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Catsimatidis family torn over Republican NYC mayoral primary

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A Cats fight has broken out over who in the Republican Party should run for mayor.

The Catsimatidis family is torn over the issue, with billionaire GOP donor John and his daughter Andrea, who heads up the Manhattan party, each supporting different candidates.

The elder Cats has thrown in with Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, while Andrea Catsimatidis is backing taxi drivers and bodegas advocate Fernando Mateo.

“She’s not talking to me. I think maybe because of this issue,” John Catsimatidis told The Post.

The supermarket magnate and wife Margo are planning to host a fundraiser to mark Sliwa’s’ 67th birthday at Empire Steakhouse on Tuesday. Live entry is $150 a pop (with Zoom invites going for $67), and a $2,000 check will get you dinner with the red-bereted vigilante himself.

“As far as the Republicans are concerned, I’m with Curtis,” John Catsimatidis confirmed.

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Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels, has the backing of the Staten Island and Brooklyn GOP.
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Andrea Catsimatidis, meanwhile feted New York Reps. Nicole Malliotakis and Andrew Garbarino and Florida’s Kat Cammack in Midtown two weeks ago. Both Mateo and Sliwa stopped by as well.

But John Catsimatidis told The Post that his daughter specifically asked him not to attend.

“All families have disagreements,” Andrew Giuliani, who was there, told The Post, downplaying the drama. “The Giulianis have had them — some on the covers of the New York Post — for years.”

Andrea Catsimatidis did not respond to request for comment.

The city party is also divided. Sliwa has the backing of the Staten Island and Brooklyn GOP, while Mateo has rolled up Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens.

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Andrea Catsimatidis is not talking to her father over the rift, he said.
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Friends and advisors of Andrea say she’s looking to break out from her father’s shadow and his dusty coterie of longtime aides and political fixers. They insist that she and the Manhattan party ultimately went with Mateo because he was the better bet.

“Curtis only appeals to the hardened base of the Republican party whereas Fernando is much better positioned to build the coalition we would need to win in November,” Robert Morgan Jr., a GOP district leader, told The Post.

Team John, however, was dismissive, saying Mateo would be a favorite of the consultant class only looking to cash in on the race, rather than what they say will be the far leaner effort by Sliwa — a Gotham icon. (The Guardian Angels leader is already planning to forgo an NYPD police detail in favor of his own troops.)

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Mateo is an advocate of taxi drivers and bodegas.
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They’re also worried about past Mateo baggage, including secretly fundraising for Mayor de Blasio and his upper Manhattan restaurant La Marina being shuttered in 2019 after scores of violations and a manager busted on drug charges.

The GOP primary will be held on June 22. The winner will face the Democratic nominee in the November general election.



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Suspect arrested in fatal Brooklyn stabbing

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Police have apprehended a suspect in the fatal December stabbing of a Brooklyn man, cops said on Saturday.

The suspect, John Headley, 32, also of Brooklyn, was taken into custody Friday and charged with murder and weapons possession for the Dec. 12 knifing of Ken Baird, 37, police said.

Baird was stabbed multiple times in the chest following a dispute on Crown Street near Utica Avenue in Crown Heights at about 6:40 p.m., police said.

EMS transported Baird to King County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, cops said.

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Man dies after jumping from Staten Island Ferry

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A 53-year-old man died Saturday after jumping from the Staten Island Ferry into the chilly waters of New York Harbor, police said.

NYPD Harbor launch officers pulled the man out of the water after responding to reports of a jumper near the Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Manhattan at around 2 p.m.

“He jumped off the ferry as it pulled away from the dock,” an NYPD spokesman told The Post. He jumped off the Ferryboat Andrew J. Barberi, police said.

The unidentified victim was removed to Pier 11 and transported to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 3:10 p.m.

A newsstand worker said there were “about 50 or so emergency people” at Pier 11 following a valiant effort — which included CPR — to save the man’s life.

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An NYPD spokesman says the 53-year-old man “jumped off the ferry as it pulled away from the dock.”

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The 53-year-old man was transported to New York-Presbyterian Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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Kemp Lashes M.L.B. as Republicans Defend Georgia’s Voting Law

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Mr. Kemp, who is gearing up to run for re-election in 2022, has striven to re-enter the good graces of Republican voters after becoming a central political target of former President Donald J. Trump because of his refusal to help Mr. Trump overturn the state’s election results last year. A former secretary of state of Georgia who has his own record of decisions that made voting harder for the state’s residents, he is again a key G.O.P. voice leading the charge on the issue.

On Saturday, he repeatedly tried to paint the league’s decision as driven by Stacey Abrams, the voting rights advocate and former Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia who is seen as likely to challenge Mr. Kemp again next year.

Ms. Abrams, one of the most prominent critics of Georgia’s voting law, has pushed back on calls for sports leagues and corporations to boycott the state. She said on Friday that she was “disappointed” baseball officials had pulled the All-Star Game but that she was “proud of their stance on voting rights.”

In defending the law in Georgia, Mr. Kemp singled out two Democratically controlled states, New York and Delaware, and compared their voting regulations with the new law in Georgia. Those states do not offer as many options for early voting as Georgia does, but they have also not passed new laws instituting restrictions on voting.

“In New York, they have 10 days of early voting,” Mr. Kemp said (New York actually has nine). “In Georgia, we have a minimum of 17, with two additional Sundays that are optional in our state. In New York, you have to have an excuse to vote absentee. In Georgia, you can vote absentee for any reason.”



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