Democratic mayoral hopefuls debate issues facing Bronx and city residents

The four Democrats competing in next week's mayoral primary met Wednesday to debate issues facing the Bronx and the city. Most candidates agree that education is a major issue that needs to be addressed citywide. City Council Speaker Gifford Miller said reducing class size is a main point in his campaign. While Congressman Anthony Weiner says if elected, he will raise teachers' salaries. Former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer took another approach; he criticized Bloomberg saying he has failed to get education funding from Albany. Manhattan Borough President C. Virgina Fields agreed. Ferrer is leading in the polls, but if he does not receive more than 40 percent of the vote at Tuesday?s primary there will be a run off.

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