De Blasio, for his part, took heat over Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance's comments that the mayor and some donors apparently flouted the "intent and spirit of laws that impose candidate contribution limits".
And he criticized the mayor's relationship with the city police department.
"Currently no.some days I wish I did", de Blasio said with a laugh when asked if he still smokes and whether New Yorkers should be able to purchase marijuana on the streets of NYC. "I attended the public schools, graduated from CUNY and I had a great career in the City Council where I was considered one of the most independent members of the body".
"I don't think it makes sense to opine on issue by issue", the mayor said.
The so-called "fair fix" proposal would bring in approximately $820 million annually by the year 2022 through a 0.5 percent increase in income tax on individuals who make over $500,000 and married couples who make more than $1 million. Congestion pricing, a tax on Manhattan drivers, would ideally reduce traffic on the most clogged NYC streets while raising funds for the ailing public transit system. He said he's made building affordable apartments a requirement for new developments, has introduced universal pre-K, and has worked to secure tenant protections.
Allen Fagin, Executive Vice President of the Orthodox Union added, "We hope the Mayor understands the important role that nonpublic schools play in educating this city's children, and in relieving the city of the huge cost of educating over two hundred thousand children citywide".
"We are the safest big city in America, and we're getting safer", de Blasio said.
The de Blasio campaign dismissed the sports analogy.
"Well, I hate the Red Sox", Albanese said. "The only way to deal with him is to stand up to him". "He refuses to go to Yankee Stadium", Albanese said.
"What he's built is not affordable for most people", Albanese said. "I am the New York City story".
"Just for clarification: you're saying that the mayor of New York City standing up to Donald Trump and protesting in front of his building is a bad idea?" de Blasio retorted.
Taxpayers are now shouldering the burden after de Blasio vowed they wouldn't get stuck with it.
"I think we're going to generate a better-than-average turnout because there are a lot of people that want de Blasio out of office all over the city - people who deeply dislike him or are blah about him".
Although he is in favor of legalizing marijuana, Albanese admitted he's never smoked it.
The candidates closed out the debate with their final pitches to voters, with Albanese vowing to stop "unfettered development" and improve transportation.
The NYPD is one of the largest, most well-equipped, and most well-organized law enforcement bodies in the world, and de Blasio has relied heavily on them, despite the controversy earlier in his term. "You really have to get along with the governor, that doesn't mean you have to do everything that he says".
"They know that there's (sic) more cops on the beat, they know they've gotten more equipment, more protective gear from this administration", he told New York Magazine.