De Blasio Defends His Stalled Millionaire Subway Tax In Final Primary Debate

Sal Albanese, who earned a reputation as a maverick during his 16 years representing Bay Ridge on the City Council in the 1980s and '90s, is making another run for mayor, after a strong third place finish in the 1997 Democratic primary, an abandoned campaign in 2001, and a weak finish four years ago.

"You'd assume they'd be having parades out in the streets". The mayor, in contrast, has spent $2.7 million and has almost $5 million on hand. "This is the hated Red Sox that he roots for", said Albanese, who recounted being cursed out by two women supporting the Red Sox outside a spring training game in Florida. "For years we have advocated for truly universal pre-kindergarten, truly universal security and safety programs and now universal access to school lunches- all of New York's students are entitled to excellent education, safety and health programs". The mayor elaborated on this point, insisting that "people all over this city, of every background, would like to have the city government be able to determine which building goes where, how high it will be, who gets to live in it, what the rent will be". I beg to differ.

De Blasio, who has presided over the city as crime numbers have dropped to record lows, vehemently disagreed. Mayor de Blasio's controversial standoff with the NYPD also cemented his poor image to many.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) on Monday also threatened to sue if Trump moved to end the DACA program.

"I came here as an immigrant at the age of 8 from Italy", he said. No one ever questioned that I was certainly an outsider.

The city's mayor didn't see it that way, however.

Turning to his financial disadvantage compared to the incumbent, Albanese portrayed that as a virtue.

In an interview with New York Magazine at the mayoral "Gracie Mansion" in Yorkville, Manhattan, de Blasio said Trump is "divisive and base and living out a tabloid approach in a professional setting".

However, his ability to spar publicly with the mayor one-on-one - in a debate held August 23 and a second planned for September 6, as this newspaper goes to press - gives the challenger hope he can break through.

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"We applaud Mayor De Blasio's commitment to providing proper nutrition for all students". "Getting my name out there is now starting not to be a problem - because of the debate, there's been a huge chunk of media interest".

"It's a long battle but one I believe we can win", de Blasio said.

"I think we need to reform our political system", Albanese countered when de Blasio said the city's ethics laws are adequate.

Albanese: You're not a cheerleader, you're the mayor of the city of NY.

But though de Blasio thinks his success is a no-brainer, it's not a conclusion reached by a majority of New Yorkers.

De Blasio criticized Trump's late father, developer Frederick Trump, for instilling "racist practices" in the future president as a child. "He's demoralized the force".

Albanese said he found Trump's policies "abhorrent" but recognized he has to work with federal agencies like the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He also argued that better training is needed, particularly for dealing with mentally unstable people.

"The affordable housing plan requires developers to create affordable housing", he said.

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