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The Call Blog: Candidates Switch Into High Gear As Primary Day Looms

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In just two weeks, voters will have to head to the polls to vote in the primary and judging from a lot of New Yorkers' reactions, they are not ready. While our viewers are clearly an exception, it seems a lot of residents are so uninformed on the issues that some of them don't even know who's running! That's disappointing to hear and I would direct voters to take the time to do the research - these elections are too important not to.



With exactly two weeks left till Primary Day, the Democratic candidates for mayor are switching into high gear to try and step away from the pack. Former City Comptroller Bill Thompson spent the day campaigning in Brooklyn, meeting with voters at subway stops and community centers. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is hoping some star power will make the difference, stumping with Howard Dean today and releasing a new, star-studded online ad featuring Cynthia Nixon, Harry Belafonte and Steve Buscemi, among others. Meanwhile, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former Congressman Anthony Weiner released their education plans for the City, if they are elected Mayor.

It comes after months of stumping and back and forth on the campaign trail, which has found different candidates as the front runner at different points in the race. Currently, Bill de Blasio has been leading in the polls or tied with former front runner Christine Quinn. Anthony Weiner has also been at the top of the pack before new revelations of online sex conversations dropped him down to fourth place.

With two weeks to go, which candidates do you think have the best chance of making a runoff on September 10th? Do you think ads featuring celebrities help sway voters opinions? Are you surprised at this point in the race, many New Yorkers aren’t yet familiar with the mayoral candidates? What do you think the candidates need to do to set themselves apart?

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MY SON IS A POLICE OFICER AND QUINN IS MAKING DANGEROUS FOR POLICE AND CITIZENS I AM A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT AND WILL HAVE TO VOTE FOR LAHOTA I LIVE IN QUEENS .

EUGENE
QUEENS N.Y.



My Vote is for Ms Quinn i know she would have a awesome education plan after learning from Bloomberg's mistakes Ms Quinn have morals and she have compassion for everyone no matter what your ethnicity is i hope she have a runoff with Thompson i would never vote for Diblasio i dont like the comment his wife made about family and kids some people cant have kids due to a medical condition my doctor said i can have kids but there's a possibility the baby would come out deformed i had 2 operations on my face at NYU medical center a long time ago and i wouldn't want the baby going thru that

Herman
Upper West Side



I think it will be de Blasio and Quinn in the runoff, and I'm hoping de Blasio will end up with the nomination, he has fresh ideas on solving the plight of the middle class and working poor that are different from the Quinn-Bloomberg years.

Felix
Bay Ridge



They all stink, the worst group of wastrels ever in NYC politics. I will hold my nose and pull the lever of the one that stinks the least.

Joe
Port Richmond



Well I have no idea just why they need outside help especially when
these so called entertainers have never been a part of our life in
New York other than to use a venue to perform in and that doesn’t
help us at all. They get paid and I might ad very handsomely.
This De Blasio has not done anything except as usual he speaks
when he’s running for one office or another.
I think Bill Thompson should really concentrate from now on about the
important matters and what’s been ignored previously then you
make it your business to stick with the issues and not get side tracked which
is what they want. They have been around for to many years and
to show an interest now well they are not fooling anyone.
Good Luck.

Maxxiee
Morris Park



I think Quinn has an edge because of Bloomberg's backing, but she is not the best one for the position. De Blasio has my vote for coming to the aid of the hospitals which are on the verge of closing. Quinn has shown nothing the past twelve years and continues to be unimpressive, a panderer so to speak.

Roscoe
Park Hill



not any of these candidates deserve my vote, there are significant eyesores in my face that are not being resolved, ex: Red Light Cameras, Street Vendors & Outdoor Advertising..

Michael
NYC



Among many other reasons I am for de Blasio but frankly would vote for Anyone But Quinn is our disease-ridden animal shelter system. Quinn made a deal with Bloomberg to do away with mandated shelters in the Bronx and Queens. How UNCARING is that! It is indicative of her not caring for people, too. de Blasio has a heart.

Teresa
Upper East Side



I'm voting for Di Blasio, to me, he seems like the best choice for New York City, I do not trust Quinn at all.

Carmen
Bay Ridge



I'll vote for Bill Thompson. Why? Because NYC needs a real pro-education Mayor. Therefore, Mr Thompson have mi vote.

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer is the most relevant manager we can have. So, he have my vote.

Gotbaum, a long-time schools advocate and father of three, sold himself as the education candidate, arguing that the city needs a stronger voice to represent public school parents.

