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Bill De Blasio Poised To Be Elected Mayor Of New York

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  Original Published: 11/5/2013 Bill de Blasio is poised to become the first democratic mayor of New York City in nearly a quarter century. He is way ahead in the polls going into Tuesday's election. But that hasn't stopped a tough debate over crime and civil liberties. Deborah Feyerick reports. New York City on Tuesday is a far, far different place than it was 30 years ago. This is Times Square, now. This is Times Square back in the '80's and '90's when crime was rampant and racial tensions in the city were high. In campaign ads, the Republican candidate for mayor, Joe Lhota, warns those days could return under is Democtrat opponent, Bill De Blasio. "I believe that Bill De Blasio and his approach to public safety is reckless," says Lhota. De Blasio says, on the issue of public safety, civil rights are at stake and that it's time to end the city's more aggressive policing strategies like "stop and frisk." "We can be safer, in fact, if we take the foundation, the core of what we have and build upon it, a better working relationship between police and the community," says De Blasio. Lhota is backed by his former tough-on-crime boss Rudy Guiliani, who along with Michael Bloomberg, are the mayors credited with reducing cirme, cleaning up the city, and making New York City a good place to live. And yet Lhota remains nearly 40 points behind De Blasio, a dyed-in-the-wool progressive, positioning himself as the anti-Bloomberg. "It's resonating in particular with minority and low income voters," says Costas Panagopoulos, a political analyst. Lhota, who served as the city's budget director under Giuliani and who most recently ran the city's entire transportation system, says De Blasio's desire to raise taxes on wealthier New Yorkers to fund his universal pre-k programs for the poor, underscores De Blasio's fundamental lack of financial experience. "New York City is the highest taxed municipality in the United States of America," says Lhota. "We cannot afford to increase taxes." "We know early childhood education is the difference maker," says De Blasio. "We know it is the most effective investment we can make in education." De Blasio ran Hillary Clinton's first Senate campaign, and served most recently as the city's public advocate. "You've had a small staff, what qualifies you to run a $70-million budget?" asked CNN's Deborah Feyerick. "I've been in public life in this city almost 25 years now," responded De Blasio. Lhota, the son of a police officer, is the first in his family to go to college and is a self-made millionaire. "This is the firs time you've run for elective office,?" asked Feyerick. "Is it daunting?" "It's a challenge," Lhota responded. "You're ahead in the polls, is this a slam dunk?" asked Feyerick. "Nothing is a slam dunk," De Blasio said. "You have to run scared." Both men trying to embrace positibe legacies of their predecessors, while trying hard to set themselves apart.
   
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