The city's only runoff election, the Democratic primary for public advocate, will take place on Tuesday, and the two candidates vying for the position are engaging in series of negative attacks. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.
With little attention being paid to their race, state Senator Daniel Squadron and City Councilwoman Letitia James are in an all-out push to make their cases to the voters.
James spent Friday morning in the Bronx, even trying her hand at pool, although without much success.
On Thursday, she received the endorsement of former mayoral candidate John Liu.
"I'm voting for Tish James. I encourage all of my fellow New Yorkers to vote for Tish James," Liu said.
Squadron on Friday was at a Manhattan senior center, where he was joined by his wife.
Squadron went after James for spending the stipend she received as a city councilwoman after promising to donate it to charity. The extra cash is often referred to as a "lulu."
"Look, it's troubling that she's appeared not to have told the truth about this," Squadron said. "It's critical that we have a public advocate that New Yorkers can trust to fight for them. That's what I've always done."
"The reality is, is that I received a lulu," James said. "I attend a number of events. I support a number of causes in the city of New York. Often times, I don't even seek the deductions on my tax returns."
The two candidates have been sparring over personal finances. Squadron has been forced to defend statements he made about his family losing money in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. James has faced criticism for failing to release more than a year's worth of tax returns.
"We know that when it comes to releasing tax returns, there's a standard here that hasn't been met," Squadron said "There are some real questions that I think have to be answered. Transparency in government is what the public advocate's office is all about."
"I really don't want to focus on the finances of candidates. I really want to focus on the issues," James said. "New Yorkers are really tired of negative campaigning."
With just a few days to go before the October 1 runoff, the tone of the public advocate race has become increasingly acrimonious, as both candidates try to motivate their supporters to come out to the polls in what could be a low-turnout election.