Mayor de Blasio and challenger Sal Albanese fought a war of words over government corruption, a statue-removal commission and pockets of high crime across the city during the second and final Democratic primary debate Wednesday night.
Hizzoner began the hour-long face-off defending his administration’s record, which includes several year-long probes of his political fundraising operation that didn’t yield indictments, but prompted prosecutors to admonish him.
Mayor de Blasio is one of the city’s biggest Boston Red Sox fans — but on Wednesday he couldn’t hide his disappointment in his favorite team.
“My faith has been shaken,” said de Blasio, when asked at Wednesday night’s Mayoral debate at the CUNY Graduate Center about reports that team officials admitted to cheating by stealing pitching signs from opposing teams, including the Yankees.
Democratic mayoral challenger Sal Albanese tagged Mayor de Blasio with a series of body blows Wednesday night, jabbing his administration as the “least transparent” in city history and suggesting de Blasio should have been indicted for corruption.
The two sparred for an hour and a half at the first Democratic primary debate, which was held on the Upper West Side and featured several testy exchanges over affordable housing, homelessness and government corruption.