Sliwa breaks mask rules as he rails against subway crime

He was caught on tape — his own!

Republican mayoral candidate and longtime talk show host Curtis Sliwa released a video of himself railing against crime and quality-of-life issues on a subway train — while breaking the state’s coronavirus rules by not wearing a mask.

Sliwa taped and posted the 41-second clip to tout an upcoming appearance on talk radio station WABC-770AM, where he hosted a show before throwing his red beret into the mayoral race.

“Look, I’m the candidate for mayor who actually rides the subways,” Sliwa tells the camera, tweaking Mayor Bill de Blasio, as he stands in the middle of a subway car — mask in hand — as the N train rumbles through Manhattan.

The camera turns and pans around the largely empty car as Sliwa says that the low ridership “has nothing to do with COVID-19, no. It has to do with the crime, the emotionally disturbed persons, the homeless people, everywhere in the subway system, making it intolerable to use.”

Guardian Angels founder and Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa patrolling a subway platform on February 17, 2021.
Guardian Angels founder and Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa patrolling a subway platform on February 17, 2021.
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The clip, posted Tuesday, ends with Sliwa calling himself “an expert” on the massive transit network, which carried nearly 6 million people daily before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

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The Guardian Angels founder referenced the MTA’s recently completed ridership survey in the brief segment to back his claims that fears of crime have prevented straphangers from coming back to the subways.

That same survey also found that worries about COVID-19 were actually a bigger deterrent to lapsed riders returning to the trains than worries about crime.

Sliwa leading Guardian Angels into the 51st and Lexington Avenue subway station on February 17, 2021.
Sliwa leading Guardian Angels into the 51st and Lexington Avenue subway station on February 17, 2021.
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The MTA imposed a $50 fine on those busted riding the trains without face coverings in September as a public health measure amid the coronavirus crisis.

Sliwa told The Post on Wednesday that he made the video as he rode the N train to 59th Street, where he planned to catch the 6 train up to 86th Street in a failed bid to crash de Blasio’s own planned subway ride up to East Harlem.

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“I took it off for a second, there was nobody in that car,” he said of the mask. “Now, can you do a video with the mask on? It’s kind of difficult with the noise. So, excuse me for taking the mask off for 60 seconds.”

Sliwa talking to a homeless woman at the 51st and Lexington Avenue subway station on February 17, 2021.
Sliwa talking to a homeless woman at the 51st and Lexington Avenue subway station on February 17, 2021.
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In a statement, the MTA said only: “We urge everyone to wear a mask, and remind them that it is the law.”

“We are proud that through our efforts and those of our customers, mask usage in the system is over 98%,” said Ken Lovett, a senior adviser to MTA chairman Pat Foye.

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