Muted campaigning ahead of Tuesday's runoff for citywide posts


City Councilman David Yassky, left, and Queens City Councilman John Liu, shake hands prior to their debate last week. (AP Photo)

Anemic turnout among Democrats today is expected to settle the races for comptroller and public advocate.

Polls for the runoff elections are open until 9 p.m., but turnout is likely to be even lighter than the primary.

City Councilman John Liu of Queens faces Councilman David Yassky of Brooklyn for the Democratic nomination for comptroller. For public advocate, Councilman Bill de Blasio of Brooklyn is running against Mark Green, who is trying to regain his old job. 

Candidates were hamstrung from serious campaigning yesterday by Yom Kippur.

“It's been a light schedule out of respect,” said Sharon Lee, a Liu spokeswoman.

Yassky spent the day at his Brooklyn Heights synagogue and started campaigning after sundown, his spokesman said. Green also refrained from daytime politicking.

Liu hit senior centers, along with subways stops in Brooklyn and Harlem, during seven campaign events yesterday.

De Blasio attended a union rally of retirees and met with voters in Staten Island and Chinatown.

 The Working Families Party endorsed de Blasio and Liu. A poll last week found Liu ahead of Yassky by six points, and Green and de Blasio tied. During the primaries, Liu and de Blasio had slight leads.

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