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Lazio Woos Key Voters On Dems' Harlem Turf

by Gregg Birnbaum

May 24, 2000
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GOP Senate candidate Rick Lazio brought his campaign to East Harlem yesterday via the Lexington Avenue No. 6 train, vowing to work overtime for the votes of African-Americans and Hispanics.

"This campaign is going to be about touching every neighborhood, every community," Lazio said as he strolled along East 116th Street with his wife, Pat, after riding up from Grand Central Terminal.

"It's about inclusiveness. I'm going to be in African-American neighborhoods [and] I'm going to be in Latino neighborhoods."

In words that could have been spoken by his Democratic rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Lazio added, "We're all about one strong New York, one diverse New York. Bringing people together, not dividing them."

Lazio, stumping in the heavily Hispanic enclave and Democratic stronghold, called for closing the Vieques bombing range, backed a Puerto Rican referendum on U.S. statehood and even wore a miniature Puerto Rican flag on his lapel - until an aide snatched it away.

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