New Yorkers are heading to the polls Tuesday to decide who will be their next mayor.
Incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio easily beat a number of candidates vying to unseat him in the Democratic primary in September. But de Blasio isn’t without competition, even with a landslide primary win.
Republican challenger New York Assemb. Nicole Malliotakis has come out swinging against de Blasio, taking him to task on everything from reports that he takes naps in his office to his campaign practices in the 2013 mayoral race. Independent Richard ‘Bo’ Dietl, a former NYPD detective, has painted de Blasio as a corrupt politician who hands out favors to campaign donors.
The three candidates battled it out in the final general election debate on Wednesday, with plenty of jabs over policy to go around.
Mike Tolkin and Sal Albanese, who ran against the mayor in the primary and were not invited to the debate, will challenge him again under the Smart Cities and Reform parties, respectively.
Despite his rivals’ criticisms, de Blasio won over 61 percent of likely voters in a Quinnipiac University Poll released in October. Malliotakis had 17 percent of the voters polled, while 6 percent said they would vote for Dietl and 8 percent were for Albanese. Tolkin was not included in the poll.
Get to know more about the mayoral hopefuls and where they stand on key issues.