NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Several of the Democratic mayoral candidates took swipes at soon-to-retire Mayor Michael Bloomberg during a debate Tuesday, particularly on his election to an unprecedented third term and the issue of unionized city workers who have been without contracts.
Candidates Christine Quinn, Anthony Weiner, Bill Thompson, John Liu, and Bill de Blasio gathered for the debate on Tuesday night.
The debate came as a new Quinnipiac University poll placed de Blasio as the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, surging past former leader Quinn.
In blasting Bloomberg for circumventing the term limits law to run successfully for a third term four years ago, de Blasio accused fellow candidate Quinn of complicity in the move.
“Speaker Quinn gave Mayor Bloomberg a third term in a backroom deal that defied the Democratic will of the people. What did we get? A massive increase in the use of stop and frisk, huge fines – unfair fines – on small business, and the inequalities gripping our city was ignored by the mayor,” de Blasio said. “That’s what we got in the third term, and the people’s will was ignored, and that’s the worst thing about it.”
As CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported, it was one of many heated exchanges between Quinn and de Blasio. De Blasio also accused Quinn of “deliver(ing) for the big business community by holding up the paid sick leave bill legislation,” and “for the real estate industry by offering them a $1 billion tax giveaway.”