NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Eric Adams said he will join fellow Democratic mayoral candidates at Thursday night’s debate, days after he said he planned to skip it.
The Brooklyn borough president said he made the decision after speaking with a representative for the family of Justin Wallace, a 10-year-old boy who was shot and killed in Queens over the weekend.
"Tune in to CBS2 tonight at 7p for the mayoral debate. I’ll be on stage and ready to talk about how to make this city safer, fairer and more affordable," Adams tweeted Thursday morning.
"After speaking with Justin Wallace’s family representative, we decided that my opponents’ attempts to politicize tonight’s vigil would be a painful distraction. I will honor him tonight and continue to work with the family to bring an end to gun violence," Adams wrote.
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Adams said earlier this week that he would skip the event to attend a vigil for Wallace.
“I enjoy debating the people on the stage, I wanted to, but the people of Rockaway, the people of this city, violence is suffocating our city,” Adams had said.
The decision drew criticism from Adams’ mayoral opponents, including Andrew Yang and Kathryn Garcia, who said he may be trying to avoid answering questions about how long he has lived in New Jersey.
Adams owns an apartment in Fort Lee with his partner, but he lists his address as a brownstone he also owns in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
On Wednesday, he gave a tour of his brownstone to reporters to prove he indeed lives in the city.
Primary Day is less than two weeks away on June 22. Early voting starts June 12 and runs through June 20.