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Pols play stickball at Borough Hall

Transfer of power: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz lobs an easy one to comptroller and would-be hizzoner John Liu at an event on Tuesday.
Photo by Paul Martinka

New York City political candidates aren’t just working to win over New Yorkers this year — on Tuesday afternoon, they worked to win at Brooklyn’s favorite sport.

Batter up: Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson gets in the swing of things at stickball challenge outside of Borough Hall on Tuesday.
Photo by Paul Martinka

A selection of them played a corrupted version of stickball — the photo op contest was just to see who could hit the ball the farthest — in front of Brooklyn Borough Hall. Borough President Markowitz and Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa hosted Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese, Democratic Public Advocate candidate Letitia James, and many more as they tried their hands at the borough rite of passage.

Kid on the block: Democratic mayoral hopeful Sal Albanese rips a spaldeen outside of Borough Hall on Tuesday, coming up short of the longest shot title.
Photo by Paul Martinka

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz hit the ball the farthest overall, according to Andrew Holt, a spokesman for the organizers at news outlet City and State New York. Democrat Erick Salgado hit the ball the farthest of the mayoral hopefuls, proving that he is a longshot in more ways than one.

Bronx bomber: Republican mayoral contender John Catsamatidis takes aim at an incoming pitch on Tuesday. The Greek-American business magnate hit the shortest ball of the pols present.
Photo by Paul Martinka

Not every candidate was present — though an earlier press release said that scandal-ridden politician Anthony Weiner might have showed up, he did not make it out.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at jlutz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.

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