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Today’s Lead: The Final Debate


In last night's final mayoral debate between Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota, neither candidate landed a knockout blow. Instead, the candidates rehashed the positions they have sparred over during the campaign. Lhota, the underdog, did try a new tactic in his attacks on de Blasio. Instead of focusing on crime, Lhota tried to discredit de Blasio's management skills. The debate followed yet another poll that showed de Blasio leading with a commanding 39 percent. Both men will now focus on turning out voters on Nov. 5th. 

The Guide For The Last-Minute Voter General Election 2013: Your vote will help determine the shape of city government for the next four years. Here's our guide to the candidates, issues and races you need to know about before you head to the polls next Tuesday, Nov. 5. READ MORE

Find out more about the historic 2013 election at GothamVotes.

Today's Agenda: A "diverse coalition," including state Sens. Liz Krueger and Kevin Parker, speaks out against the casino ballot proposal, noon, City Hall steps. NY Jobs Now will hold a pro-casino rally featuring State Democratic Party Chair Keith Wright and United Federation of Teachers head Michael Mulgrew at The United Federation of Teachers headquarters, noon, 52 Broadway, 2nd floor.  

Other Stories We're Following

Albany Democrats War Over Cuomo’s Anti-Corruption Panel (Daily News)

Coney Island Nursing Home Increases Protections For Future Storms (NY 1)

Lhota as Manager Made Swift Decisions, Put in Long Weeks (NY Times)

On Council, de Blasio Blended Idealism With Push For Power (NY Times)

City to Boost Purchase Age For Tobacco (Wall Street Journal)

Marathon Evolves In Era of Tighter Security (Wall Street Journal)

Atlantic Yards Builder Sues City Over Taxes (DNAinfo)

JCOPE Vote Splits Commission (Albany Times Union)

Working Families Party Asks Voters to Reject One of Its Own (Capital)

Sandy Recovery Gap Yawns (Crain's)

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