Democrat Bill de Blasio kept up his talk about income inequality Thursday in the face of a second poll on the mayor's race that showed him with a sizable lead over Republican opponent Joseph Lhota. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
Bill de Blasio's significant lead over his Republican opponent is still intact. A new Quinnipiac University poll shows him beating Joseph Lhota 66 percent to 25 percent among likely voters. His 41-point lead is only slightly smaller than the one he had in a poll earlier this week.
De Blasio beats Lhota among white voters, black voters, Hispanic voters, and among men and women, and his call for a tax hike on rich New Yorkers to pay for pre-kindergarten does not seem to be hurting him with the wealthy, as he has twice as much support as Lhota from the city's biggest earners.
"If the public polls say anything, I think it's clear that people are listening to the message I'm putting out there," de Blasio said.
The poll comes as new census numbers are backing up de Blasio's campaign message. Census data shows that the number of city residents living below the poverty line is on the rise.
"It's very bad news, and unfortunately, it is very consistent with what I've been talking about these last months," de Blasio said.
In the morning, De Blasio spoke at a breakfast for labor leaders in Harlem.
"We will use every tool we have to address inequality in this city," de Blasio said.
In the evening, he was in the Bronx to pick up the endorsement of the County Democratic Party.
"The road to City Hall runs through the Bronx," de Blasio said.
"We are proud," said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. "We will go with all of our energy, with all of our unity, with all of our vigor."
De Blasio may be running against Lhota, but much of his campaign fire is directed at Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In a radio interview, he said he would replace the mayor's taxi commissioner.
"I'd start by getting a new chairman for the Taxi and Limousine Commission," de Blasio said in the interview, which aired on WWRL-AM. "The guy who is there now, David Yassky, is someone who I have regularly disagreed with, and I want someone who will work with the drivers."
De Blasio has fought the mayor's plan to expand taxi service beyond Manhattan, so it is no surprise that he would want to install his own commissioner if he were elected mayor.