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Democratic Socialist “bogeyman” Tiffany Cabán is extending a peace offering to the city’s likely next mayor, Eric Adams — after he declared war on her far-left movement.
“Nobody’s going to be surprised that we have very different views on how we achieve public safety, and there’s going to be a lot of tension and push-back there,” Cabán told The Post last week in an exclusive interview — in which she called herself a misunderstood “bogeyman.”
“At the same time, there are going to be areas where I will be eager to find common ground and I think one of the easiest places to point to is the crisis-management system,” said Cabán, referring to programs that deploy ex-cons to prevent shootings by talking down younger gang members.
“Eric has been somebody who has supported the expansion of CMS,” she said of the Brooklyn borough president. “He is someone who buys into cure-violence models.”
The socialist City Council candidate spoke during an exclusive sit-down interview Wednesday, the day after The Post reported Adams told supporters, “All across the country, the DSA socialists are mobilizing to stop Eric Adams.
“They realize that if I’m successful, we’re going to start the process of regaining control of our cities,” the retired NYPD captain said during a fundraiser in Queens.
Cabán, a former public defender, was one of two members of the Democratic Socialists of America to win a primary race for a City Council seat. Cabán (D-Queens) and fellow socialist Alexa Avilés (D-Brooklyn) are favored to win in the November general election and join the council in January. Adams also won his primary race for mayor and is a shoo-in come November.
Adams responded to Cabán’s olive branch with a muted statement.
“Eric knows the City Council will be a vital partner, and he’s looking forward to working with all members new and old on critical issues, including addressing gun violence through the crisis-management system,” his spokesman told The Post.
While Adams believes in alternative justice methods, he says they’re just one part of a “prevention and intervention” approach that includes putting more cops on the streets — a tactic Cabán strongly opposes.
Her 48-page “public safety plan” promotes not only defunding the NYPD but also stripping the department of many of its law-enforcement roles.
“Police do not solve most crimes and do nearly nothing to help survivors and victims,” she claims in the plan.
“If someone is in a situation where they need to call 911 because they are afraid for their life, police are unlikely to be able to help,” she says.
Still, the 34-year-old lawyer insists that people who get to know her don’t find her impossibly radical.
“I go from being an unknown bogeyman to being like, ‘I can talk to Tiffany and work with Tiffany,’ ” she said.
Councilman Keith Powers (D-Manhattan), who chairs the council’s criminal-justice committee, acknowledged that Cabán can be flexible on policy matters such as the plan to close the Rikers Island jail complex.
“I worked on criminal-justice issues with Cabán’s support despite ideological differences,” Powers said.
He said he believes she’d rather be a productive ally as opposed to an obstructionist colleague.
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