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Lhota, de Blasio have heated second debate

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It was round two for mayoral candidates Joe Lhota and Bill de Blasio.

The two sparred over a range of issues during their second debate on Tuesday, including taxes and education, but some of the most heated exchanges came over crime and public safety.

Lhota, who received the backing of the Queens County Republican Party, brought up the fact that de Blasio served in the administration of Mayor David Dinkins—a period when there were 2,000 murders a year and “the last time we had a race riot in the city of New York.”

“He is actually bringing us backwards,” said Lhota.

Lhota, who disagrees with de Blasio over having an inspector general for the NYPD, said, “we cannot handcuff the police department.”

De Blasio said he believes in “a strong NYPD,” and “an independent inspector general is a smart form of check and balance to make sure we’re doing things right, to make sure that civil liberties and individual liberties are being recognized.”

Lhota already targeted his Democratic opponent on his weaknesses on crime in an ad released on Wednesday, October 16, which was brought up during the debate.

Calling the ad divisive, de Blasio said it was “race-baiting” and “fear-mongering.”

The ad shows scenes from the city’s higher-crime past and suggests crime will go up under a de Blasio administration.

“Don’t tell me I throw out the race card because there is nothing racial in there. And Bill, you cannot stoop that low and bring that up,” Lhota said, firing back at the charges at one point.

Lhota also blasted de Blasio over comments he made about Rudy Giuliani, whom Lhota worked for during both his terms as New York City mayor.

“I am getting sick and tired of you impugning the integrity of Rudy Giuliani,” Lhota said.

De Blasio and Lhota will meet for their next and final debate on Tuesday, October 29.



De Blasio, Lhota face off in their first general election debate

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Mayoral opponents Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota met in their first debate of the general election Tuesday night.

De Blasio, the Democratic candidate and front-runner, spent much of the Tuesday, October 15 televised debate trying to tie Lhota to national Republicans and the Tea Party.

“I think Mr. Lhota should be straight up with us about the fact that he does subscribe to the views of the national Republican Party,” said de Blasio, who mentioned Lhota’s attendance at a Staten Island Tea Party event and support of delaying Obamacare for a year.

“Don’t lump me in with people who I’m constantly in disagreement with,” said Lhota, defending himself at one point.

Lhota, who was deputy mayor under Mayor Rudy Giuliani and headed up the MTA, took aim at de Blasio by saying he has the direct management experience to be mayor.

“I can be mayor on day one without any training, without any learning curve whatsoever, said Lhota.

Though both candidates expressed a desire to change the direction of the city and agreed on some basic points, including creating more affordable housing, they were divided on many of the issues.

Among the topics covered were charter schools, crime and stop-and-frisk, the government shutdown, job creation and narrowing the income gap.

De Blasio spoke about his “Tale of Two Cites,” saying 46 percent of residents are living at or near the poverty the level, and his desire to tax the wealthy. He wants to use the tax increase to expand after-school programs and create universal pre-K.

Lhota called de Blasio a typical “career politician” who says he’s going to raise taxes on the wealthy, but will end up also raising them on the middle class. Lhota added that de Blasio voting twice to increase property taxes when he was on the City Council and other parts of his record were proof of him “going back and taking money away from the middle class.”

The two candidates will debate again on October 22 and 29.



Queens’ Morning Roundup

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