NYC’s race for mayor heats up

ASTORIA, QUEENS (PIX11) – With a little more than two months left until the New York primaries, mayoral heavyweights blanketed the boroughs this weekend.

Current City Council Speaker Christine Quinn spoke to voters at the North Shore Towers in Queens.

While former MTA Chair and Republican candidate Joe Lhota held a press conference on the Brighton Beach Boardwalk.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio held a meet and greet outside Prospect Park.

de Blasio says from now until the September 10th primary he expects long days filled with campaigning.

“There’s going to be a lot of 15 and 18 hour days and I think the fact is this is how you win,” he said.

Some of the candidates say making public appearances and actually shaking hands is the best way to connect with voters.

But for those who’ve spent more time in front of the cameras, like Anthony Weiner, face to face meetings are a chance to push their platforms directly to voters.

“It’s something, particularly in communities like this, that are the same type of middle class aspirational communities that I’m fighting for in this campaign,” Weiner said.

Voters in Astoria say as the election grows closer, they expect to see more candidates at events like this one. But ultimately they say shaking a candidates hand isn’t going to make or break their vote for mayor.

“I think what’s most important is what they believe and what they say,” resident Uwvie Obodo said.

And of course, that they follow through on both.