Several New York City mayoral candidates are taking a very hands-on approach to the hottest topics in the race for mayor.
Democrats Christine Quinn, Anthony Weiner, Bill de Blasio, William Thompson Jr., John Liu and independent Adolfo Carrion Jr. will spend Saturday night in a Harlem public housing building to bring attention to the inferior conditions in the city-run system. The topic has become a prominent one in the mayoral race.
Each candidate will spend 12 hours with a host family in units which, for the most part, do not have air-conditioning. They will also discuss the experience Sunday morning at a news conference.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has defended city Housing Authority Chairman John B. Rhea despite several contenders calling for him to step down.
The sleepover is organized by the activist group Community Voices Heard. The Daily News reports that Rev. Al Sharpton is organizing the event at the Lincoln Houses on E. 135th St. in East Harlem.
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