Republican mayoral candidate Joseph Lhota has repeatedly attacked former Mayor David Dinkins, saying he was largely a failure as mayor. On Monday, Dinkins responded. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
Joseph Lhota called former Mayor David Dinkins a hypocrite Monday.
"He's the one who has selective memory," Lhota said. "It doesn't surprise me. He has always been delusional."
Dinkins, meanwhile, pointed out praise that Lhota gave his administration.
"He gave us credit, our administration credit, for Safe Streets, Safe Cities, so perhaps he's changed his mind."
Dinkins was referring to a speech from three weeks ago.
In it, Lhota said, "Twenty years ago, Bill, your father Lew Rudin and Mayor David Dinkins understood that and helped champion the Safe Streets, Safe Cities program that put more cops on the street."
That was before the Lhota campaign released an ad depicting the Dinkins years as dangerous.
After hosting a fundraiser for Bill de Blasio in Harlem on Monday, the former mayor decided to weigh in.
"It's not very bright on their part," Dinkins said. "Our administration had no scandals. That cannot be said of the administration that preceded us or the one that followed us. Some of those folks may still be in jail. So if I were Lhota, I would not want to remind people of those kinds of things."
Dinkins was referring to several members of the Giuliani administration who ended up in handcuffs. Lhota was a deputy mayor under Giuliani.
"He thought he was a successful mayor when he was mayor. We all know that not to be true then, and we know it not to be true now," Lhota said.
Lhota didn't stop there. He went after de Blasio for his support of the Atlantic Yards project. Standing in the shadow the Barclays Center, Lhota accused de Blasio of not doing enough to push the developer to speed up the construction of affordable housing.
"You don't look the other way, zip your mouth silent just because the developer is a campaign contributor," Lhota said.
"The site is absolutely one of the best in this city to create a large amount of affordable housing on. It needs to happen, and on my watch, it will happen," de Blasio said.
It's unclear if any of these exchanges will dent de Blasio's commanding lead over Lhota in the polls. The latest New York Times/Siena College poll had de Blasio leading by 45 points.
"I feel blessed every day," de Blasio said. "I really do."