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Crime emerged as the major issue when New York’s Republican gubernatorial candidates squared off at their first televised debate Monday — with everyone vowing to fire Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg over his progressive prosecution policies.

“It’s chaos in New York City,” said Rob Astorino, a former county executive in suburban Westchester.

“You try to go into the city to have a good time with your family and everyone’s looking over your shoulder.”

Astorino said visitors would be “lucky” if they’re only “hit over the head with a bag of poop!” — invoking a disgusting subway incident before referencing a pair of other, far more violent attacks underground.

“I mean, that’s a good day going to the city now — and you might get hit with a hammer or shoved onto the train tracks.”

Andrew Giuliani — who appeared at the CBS New York event via video feed after refusing to produce proof that he’s been vaccinated against COVID-19 — said he wanted to revive the policies of his dad, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, to fight crime in the city and across the state.

Giuliani said “we need to utilize programs” including “broken windows” and “stop, question and frisk” that he said drove down “2,000 murders a year in the early ‘90s to less than 600 murders a year just five short years later.”

Candidate for NY State Governor Rob Astorino holds a press conference.
Former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino said New York City is in “chaos.”
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“Are you saying we should go back to the programs that your father instituted,” co-moderator Marcia Kramer asked.

“Yes, I am, Marcia,” he answered.

Harry Wilson, a wealthy corporate turnaround specialist from Westchester, said the crime problem — and the state’s controversial bail-reform law — resonated with him personally, as he revealed that a 77-year-old relative was fatally stabbed last week.

“My cousin’s father was murdered in his backyard,” he said, choking up.

Businessman Harry Wilson speaks to reporters at the 2022 NYGOP Convention, Tuesday, March 1, 2022, in Garden City, N.Y.
Businessman Harry Wilson’s 77-year-old relative was fatally stabbed in his backyard last week.
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“It was by a monster who’s out on cashless bail upstate, who had committed two assaults in recent weeks and set a fire in his backyard to draw him out, and then stabbed him to death on Thursday night.”

Front-runner Lee Zeldin, a four-term congressman from Long Island, said, “The hardest part of serving in elected office is going to a funeral, going to a wake, if someone who is dying too young in life, especially these NYPD funerals that we’ve gone through recently.”

“And you hear the family members speaking out, calling out elected officials and asking for action,” he said.

“Calling out Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, personally, by name,” he said, referring to the eulogy delivered by the widow of slain cop Jason Rivera earlier this year.

Andrew Giuliani, who is running for New York Governor, speaks during a small press conference related to Andrew’s campaign in New York, New York.
Andrew Giuliani wants to reintroduce “stop, question and frisk.”

“You could tell how personal it is for these families.”

Zeldin and the three other GOP hopefuls all said they would fire the embattled DA if elected.

Monday’s debate at the CBS Broadcast Center on West 57th Street marked the first face-off between the four Republican candidates hoping to run in November’s general election against either heavily favored Gov. Kathy Hochul, US Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Long Island) or city Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.

Hochul skipped the first Democratic debate on NY1 but took part in the second last week on CBS New York and came under attack from her rivals over her husband’s job with the concessionaire at the Buffalo Bills’ Highmark Stadium in upstate Orchard Park.

The football and concert venue is set to be replaced by a new stadium funded in part with $850 million in taxpayer money, including $600 million that Hochul added to the state’s $220 billion budget in April.

Most polls have shown Zeldin, 42, with large leads, although one last month had him trailing Giuliani, 36, by five percentage points.

The latest poll, released Monday by Emerson College, put Zeldin in first place with 34%, compared to 16% for Astorino, 15% for Wilson and 13% for Giuliani and 22% undecided.

But multimillionaire Wilson, 50, had the most campaign cash on hand — more than $4.2 million — as of late last month, according to filings with the state Board of Elections.

Zeldin had $3.1 million, followed by Astorino, 55, with $1.1 million, and Giuliani, who had less than $313,000.

Veteran Marist College pollster Lee Miringoff has said that Monday’s debate was “very important” for the candidates because the Republican primary was “a tough race to handicap and right now it looks like a free-for-all.”

“But Republicans recognize they’re the smaller party in New York and this could be a Republican year nationally,” he added.

New York’s most recent Republican governor, George Pataki, also told The Post that he’s “really optimistic about Republican chances this fall,” especially given last week’s overwhelming ouster of progressive San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin in a recall election.

“The overriding issue is crime. New Yorkers don’t feel safe, and with good reason,” said Pataki, who served three terms from 1995 through 2006.

The state’s gubernatorial primary elections are scheduled for June 28, with early voting set to start on Saturday in New York City.

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Kourtney Kardashian uses Kopari Coconut Melt to ‘look good naked’




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Kourtney Kardashian’s no stranger to showing skin.

Whether the reality star’s modeling lingerie, baring it all in a bikini or packing on PDA with husband Travis Barker, she’s clearly confident about her body — and relies on a selection of tried-and-true products to keep her skin in tip-top shape.

In one of her first-ever Poosh stories, fittingly titled “How to Look Good Naked,” the 43-year-old outlines some of her body care essentials, including La Mer The Body Crème ($300), Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream ($95) and Le Labo’s Pin 12 Candle ($82) — the latter because “lighting is everything.”

But not everything on Kardashian’s list will bust your budget. She also swears by Kopari Organic Coconut Melt, which will set you back just $29 for a full-sized jar or $18 for a mini version.

“In order to achieve glowy skin, it’s important to moisturize everything — everywhere — at least once a day,” the Poosh piece reads. “Don’t forget to care for your hands and feet as well; we recommend focusing on these areas at night.”

