Mayoral candidates come out for Memorial Day parades - New York News

Mayoral candidates come out for Memorial Day parades

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Christine Quinn Christine Quinn
Bill Thompson Bill Thompson
Anthony Weiner Anthony Weiner
John Castimatidis John Castimatidis
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Memorial Day had people across the tri-state area heading to watch parades in honor of our servicemen and women, but one parade on Monday was a hot destination spot for the candidates in the New York City race for mayor.

The annual Little Neck Douglaston Memorial Day Parade was one of many in the New York City area Monday afternoon. It's an opportunity to not just to thank our servicemen and women, but for the candidates to get their faces out in the already busy election season.

There were start, stripes, salutes and candidates – plenty of them.

Amongst the tributes to the brave Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice. There were handshakes and photo-ops galore as the race to replace Mayor Bloomberg kicked into full swing.

"I'm trying to show my respect to those who have served this country," said Bill Thompson.

"This year seems to be a lot more people running for office walking in this parade, but I've been walking in this parade for 10 years," said City Comptroller John Liu.   

One candidate noticeably absent from this parade was the newest entry into the Democratic field – Anthony Weiner, who did appear Monday morning at a Memorial Day event in Laurelton, Queens.

The former Congressman on Monday faced questions about why he didn't attend a parade Sunday afternoon in his former Forest Hills district.

"No disrespect intended to anyone, we are getting a lot of invitations and some people, some things were conflicts, we are still getting our sea legs under us as an organization," said Weiner.

In Little Neck, Fox 5 asked some mayoral hopefuls about what they think is the most pressing issue affecting city veterans.

"Making sure they're getting the benefits they're entitled to," said John Castimatidis.

"Unfortunately it is still how challenging it is for veterans to get jobs when they come home for war," said City Speaker Christine Quinn.

"We still have a VA Hospital downtown that's not fully operational -- it's a shame," said Liu.

There's a just a little more than three months left until the primary and these faces will be popping up everywhere this summer. Castimatidis, the only Republican candidate at the parade, said of the crowded Democratic field …

"It's going to be a real zoo – I look forward to November."

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