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Democratic Mayoral Candidates Tout Policies, Republicans Go On The Attack

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It was a busy day on the campaign trail Wednesday, with the candidates focused on issues ranging from immigration to Obamacare, while one candidate launched an attack on a former mayor for his incompetence. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.

For the Democrats, it was a day heavy on substance and light on personal attacks. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced funding for adult education for immigrants, allowing them to apply for legal status.

"If they so choose, they will be able to get enrolled in the educational classes they need to get deferred action, to stay in this city," Quinn said.

Anthony Weiner was touting his health care plan on the heels of news that Obamacare is helping drive down insurance premiums here in New York.

"After the Affordable Care Act goes into place, we will go from having roughly 1.4 million uninsured New Yorkers to hopefully about 508,000," Weiner said.

Meanwhile, Democrat William Thompson announced plans to end excessive fines by the city against small businesses, making his announcement outside a restaurant in Queens that said it was fined $60,000 for improperly hanging a banner outside.

Thompson, who also picked up the endorsement of Queens state Senator Jose Peralta, said he'd make administrative judges more independent.

"New York City needs to back off, stop with the quotas, have administrative law judges who can make honest decisions," Thompson said.

It was instead the Republicans with their claws out Wednesday. Joseph Lhota, who served as deputy mayor under Mayor Giuliani, blasted Mayor David Dinkins, whose new autobiography is generating headlines. In it, he reiterates his belief that racism was behind his loss to Giuliani in 1993.

"David Dinkins is wrong to claim that is why he lost his re-election," Lhota responded in a statement. "Both Democrats and Republicans voted him out of office because he was incapable of governing the city."

George McDonald, meanwhile, released his 2012 tax returns, showing he made about $850,000 and paid about 36 percent in combined taxes. He challenged rival John Catsimatidis, a self-funding billionaire, to release his returns. A spokesman said they will be released at the appropriate time. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP