Big real estate, lobbyists, consultants and other fixers have a stranglehold on City Hall. It’s so bad, that the Mayor himself came thisclose to being indicted. Mayor de Blasio was excoriated by both former US Attorney Preet Bharara and Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, Jr. I know that you are more than familiar with the multiple investigations and the pay-to-play atmosphere that has been created over the past 4 years in City Hall.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, the front-runner in next Tuesday’s Democratic primary, said he’s made New York City safer, fairer and more affordable, a claim rival Sal Albanese rejected in their second and final debate Wednesday.
In their final debate before the Democratic primary on Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio and former Councilman Sal Albanese battled to prove they had the strongest visions for the city, delving deeper into some of their policy goals and taking jabs at each other’s positions.
They traded barbs over issues from homelessness and affordable housing to Christopher Columbus statues in the second and final debate before next week’s Democratic mayoral primary.
CITY HALL — Mayor Bill de Blasio joked that he wished he still smoked pot during the high point of a lively Democratic primary debate with Staten Islander Sal Albanese on Wednesday night.
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.
Mayor Bill de Blasio spent most of Wednesday night’s 90-minute primary debate fending off a barrage of attacks and accusations from Democratic challenger Sal Albanese, a former City Councilman with a long-simmering disdain for the incumbent mayor.
Albanese, who has struggled to gain traction in the race, came ready to scrap on Wednesday, attacking the mayor for the investigations into his fundraising, a perceived lack of transparency, an increase in homelessness and the ongoing subway crisis.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio defended his record on making New York more affordable and fighting for the city’s residents in the first Democratic mayoral debate Wednesday, while opponent Sal Albanese said de Blasio has failed at handling the homelessness crisis and mass transit woes.
The debate was held Wednesday at Symphony Space, at 2537 Broadway on the Upper West Side. Albanese was the only other Democratic contender who raised enough money to qualify for the debates.
The first Democratic debate in the primary for New York City mayor highlighted a range of issues facing city residents, as well as two different governing styles. Incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio sparred with former City Council member Sal Albanese on topics ranging from government transparency to affordable housing and development in New York City.
Here are some of the issues the Democratic candidates addressed.
Bill de Blasio’s underdog Democratic primary opponent used the first televised mayoral debate Wednesday night to paint the mayor as having “turned the city over to big developers” to make good on his promise of building record amounts of affordable housing.
Former Brooklyn Councilman Sal Albanese also sought to make an issue of the now-folded probes into the mayor’s political fundraising. Albanese alluded to recently disclosed email exchanges between de Blasio and JSR Capital founder Jona Rechnitz, who pleaded guilty in a separate police corruption investigation—as well as correspondence between City Hall and a prominent lobbyist, James Capalino.
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.