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New Haven Mayor John DeStefano called Monday night for the state to overrule East Haven and take control of land needed to extend the runway at Tweed-New Haven. Mayoral challenger Ralph Ferrucci, meanwhile, called any efforts to build up the airport a waste of money doomed to failure.

Those two approaches emerged at a debate among the three candidates for mayor this fall. It was one of several exchanges that both made news and delineated clear differences among the contenders on issues ranging from transportation and policing and to the foreclosure crisis.

Especially when the candidates themselves asked the questions.

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