While much of the attention has been focused on the Democratic race, Republicans have a primary of their own on Tuesday, and on Sunday, the two leading mayoral candidates squared off in a final televised debate. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.
On many of the issues, Joseph Lhota and John Catsimatidis agree.
Both want to freeze or reduce taxes. Both say there will be no retroactive raises for municipal unions. And both defend the New York City Police Department's stop-and-frisk policy.
"Why are we penalizing the NYPD when we should be applauding them?" Lhota said.
Both would also like to retain Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, though Catsimatidis was coy on whether he'd had that conversation with Kelly directly.
Q: If, in fact, you haven't had it with him, how can you make that promise to New Yorkers that you would keep him on as commissioner?
Catsimatidis: Well, Melissa, there's such a thing as body language.
Both men also took shots at Democrat Bill de Blasio, but wouldn't go as far as Mayor Michael Bloomberg in suggesting he's run a racially divisive campaign.
"I don’t think that Bill de Blasio has been running a racially charged campaign," Lhota said. "However, I have said that he's running a campaign based on class warfare."
"I think he is radical, and I think he is wrong," Catsimatidis said.
Still, on some issues, the Republicans veer liberal. Lhota spoke about the need for affordable housing and described himself as a social progressive outside the GOP mainstream. Both men support immigrant ID cards.
Still, Lhota sought to draw a contrast with the Democrats.
"They're out there talking about raising taxes. They're talking about more left-wing approaches to how things should get done in the city of New York," he said. "We cannot go backwards. We have to go to forwards. We have to continue the policies that we've had over the last 20 years."
Perhaps looking past the primary, Lhota, who is ahead in the polls, declined to ask his opponent any questions. Catsimatidis, meanwhile, claimed more support among minorities.
"All the minorities I've been to in the last three months, they love me," Catsimatidis said. "I have a love factor with the minorities. I've gone to every minority neighborhood. They all give me hugs."
Afterwards, Lhota appeared alongside former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, whose support he hopes will help propel him to victory on Tuesday.