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de Blasio

Democrat from New York

Bill de Blasio is the mayor of New York City. He has been mayor since 2014. De Blasio received a bachelor’s degree in metropolitan studies from New York University and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. In 2019, he ran for the Democratic nomination for president and dropped out in September.

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Nicole Malliotakis, the Republican candidate for New York City mayor, says the number of sex crimes on the city’s subway system has increased since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in 2014.

"People are packed in like sardines," Malliotakis said in a new television ad, "and subway sex crimes are up over 50 percent."

Sex crimes refer to acts of a sexual nature on the subway, like touching someone without consent or public lewdness.

Riding the subway has been less than pleasant lately, with frequent delays and occasional equipment failures.

But is Malliotakis right when she says riding the subway has become more dangerous as well?