Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang rushed to the aid of a news photographer who was attacked Friday on the Staten Island Ferry.
Getty photojournalist Spencer Platt told The Post he was part of a small media entourage accompanying Yang on a tour of Staten Island when another ferry passenger began accosting the shutterbug.
The attacker approached Platt at 11:15 a.m. on the top outdoor deck, shortly after the boat sailed past the Statue of Liberty, the lensman said.
Platt said he was chatting on the phone with a friend when a man wearing a black cowboy hat and jeans walked over to him and stood a few inches from his face.
“I just said, ‘What’s up?’ He Immediately shoves me, I kind of tumble down,” Platt recalled. “I get back up, and he raises a steel bar — a broomstick handle — over his head. … He looks like he’s ready to strike me.”
The former Democratic presidential candidate saw the commotion from inside and raced outside to help, calming the assailant and allowing the photographer to escape, Platt said.
The attacker recognized Yang, the candidate told the Staten Island Advance.
“I got up and tried to intervene as quickly as I could,” Yang told the Advance. “I’m thrilled that when [the assailant] turned, he saw me and recognized me and the situation de-escalated quickly.”
“I think most people would have had the same impulse I had,” Yang added.
While Yang engaged the assailant, Platt flagged down the cops, who took over. It wasn’t immediately clear if an arrest was made or why the alleged attacker initially approached Platt.
The photojournalist thanked Yang for coming to his rescue.
“I definitely appreciate his services and being there,” Platt said. “You just don’t think that the Staten Island Ferry at 11:15 a.m. is the place where you’re going to get hit with a pole.”
Yang is currently the favored candidate to win the Democratic primary race for mayor, according to a poll released earlier this month.
Additional reporting by Craig McCarthy