Thompson and de Blasio the wisdom of hiring more police officers

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There's a nice, clear policy difference between two of the Democratic mayoral candidates, as David Seifman reports: New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson wants to hire more police officers, and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio says the city can't afford it.

De Blasio said Thompson should be forced to explain how he'd pay for hiring the new cops, and Thompson shot back, "I’ll take fiscal advice from Bill de Blasio right after I take term-limit advice from Chris Quinn."

Which may be the most campaign-like exchange between any of the candidates so far. (De Blasio earlier accused Thompson, though not by name, of practicing a "politics of the moment" and appearing at events only during election years.)

Here's a clip of Thompson and de Blasio speaking at a mayoral candidate's forum in Washington Heights last week,  where the latest fight began.

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