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Mayor's Race Sees Discussions On Trayvon Martin Case, Public Safety Resources

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The Trayvon Martin case, senior citizens and attacks over public safety resources all dominated the race for mayor Friday. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.

The country is talking about President Barack Obama's

"I'm a black man," Thompson said. "And in some ways, as the president pointed out, that could have been him. That could have been me."

The remark came on a relatively quiet day on the campaign trail. Only Public Advocate Bill de Blasio could chalk up a clear win. He convinced a judge to issue a temporary restraining order keeping Long Island College Hospital in Cobble Hill open, at least for now.

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner courted Latino voters at a senior center in Williamsburg. He passed out cookies. It was an effort, perhaps, to get the crowd sweet on him.

Not sweet on him is his rival in the race, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

"I can go on and on about legislation, but Anthony really can't," Quinn said on MSNBC's "NOW with Alex Wagner."

During his 12 years in Congress, Weiner was the lead sponsor on only one bill that became law.

Quinn, meanwhile, pushed back against ads a police union took out in two newspapers, criticizing her decision to call the fire commissioner and police commissioner earlier this week to try and get an ambulance for an intern who fainted.

"You bet your bottom dollar anytime I see a New Yorker lying on the street who's in need of help, I'm going to use every resource I can to get that person the kind of help they need," she said.

The union suggested that Quinn could get the extra ambulances she wants with money to fund an inspector general for the police department.

Quinn dismissed the ad as political.

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