BROOKLYN - A campaign move by mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota is sparking some controversy in the borough.

The Republican candidate stopped by an ultra-Orthodox synagogue in Borough Park that doesn't allow women inside. Three females were asked to leave during his visit.

Lhota defended Shomer Shabbos Synagogue's religious practices as a First Amendment right. Democratic opponent Bill de Blasio said he found it "perplexing" that Lhota would go where women are not allowed.

Brooklyn voters who spoke with News 12 had mixed opinions on the matter.