Protecting his lead in the polls, Bill de Blasio continued to keep a low public profile Friday, appearing only for a handful of prearranged interviews and drawing criticism from his opponent in the process, but de Blasio is still busy raising money. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.
Republican Joseph Lhota had the campaign trail all to himself Friday. With Democrat Bill Blasio continuing to lay low, Lhota was on Staten Island pushing a plan to open the roads running through Fresh Kills Park - formerly Fresh Kills Landfill - to alleviate traffic.
He also took a swipe at his opponent for not being more visible, particularly in this borough.
"Every day is a turning point, every day that Bill de Blasio doesn't come out, every day that Bill de Blasio doesn't come to Staten Island," Lhota said. "I've been to Staten Island now, this is my eighth time since the primary's over. He's been here once."
De Blasio, the overwhelming favorite, has been keeping public appearances to a minimum since the primary, a pattern likely reinforced by Thursday's poll, which showed him up 44 points.
De Blasio did do a handful of media appearances Friday, including a radio interview with Norman Seabrook, head of the correction officers' union, in which he accepted the union's endorsement. He also made an appearance on the new MSNBC show "Up Late with Alec Baldwin."
His wife, Chirlane, was the featured speaker at a Brooklyn fundraiser Friday, though she didn't speak to reporters. It was hosted by his LGBT supporters, who said de Blasio was an easy choice, even though Lhota, too, supports same-sex marriage.
"I'm not saying that Joe Lhota is wrong, but I think that Bill de Blasio understands the wide breadth of all of our issues," said Matthew McMorrow of the Lambda Independent Democrats.
The two candidates square off in their first debate next Tuesday.