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Attacks Heat Up In NYC Mayoral Race As Primaries Close In

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With just three weeks before voters go to the polls to pick Democratic and Republican candidates for mayor, the men and women seeking the top jobs are throwing punches and launching broadsides as they jockey for the hearts and minds of the electorate. CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reports.

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- To campaign 2021 now the gloves are off with just three weeks before voters go to the polls to pick their candidate for mayor, the men and women seeking the top job are throwing punches.

- And CBS 2 political reporter Marcia Kramer, has the story.

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MARCIA KRAMER: Andrew Yang entered his Bensonhurst headquarters like a boxing heavyweight champ, entering the 12th and Final Round. Intent on taking out his two closest competitors, Eric Adams and Kathryn Garcia, by body-slamming them for their association with Bill de Blasio.

ANDREW YANG: Eric has Mayor de Blasio making calls on his behalf. Think about all of the favors that Eric had to trade to get to this point climbing, climbing the ladder over this last number of years, scheming about his run. Eric your moment has passed.

MARCIA KRAMER: Adams slugged back, attacking Yang's often rah-rah approach to running the city.

ERIC ADAMS: Why is he still in this race? It's a joke and it's not funny anymore. This is not a game. New York doesn't need a cheerleader, they need a leader.

MARCIA KRAMER: Yang also took a swipe at Garcia, who ran the Sanitation Department under de Blasio.

ANDREW YANG: Many New Yorkers want to turn the page from the de Blasio administration, and having someone who worked in his administration seven of the last eight years is not the kind of change that most New Yorkers are looking for right now.

MARCIA KRAMER: Garcia responded by playing up the management skills once so lauded by Yang. He said he'd hire her to run things if he got elected.

KATHRYN GARCIA: You know, I am not a politician. I'd say that he is actually a politician, and most of my competitors are politicians. I've been doing the work for the last 14 years.

MARCIA KRAMER: While crime and gun violence have played a big role in the race. Today the focus turned to the resurgence of squeegee man, the guys who offered to clean your windshields. Adams disclosing he had once been a squeegee man himself, at age 17.

ERIC ADAMS: I couldn't afford a squeegee. I had a dirty rag with some Windex that I watered down, so I can save up enough money to give my mother the money so we could have a meal to eat.

MARCIA KRAMER: Adam said he wouldn't seek police on the squeegees. He'd help them get jobs. Republican Curtis Sliwa we said he had a novel idea for ridding the city of squeegees.

CURTIS SLIWA: We're gonna sit down and negotiate a buy-back program to get the squeegees out of their hands.

MARCIA KRAMER: A spokesman for Sliwa Republican opponent, Fernando Mateo, called the idea "a stunt with no substance." I'm Marcia Kramer, CBS 2 News.

- It is getting hotter. Join Marcia and me, as we moderated debates with the leading contenders for New York City mayor in the Democratic Primary. You can watch it Thursday, June 10. That's next week, 7:00 PM right here on CBS 2.

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