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Mayoral Hopefuls to Square Off in Second Forum Uptown

By Nigel Chiwaya | March 6, 2013 4:15pm
 All of the Democratic candidates have confirmed attendance to the Mar. 21 forum.
All of the Democratic candidates have confirmed attendance to the Mar. 21 forum.
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WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Several mayoral candidates vying for City Hall will trek uptown for the second time this year to participate in a forum to discuss paid sick-leave, affordable housing and issues of inequality.

The forum, scheduled for March 21 at Isabella Geriatric Center at 515 Audubon Ave., will be hosted by Dominican Women's Coalition, said forum organizer Sonia Dueno.

So far, the following candidates have confirmed: City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu, former Comptroller Bill Thompson and former Councilman Sal Albanese.

Organizers are still in discussions with Independent and Republican candidates, including former MTA head Joe Lhota, publisher Tom Allon, former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr., supermarket head John Catsimatidis and Doe Fund Founder George McDonald.

The forum will be the second chance for uptown residents to see the mayoral candidates up close and personal.

In January, the Democratic hopefuls met at a forum at the Betty Shabazz Educational Center. That forum drew attention when City Councilman Robert Jackson began yelling at Thompson from the front row during Thompson's introduction. 

Earlier this month, Quinn visited Washington Heights to join local officials to put pressure on a landlord who had left his tenants in the dark after he stopped paying his electric bill.

The forum will begin at 6 p.m.