In Sharp Tones, de Blasio and Albanese Spar Over New York’s Future

With cross talk, barbed remarks and few moments of camaraderie, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his main Democratic opponent, Sal F. Albanese, engaged in a bitter debate on Wednesday before an occasionally rowdy audience less than three weeks before the primary election.

Their encounter, at a packed theater space on the Upper West Side, was the first of two Democratic debates to be held before the vote on Sept. 12. It provided the most contentious moments of a 2017 race for City Hall that, with few established political figures running and only one Republican candidate, has at times struggled to find a pulse.

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