"The problem is we have not had an education advocate," he told an audience at the Greater Astoria Historical Society. “What we need today is [an] independent public advocate to stand up, to call out the mayor, to call out the speaker when it needs to be done.”

David



At this point we all know that Ms. Quinn will be in the runoff on Sept. 10th. What I do not understand is Bill Thompson's approach -- why he is so combative with Bill de Blasio and not with Ms. Quinn? Both Ms. Quinn and de Blasio are neck in neck so why does Bill Thompson insist on knocking de Blasio down over and over again and not taking any solid knocks at Christine Quinn? Is Bill Thompson seeking a job with Ms. Quinn in her possible new administration? And what's up with Howard Wolfson -- why is he getting involved by throwing punches at de Blasio? I guess he must be looking to keep his job as Deputy Mayor in City Hall with Ms. Quinn? Well we all knew it would not take too long for Mayor Bloomberg or his cronies to get involved with this race by slinging mud at Ms. Quinn's rivals. After all Ms. Quinn was always Mayor Bloomberg's choice as his successor -- that we all know and is no surprise!

My statement is to Bill Thompson: Bill de Blasio is not your only competitor. Get a clue!!

Lisa
Upper East Side



After watching that circus of debate...how do I vote for Bloomberg?

Patrick
Astoria



Voting for Bill de Blasio. ANYBODY BUT QUINN!!! She and Bloombucks have turned this city into a city of the rich and the poor. The middle-class doesn't exist anymore thanks to those clowns. The rich prosper and the poor suffer more each day. Seeing all the wrong beset upon us because of these two, it totally convinces me that the New York newspapers have sold their collective souls to Mike Bloombucks. Shame on ALL of them!

Norm
Upper East Side



I'm voting for Christine for three reasons ... She is the most qualified for the job... She has been endorsed by all the major newspapers and she is a woman and its about time we have a woman as our Mayor.

Lyla
Park Slope



I am voting for Anthony weiner, because he-after all his troubles will be eager to prove himself

worthy to serve the people of New York-He has something to prove.

On the other hand, Christine Quinn, I will not vote for, because She is a coat-tail rider, and her moral compass is broken. What is she doing about, Interfaith Hospital?



1. Anthony Weiner for Mayor who always responds to his constituents.

2. Gale Brewer for Manhattan Borough President (anybody but Lappin)

3. Letitia James for Public Advocate (the other candidates are a joke)

4. Eliot Spitzer for Comptroller (he's much smarter than Stringer)

Kate
Midtown East



For all the reasons given tonite on your show, plus Dante! I'm also with the "Anybody But Quinn" group in their take on the speaker -- she's my last choice.

For NYC Comptroller -- the City's Chief Financial Officer -- Eliot Spitzer -- no contest.

Gretchen
Upper West Side



NY1 reported a story today on School Yard Trailers..10 years in NYC. Why hasn't this been addressed by the administration? Why hasn't this been revealed to the public before now? What I see from Bloomberg over this last term has been rezoning, not to build schools. But more office space and luxury buildings. He should be ashamed. Recently NY1 reported shocking English and Math scores in NYC school children. Today trailer classrooms that are molding and falling apart. Who has been in charge? Where are the employees who will occupy these commercial buildings come from if we don't fix the education system in this city?

Is there a candidate who will step up to the plate?

Donna



I will vote for Sal Albanese, he is the only candidate who I trust. As far as Queens Borough President I do not trust either Melinda Katz or Peter Vallone Jr. I live near Forest Hills and have been snubbed by both of them on the street, as I have also been snubbed by Anthony Weiner (who didn't register his car)

John
Kew Gardens



AFTER 12 YEARS OF BLOOMBERG WHY ARE NEW YORKERS NOT SURE WHO THEY GONNA VOTE FOR. I'M VOTING FOR THOMPSON IF HE DOESN'T RECEIVE THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION. I WILL STAND BEHIND THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE WHOEVER IT IS.

PEDRO
BRONX



He started the Chancellor's District which encompassed all failing schools in all of NYC. He paid expert teachers extra money to work in these schools. He infused these schools with money for programs and training for these teachers by experts from the companies that the programs were purchased from. These schools turned around. When Bloomberg came into office he abolished the Chancellor's District and these schools slowly began to fail again.



Anthony Weiner is my clear choice in this mayoral race. His command of the issues, his passion, pragmatism and progressive vision for New York City.

George
Corona



My problem with Christine Quinn is that she was instrumental in overturning term limits. I could not vote for her. Anyone but Quinn

Michele
Astoria

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