Mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner on Monday night paid an unexpected compliment to his former mentor Sen. Charles Schumer, though the senator has repeatedly dodged questions about Weiner since the former Congressman announced his candidacy last month.
Weiner spoke at an Astoria, Queens, candidates’ forum that focused on technology policy, saying affordable housing and immigration reform would help provide the city with qualified workers to boost its tech industry.
“We have a broken immigration system. We should try to fix it all at once,” he said. “Finally, Congress is doing that, and I hope that our senator, Chuck Schumer, is successful.”
Weiner said he wants to see “open doors to the city” as well as to the country. Comptroller John Liu, former Councilman Sal Albanese and independent candidate and former Bronx borough president Adolfo Carrion Jr., were also at the mayoral forum at the Museum of the Moving Image.
Weiner resigned from the congressional seat once held by Schumer two years ago following a sexting scandal. Schumer has shied away from commenting on Weiner’s candidacy, most recently at a Park Slope, Brooklyn, street festival Sunday that both Democrats attended.