The Rev. Al Sharpton has booked five leading Democratic candidates for New York mayor to spend Saturday night in the housing projects of East Harlem “to spotlight conditions in public housing that have resulted from years of neglect,” a report said.
Democrats Christine Quinn, John Liu, William Thompson, Bill de Blasio and Anthony Weiner, as well as Mr. Sharpton, agreed to participate in the sleepover at the Lincoln Houses on East 135th Street, the New York Daily News reported. Democrat Sal Albanese and Republicans John Catsimatidis and Joe Lhota said they had schedule conflicts, the Daily News said.
The candidates have been told to bring sleeping bags, which they will use with air mattresses in crowded living rooms. Some of the apartments will have no air conditioning, the report said.
“I don’t have no air to give them,” said one tenant who will host a candidate in her apartment.