Gotham Gazette

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Crime in the city is shaping up to be central to the mayoral debate again tonight. GOP candidate Joe Lhota recently released an ad calling Democrat Bill de Blasio's stance on crime a reckless one, but the numbers used in part of it were misleading. He also implicated de Blasio in failing to communicate the extent of the 1991 Crown Heights riots to then-Mayor Dinkins. De Blasio countered that he "did not participate directly" in events during the riots. A new poll found that most voters are more concerned with crime than reforming the city's stop-and-frisk policy, but a majority also said it could be done without increasing crime.

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