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Mayor Bloomberg touts Bob Cohen's 'integrity' in radio ad
Mayor Mike Bloomberg is going to bat for Republican Senate candidate Bob Cohen, who is running a neck-and-neck campaign against Democrat George Latimer for retiring Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer's seat.
Bloomberg, an Independent who supports many Republican candidates, has been featured in a 60-second radio ad for the better part of a week touting Cohen's "integrity and independence" and refuting "lies and eleventh hour attacks" against the New Rochelle real estate developer.
"There's a reason the same old politicians are attacking Bob Cohen, because he'll shake things up in Albany and they don't want that to happen," Bloomberg says.
Republicans have pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into the race in an effort to expand their majority in the state Senate, and Latimer has been hit with a barrage of attack ads and mailers from outside-party electioneering groups -- some from out of state -- blasting his record on issues such as property taxes.
Democrats have responded with attacks on Cohen's record as a developer, resurrecting claims made during his run for the Senate seat in 2010 that he is a "slumlord" who has been sued by New York City and his residents. Latimer's campaign points out that Bloomberg's own housing agency has taken Cohen to court over alleged violations at his properties.
Cohen's campaign said Bloomberg has "looked into the allegations and dismissed them as minor."