New York City mayoral hopefuls Andrew Yang and Curtis Sliwa made unannounced appearances at the wake for slain NYPD officer Anastasios Tsakos Monday afternoon.
Yang, the Democratic frontrunner for the crowded race, arrived at the Saint Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church in Greenlawn, Long Island sometime after 2 p.m. and stayed for about thirty minutes.
The businessman was flanked by two campaign aides and didn’t make any comments to the press when he entered or when he left. When his campaign was reached by The Post later, they declined comment.
Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels and one of two Republican candidates for mayor, told The Post he attended the viewing for about an hour but he typically goes to wakes and funerals for police officers who die in the line of duty.
“It was good to see that he was paying his respects because to be honest I didn’t see any of the other candidates,” Sliwa said of Yang’s appearance.
“I must say they were very respectful, it wasn’t a campaign stop as I’ve seen done in the past, very somber, you know he didn’t quite know everyone like I did but I wouldn’t expect that because he’s new to this,”
Tsakos, a 43-year-old veteran highway officer for the department, was killed early Tuesday morning by an admitted drunk driver on the Long Island Expressway while investigating a previous accident on the roadway.
The married dad of two was struck so violently that his body was thrown at least 100 feet and his patrol boot flew off his severed leg, a witness told The Post.
Sliwa said Tsako’s family was clearly “crushed” by their loved one’s tragic death but they appreciated the outpouring of support.
Additional reporting by Nolan Hicks
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