Living in public housing is a piece of cake — if you stay just one night and have a patrol of NYPD officers to watch your back.
Five mayoral candidates spent Saturday night at the Lincoln Houses in East Harlem under the watchful eyes of at least five times the normal number of uniformed cops, sources said — a fact that wasn’t lost on irked residents.
“It should be like this all the time, not because people are running for an election,” griped Diane Beebe, 61, a 15-year tenant who opened her New York City Housing Authority home to mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner for the night. “People should be able to sit outside their building and feel comfortable.”
According to law-enforcement sources, there were nearly 30 uniformed officers on duty overnight, as well as a deputy inspector.
On a normal night — when the candidates are in the comfort of their own posh pads — there are usually only five or six cops on patrol, sources and residents said.
“Even when we call them, they take their time getting here,” Beebe said. “I hope they’ll be able to keep it like it was last night, at a peaceful level — no gunplay, nobody screaming, hollering, shouting, pissing in the elevator, having sex in the stairway.”
An NYPD rep declined comment on the claims.
Patricia Herman, 60, who leads Lincoln’s residents association, said, “We want to see it like this on a daily basis, 24-7.”
Usually, “we don’t see them,’’ she said of the cops. “They don’t come out unless somebody gets killed.”
Neighbor Gladys Rosario said she was glad to see the police presence but added…