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De Blasio Welcomed By Nurses Association; Lhota Stops By LGBT Fundraiser

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While one of the candidates for mayor spent some time with their base Thursday, another attended a fundraiser for a group not known to line up to support his party. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.

On Thursday, Bill de Blasio got a hero's welcome from the New York State Nurses Association, a partner in one of his key campaign issues: fighting hospital closures in Brooklyn.

"I had stood shoulder to shoulder with you to save Interfaith, to save Long Island College Hospital," de Blasio said.

But it's another campaign issue, his criticism of stop-and-frisk, that's dominating the conversation, with Republican Joseph Lhota attacking him in a TV ad and again in an interview Thursday with NY1 Noticias.

"I believe without any doubt that Bill de Blasio's immaturity and lack of understanding regarding criminal justice and how we were able to bring crime down will come to fore if, God forbid, he is elected mayor," Lhota said.

"I think it's time for a more mature conversation in this town," de Blasio said.

De Blasio said he will maintain progress on public safety, maintaining current staffing levels and expanding anti-gang initiatives. He blasted Lhota's attempt to link him to Dinkins-era crime.

"I think his characterization is inappropriate," de Blasio said. "I think it is not a responsible characterization. I don't think it's mayoral of my opponent to suggest such a thing."

Meanwhile, his daughter Chiara stars in a new TV ad that references Lhota's attack ad.

"Now that my dad's on the move, his opponents are on the attack," Chiara says in the ad.

It also references a previous campaign ad starring another de Blasio.

"All of this attention, it's a good thing, as long as it's not your little brother," she says in the ad.

Thursday night, Lhota was at a Midtown hotel for a fundraiser hosted by some heavy hitters from the world of business and finance. Earlier in the day, a federal judge rejected an effort by wealthy Republican donors to contribute unlimited amounts of money on an independent expenditure on Lhota's behalf. Lhota himself trails de Blasio in money raised.

"I don't know where Bill's number is, and quite honestly, I don't know where my number is," Lhota said. "I just know that I will have more than enough."

As if to underline his progressive social views, Lhota also stopped by an LGBT fundraiser at the same hotel benefiting the Empire State Pride Agenda. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP