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De Blasio Plays Defense in Debate Against Long-Shot Candidate Albanese

NEW YORK CITY — In his first primary debate of the season, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday fought back against jabs from Democratic challenger Sal Albanese, who charged the incumbent has failed to lead the city out of crises surrounding transportation, homelessness and affordable housing.
The mayor also came under fire for taking contributions from real estate developers and for a pair of corruption probes that ended with no charges filed.
The two battled over their vision of New York City, agreeing on a need for affordable housing and transit fixes, but offering varying opinions on how to go about it.
De Blasio — who is favored to win the the Sept. 12 Democratic Primary, as well as the Nov. 7 general election — opened the debate at Symphony Space on the Upper West Side by touting his first-term record.
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