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Lhota, De Blasio Stump For Votes On Columbus Day Weekend

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It's Columbus Day weekend, and the candidates for mayor were out stumping Saturday, less than a month before voters head to the polls.

Republican candidate for mayor Joseph Lhota was out at a shopping center next to Co-op City talking to New Yorkers about his plans for the five boroughs.

He specifically emphasized a proposal to add a Metro-North train stop in Co-op City that he says would transport New Yorkers from that neighborhood directly into Midtown Manhattan.

He said the plan will help them get jobs, as well as travel to their jobs quickly and efficiently.

Lhota also spent time attacking his Democratic rival in the race, Bill de Blasio.

Lhota knocked de Blasio for maintaining a light campaign schedule, saying that de Blasio needs to be out talking to voters more directly.

"People of New York deserve to see their candidates out there talking to them, talking about what my vision is, what his vision is," Lhota said. "That's what the campaigns are about. It's not about sitting back and occasionally issuing a press statement or a quote."

De Blasio was not entirely missing from the campaign trail Saturday. He attended a Columbus Day parade in Bensonhurst, which gave him an opportunity to showcase his Italian roots.

He also found himself on the defensive, as he had to respond to another attack by Lhota, who issued a release that accused de Blasio of calling police officers who engage in stop-and-frisk "lazy."

"My opponent keeps going further and further afield and distorting the truth more and more," he said. "I don't know if you ever watched the interview. You look at the interview, we were talking about the difference between a policy, a policy that protects constitutional rights while keeping us safe versus a policy that doesn't protect constitutional rights."

Lhota was referring to an interview that de Blasio did with Alec Baldwin on Baldwin's new MSNBC show.

Baldwin: And stop-and-frisk, to me, seems lazy.
de Blasio: I really appreciate that analysis, because it's a very tough city, and it's a tough city to police. That being said, the Constitution laid out a tough mission.

As for de Blasio's campaign schedule, he said he has spent the last 12 years as a public official talking to New Yorkers all over the city, and he plans to continue doing so.

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