Billed as “a deep conditioner for your bod,” the product is comprised of 100% organic, unrefined coconut oil, and Kopari suggests applying it “as soon as you step out of the shower and at the end of the day.”

What’s more, the multitasking product also works well as a hair mask, dry shave oil, bath mix-in and belly balm, per the brand.

Snag a tub for yourself below — and get ready to look fabulous in your birthday suit, too.

Kopari Organic Coconut melt

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Carlos Carrasco’s gem, three homers propel Mets past Marlins




MIAMI — He’s one tough Cookie these days.

Carlos Carrasco isn’t going to win any contests blowing away hitters, but the right-hander’s offspeed pitches and command — and most importantly, his health — have converged this season to give the Mets an invaluable rotation piece.

On Saturday, he gave his team 7 ²/₃ shutout innings in a 4-0 victory over the Marlins at loanDepot park. Carrasco extended his scoreless streak over his past three starts to 18 ²/₃ innings.

The win was No. 100 in Carrasco’s career, making the 35-year-old the eighth Venezuelan-born pitcher to reach the milestone. Carrasco last surrendered a run on July 9 against the Marlins at Citi Field.

The Mets (63-37) won their fifth straight and reached the 100-game mark with the franchise’s most victories since 1986.

Overall, Carrasco allowed four hits and struck out seven with two walks. Seth Lugo replaced Carrasco in the eighth inning after Charles Leblanc had doubled with two outs. But Leblanc was picked off second base by Tomas Nido, ensuring Carrasco’s scoreless streak continued.

Carlos Carrasco didn't allow a run in the Mets' 4-0 win over the Marlins.
Carlos Carrasco didn’t allow a run in the Mets’ 4-0 win over the Marlins.

Lugo remained in the game to pitch a scoreless ninth inning, allowing Edwin Diaz a day off following a 10-pitch outing Friday in which he struck out the side.

The Mets will try for a three-game sweep of the reeling Marlins on Sunday with Taijuan Walker on the mound.

After scuffling at the plate for seven innings, the Mets gave Carrasco breathing room in the eighth when Francisco Lindor and J.D. Davis each blasted a solo homer to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. Davis’ homer, in a pinch-hitting appearance, came as the Mets are searching on the trade market for a right-handed bat to solidify the DH spot.

The Mets have traded for two lefty bats in the last week-plus to bolster the other half of the DH equation. One of those additions, Tyler Naquin, debuted for the Mets on Saturday in left field and went 0-for-4. Daniel Vogelbach started at DH and drew a walk in four plate appearances.

Carrasco’s gem was the latest strong performance by a Mets starting pitcher. Entering play, the Mets had a 2.45 ERA from the starting rotation in July, which ranked second in the major leagues. Chris Bassitt had a rare flat start for the Mets a night earlier, when he allowed four earned runs over six innings.

Jeff McNeil hit a solo homer in the third against rookie Nick Neidert to give the Mets their first run. The homer was the first since June 14 for McNeil, who entered the day with a .162/.240/.191 slash line in July.

The Mets weren’t finished in the inning: Nido, Brandon Nimmo and Lindor all singled. Lindor’s hit extended the Mets’ lead to 2-0 and gave the shortstop 68 RBIs for the season before he reached 69 with his blast later.

Carrasco was challenged in the first inning, when he allowed a single to Miguel Rojas and walk to Jesus Aguilar before retiring JJ Bleday for the final out. In the fourth, Carrasco surrendered a leadoff single, but he escaped the inning when he got Bleday to ground into a double-play.

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Career NYC criminal tries to steal moped from NYPD station




A brazen career criminal with more than 50 arrests on his rap sheet, including rape, was busted for trying to steal a moped from outside a lower Manhattan police station.

Jon Matos was caught red-handed approaching the $1,200 bike outside the 5th Precinct, sources said.

He was allegedly using a set of burglary tools Friday to try to bust the lock of the bike, which was vouchered property, cops and sources said.

Matos, a homeless father of three, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of attempted grand larceny and possession of burglary tools.

The proceeding was delayed for hours, sources said, after Matos allegedly became angry with a cellmate who used the facilities — but didn’t courtesy flush.

“I was just f–king with it. It’s not my tools,” he allegedly told an NYPD detective, said Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Megan Mers during the court proceeding.

Judge Valentina Morales Saturday agreed to give Matos supervised release in the moped case.

“Thank you, your honor,” Matos told Morales.

But instead of hitting the streets once again, Matos was held on outstanding charges from the 23rd Precinct in an unrelated case, authorities said.

It was his second appearance before a judge in a week: Matos was in court days earlier, charged with grand larceny, petit larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property and was released in yet another incident.

Matos has racked up dozens of busts for burglary, robbery, fare evasion — including the 1999 rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Crime is up in six of the seven major crimes measured by the department contributed to the increase — though the seventh category, murders, dropped a noticeable 31.6% last month in comparison to numbers compiled in June 2021, according to the NYPD’s preliminary statistics.

Grand larceny spiked 41%, robbery rose 36.1% and burglary went up 33.8%.

When addressing the crime spike last month, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the department was arresting the same people for crimes “over and over again.”

Other recent and brazen repeat offenders include veteran shoplifter Isaac “Man of Steal” Rodriguez, who was finally locked up in January after dozens of arrests for stealing to support his drug habit.

Laron Mack, whose catchphrase is “I steal for a living,” has been arrested more than 50 times. Another serial stealer, James Connelly, was busted in December for involvement in 28 separate incidents over three months.

Last month, accused serial shoplifter Lorenzo McLucas, 34, was nabbed for stealing from the cosmetics counter at a Duane Reade on Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, according to cops and court documents.

McLucas, who was released on his own recognizance, has notched 122 prior arrests.

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