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Lhota Makes Five Campaign Stops In Three Boroughs

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The last Saturday before election day had Joseph Lhota trying to overcome a big deficit in poll numbers with a lot of campaign stops: five stops in five hours across three boroughs. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.

Saturday began on the Upper East Side for Joseph Lhota, where people oppose a garbage transfer station.

Lhota shares their view, unlike his opponent, Bill de Blasio. He swears that a supporter in City Hall isn't a lost cause.

"This marine transfer station was closed in 1999," Lhota said. "It will never, ever open up again."

Next, it was off to Staten Island for a closed-door visit to a synagogue, followed by a supermarket meet-and-greet.

Any realistic path for a Lhota win involves turning out votes on Staten Island, and Saturday marked the second time in two days that he'd been there. A Lhota loss on Staten Island could have lasting effects for city Republicans, who count Staten Island as their strongest base of support in the city.

"Staten Island has elected the last two mayors," said Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro. "Elected Bloomberg, and they elected Giuliani."

Some don't like de Blasio here. They have opinions why he's polled to win.

"He covers every group," said one person. "He covers the gay and lesbian, he covers the African-American, he has a blended family, and he has a schtick. I mean, to get elected mayor, you have to have a schtick?"

Switching boroughs, Lhota found a slice of pizza he vowed he wouldn't let himself eat and a chaser of cookies.

Observers wouldn't exactly call Lhota a natural on the stump. There's no running after every hand. He said he still likes retail politics.

"I prefer walking through the neighborhoods, talking to the people instead of these long, organized rallies," he said.

Mid-afternoon, he's south of the Belt Parkway. City Councilman Eric Ulrich is late. The nominee cools his heels for a spell.

A few minutes later, they go door to door near Aqueduct Racetrack. Some doors open. Another doesn't.

If Lhota has doubts about Tuesday, he isn't sharing.

"I'm moving forward because I'm optimistic," he said. "The more people I meet, the better off it is."

He does find a vote in Eppie Manacia, but Manacia he knows it doesn't look good. He has a plan B.

"When I go to Mass tomorrow, I'm going to say a special prayer for Joe, light a candle in his honor, and hope that the good Lord just looks down on him Tuesday, and we hear some good news about it," Manacia said. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP