the Republican wing that does not support former President Donald Trump. In the first debate of the GOP candidates, he said he had never voted for Trump.

The 67-year-old current Manhattan resident got involved in community work at an early age. At 14, he became known as a "neighborhood garbage collector" when he opened a recycling center in Brooklyn.



THE CITY sent three multiple-choice surveys to every Democratic and Republican mayoral candidate on the ballot for the June 22 primary, starting in February. See how Curtis Sliwa answered below.

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