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Day On Mayoral Campaign Trail Features Endorsements, Policy Proposals

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The Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decisions are in, and for some mayoral candidates, they represent a new opportunity to woo voters. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report on a day of campaigning that included new endorsements, policy proposals and shots fired at political rivals.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is trying to capitalize on the Supreme Court's historic decision for same-sex married couples. Edith Windsor, the plaintiff who successfully challenged the Defense of Marriage Act, is endorsing her campaign.

"I want to tell you about another battle that is very important to me, and that's getting Christine Quinn elected the next mayor of New York City," Windsor says in a TV ad supporting Quinn.

Quinn also picked up the backing of the Hotel Trades Council, which is considered one of the most powerful unions in the city.

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner did his best to build on the momentum from the Supreme Court decision. He is calling for an end to the Food and Drug Administration rule that bars gay men from donating blood.

"Every blood donation can save up to three lives, is what the American Red Cross reports," Weiner said. "And if only 5 percent of gay men donated, that means you can save 40,000 lives."

William Thompson, meanwhile, announced a plan to build 70,000 new affordable apartments. He said he will preserve 50,000 units already set aside for lower-income New Yorkers.

"Our city cannot thrive by only meeting the needs of the very wealthy," Thompson said. "We've got to create a city for all New Yorkers."

Bill de Blasio displayed the most aggression on the campaign trail, going after his rivals for not supporting both City Council bills to further regulate the New York City Police Department. He saved his toughest words for Quinn.

"The fact that she still clings to the notion that she could have Ray Kelly as her police commissioner and somehow improve police-community relations and reduce the overuse of stop-and-frisk is a fiction," de Blasio said.

The mayor's race is certainly gaining steam in New York City, but talk of the contest reached Washington as well Thursday, as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was asked a question by NY1 about Weiner's record in Congress. She did not want to talk about it.

"I have enough to do here not to get involved in the mayor's race in New York," she said.

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