Polls Open Tuesday At 6 A.M. For GOP, Democratic Primaries

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)Democratic mayoral candidate Christine Quinn picked up some star power Sunday as the primary race enters the final push.

As WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported, stars like Lorraine Bracco joined a rally on the Upper West Side to support of the only woman candidate in the mayoral race.

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“She will bring the vision and the drive that makes us the greatest city in the world for decades to come,” Bracco told supporters.

Quinn and her wife were greeted by about 100 supporters from groups such as NOW-NYC and Planned Parenthood at the rally on Broadway. Rep. Carolyn Maloney also spoke to Quinn supporters.

Quinn said it’s time a woman breaks the glass ceiling in New York City politics.

“We might think that this campaign is hard, but think back to the women who won us our right to vote. Nothing compares to what they went through,” Quinn said to cheers. “Nobody has ever handed women anything in this town.”

Quinn Protesters

Protesters attend a mayoral campaign event for Christine Quinn. (Credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

But not all women are fans of the city council speaker.

“She’s corrupt, she’s a liar, she’s a bully,” said Natasha Brenner, 91, with the group Anybody But Quinn.

A number of recent polls have shown public advocate Bill de Blasio in the lead for the Democratic nomination.

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At a rally at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Sunday, de Blasio had some star power of his own. Actresses Marisa Tomei and Cynthia Nixon and singer Harry Belafonte joined the candidate in firing up supporters ahead of primary day.

“We have to go to people with passion and urgency and tell them that their vote will change this city. And their failure to vote could keep this city just the way it is,” de Blasio said.

The Democratic front-runner hammered home his platform to tax the rich and end stop-and-frisk, Smith reported.

“We also have a common cause for a fairer city. Safety and fairness must go together,” said de Blasio.

The top two Republican challengers held their final debate earlier Sunday.

The polls for the primary open Tuesday at 6 a.m.

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