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Candidates Take the Field

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Mark Green, Peter Vallone, Alan Hevisi taking stickball pointers from former Met Ed Charles.
When considering who to support in the Mayoral race, the candidate's philosophy, political experience and public record are important. However, according to a recent Streetplay poll, the number one question most New Yorkers want to know is "Which one plays the best stickball?"

The 2001 Daily News Stickball Classic gave the politician's the opportunity to show their stuff in a special longball contest. Of the many contenders in this year's race, only three accepted the challenge. Alan Hevisi won the honors with a respectable 180 foot shot. City Council Speaker Peter Vallone knocked the ball a few times and Public Advocate Mark Green went hitless.

Each of the candidates assured the crowd that their ability to govern was stronger than their ability to hit a spaldeen. We'll accept that they might be a bit rusty having not in a couple of decades, but we are sure that once in office, the next Mayor will make improving his stickball game a key priority.

When asked by a reporter what he planned to do after winning the longball competition, City Comptroller Alan Hevisi vowed "No, I won't be going to Disney World, but will continue working on the campaign."

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