Gotham Gazette

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Democratic nominee Bill de Blasio and GOP candidate Joe Lhota will meet tonight for their first mayoral debate of the general election. Two more will follow. Both candidates expressed their happiness yesterday about celebrating Columbus Day as a way to honor Italian-Americans. But while de Blasio expressed misgivings about Columbus, Lhota called debate on the subject a waste of time. De Blasio also said that if elected, he would immediately review all decisions Mayor Bloomberg makes in his last months in office. Former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión will not be in any of three debates.
Keeping It Running: The city’s mass transit is groaning under the weight of age and use. Yet if the city and state fail to maintain or expand mass transit, there is a possibility that the entire mess of it all could choke on its own congestion. Figuring out where new transit money might come from is perhaps one of the biggest challenges facing policymakers—and the next mayor—in the years ahead. By Cody Lyon. READ MORE

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