NYC Mayoral Candidates to Sleep in Harlem Public Housing

by Associated Press
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Each Will Spend 12 Hours at a Host Family

Six New York City mayoral candidates will spend a night in a Harlem public housing building to highlight conditions in the city-run system.

The six will spend Saturday night at the Lincoln Houses. The participants include Democrats Christine Quinn, Anthony Weiner, Bill de Blasio, William Thompson Jr. and John Liu as well as independent Adolfo Carrion Jr.

They will each spend 12 hours with a host family. The candidates will discuss the experience at a news conference Sunday morning. The sleepover is organized by the activist group Community Voices Heard.

Shoddy conditions in city Housing Authority buildings have become a hot topic in the mayoral race. Several candidates have called for its chairman, John Rhea, to step down.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has defended Rhea.

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