Final primary debate turns into slugfest as de Blasio, Albanese clash over issues like police, Columbus and Trump

Mayor de Blasio and his primary challenger, Sal Albanese, traded punches on cops, corruption and Columbus as they squared off in their final primary debate Wednesday night — with the mayor doing plenty of bobbing and weaving.

The faceoff was the second of two debates held before the primary Tuesday — giving Albanese his last, best chance to raise his profile among New Yorkers, while de Blasio sought to promote and defend his record.

Albanese found fodder against his fellow Italian-American in the debate over what to do with the Christopher Columbus statue at Columbus Circle. De Blasio is forming a commission to study monuments across the city, and has declined to give his personal opinion.

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