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Quinn, De Blasio Continue To Attack Each Other

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With primary day rapidly approaching, the candidates for mayor are ramping up their attacks, with two leading Democrats, in particular, seeming increasingly eager to muddy each other. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.

Christine Quinn was at City Hall Friday, surrounded by schoolkids, to talk about putting school discipline more in the hands of principals and less in the hands of law enforcement. But she also went out of her way to attack Bill de Blasio's time on a Brooklyn school board.

"If you talk to parents in that area, they'll tell you he was only concerned about his next career move and had no concern for the problems in his school district," Quinn said.

The sniping between Quinn and de Blasio is so routine now, it's become repetitive.

"This is just another example of the public advocate talking out of both sides of his mouth," Quinn said.

"Speaker Quinn can talk out of both sides of her mouth all she wants," Quinn said.

On Friday, de Blasio was knocking Quinn for stalling and watering down the paid sick leave bill.

"For three years, Speaker Quinn would not allow a vote," de Blasio said. "The bill she finally did pass left out over 300,000 New Yorkers."

"We got the bill passed. We got the law done. There's no reason for him to be criticizing," Quinn said.

De Blasio was at Bellevue Hospital Friday to accept the endorsement of the New York State Nurses Association, which cited, among other things, his recent high-profile effort to fight the closure of two hospitals in Brooklyn.

He also unveiled a plan for all New Yorkers to receive 12 weeks paid leave when a child is born or a family member is seriously ill. Quinn knocked the plan, noting it would require Albany's approval.

William Thompson, meanwhile, was stumping for votes with Assemblyman Dov Hikind while continuing to pressure de Blasio to drop a TV ad, in which de Blasio claims to be the only candidate who would end racial profiling, which his opponents say is plainly untrue.

Republican John Catsimatidis, meanwhile, takes aim at opponent Joseph Lhota in new TV ads.

"As MTA Chairman, Joe Lhota raised subway fares and bridge tolls. John Catsimatidis will never do that," Catsimatidis' ad says.

With two-and-a-half weeks until primary day, expect the race to only get muddier. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP