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De Blasio Outlines Platform On Five Borough Tour

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Bill de Blasio is in full campaign mode, traveling to all five boroughs to promote his candidacy for mayor. But he won't be the newest candidate in the race for long as Republican billionaire John Catsimatidis is going to make his run official Tuesday. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.

Another week, another candidate kicks off a campaign for City Hall.

"We need a city government that cares about all five boroughs and cares about our neighborhoods," De Blasio said.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is the latest entry into the race for mayor. He won citywide office in 2009, but he is still not that well known to many New Yorkers.

So he spent his first full day as a candidate criss-crossing the city. He made stops in all five boroughs introducing himself to New Yorkers and talking about some of the core issues of his campaign.

"Small businesses are hurting because of policies of this mayor," said De Blasio. "We have no paid sick days for over a million New Yorkers, working people, middle class people in neighborhoods like this."

But the day was not without its political shots. A likely rival to de Blasio took aim at one of the central themes of his campaign: That New York is a tale of two cities with the "haves" and the "have nots."

"We got problems, no question about it. And those problems need solutions, deep broad solutions. But we will find those solutions by New Yorkers coming together, united. Not thinking that one set of New Yorkers is against another set of New Yorkers," said City Council speaker and likely mayoral candidate Christine Quinn.

"I see New York as a place where a lot of middle class and working class people are struggling, where it's hard to make ends meet. And people feel for good reason that City Hall isn't responding to their needs and isn't listening to them," De Blasio said.

It is a debate sure to grow in the coming months, especially once City Council Speaker Christine Quinn officially joins the Democratic field.

As for the Republican field, it too is about to grow.

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