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Mayoral, Council Candidates Talk Stop and Frisk, Education at Bay Terrace Forum

The Bay Terrace Community Alliance held a forum Tuesday night that drew six City Council contenders, eight mayoral candidates, four public advocate competitors, a comptroller candidate and an unexpected stand-up comedy routine.

Five Democrats – Paul Graziano, Paul Vallone, Chrissy Voskerichian, Austin Shafran and John Duane – and one Republican – Dennis Saffran – competing for Councilman Dan Halloran’s seat spoke to the standing room-only crowd on everything from the long-awaited comfort station at Little Bay Park to the NYPD’s stop and frisk tactics. Mayoral candidates Christine Quinn, Anthony Weiner, Joe Lhota, Sal Albanese, John Liu, George McDonald, Erick Salgado and Randy Credico took questions from the civic’s panel on a number of topics, including education and parks.

Public advocate contenders Reshma Saujani, Letitia James, Cathy Guerriero and Daniel Squadron all gave spirited performances, while Scott Stringer was the only city comptroller candidate to speak during the event.

Candidates who were absent from the forum included mayoral contenders Bill de Blasio, Bill Thompson and John Catsimatidis as well as Eliot Spitzer, who is running for comptroller.

The biggest surprise of the evening was mayoral candidate Randy Credico, a political satirist who used his time at the podium to do a stand-up routine, delivering impersonations of Richard Nixon, Ted Kennedy, Rudy Giuliani, Michael Bloomberg, Ronald Reagan and Jack Nicholson to applause.

“I think anyone on this panel would be an improvement over the last 12 years,” he said.

See full article at Bayside-Douglaston Patch.