NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The latest New York City mayoral debate was missing one thing — the race’s front-runner.
Democratic nominee Bill de Blasio sat out Wednesday’s debate. A recent poll says the current public advocate has a 50-point lead over his Republican rival, ex-Metropolitan Transit Authority boss Joe Lhota.
Lhota, a former deputy mayor under Rudy Giuliani, acknowledged the gap, but said in future debates New Yorkers can compare his vision for the city to de Blasio’s. De Blasio will appear in three debates beginning next Tuesday.