Final Mayoral Debate Postponed to Honor Sandy Anniversary

Joe Lhot and Bill de Blasio at last night's debate. (Photo: Getty)
Joe Lhot and Bill de Blasio at their last debate. (Photo: Getty)

The city’s Campaign Finance Board announced tonight that it has postponed the third and final mayoral debate to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.

The 90-minute debate, which had previously been scheduled for Tuesday, October 29, will now be held on Wednesday, October 30, kicking off at 7 p.m.

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Lhota Ratches Up Attack Lines in Closing Stretch of Mayor’s Race

Joe Lhota speaking today.
Joe Lhota speaking today.

Joe Lhota has just 13 days left until voters cast their ballots, and it looks like he’s planning to make the most of them.

Trailing by more than 40 points in public polls, the Republican mayoral candidate appears to have hit a reset button on his campaign, ratcheting up criticism of his rival, Bill de Blasio, following last night’s spirited debateContinue reading “Lhota Ratches Up Attack Lines in Closing Stretch of Mayor’s Race”

Bill de Blasio’s Team Pre-Spins Joe Lhota’s Debate Strategy

Bill de Blasio on actor Alec Baldwin's new talk show.
Bill de Blasio on MSNBC last week.

Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign began the attacks tonight before the candidates even stepped on stage for their first major televised debate.

In a memo sent out to reporters, the Democrat’s team predicted rival Joe Lhota, who is currently far behind in the public polls, would do “everything in his power to run away from his Tea Party pandering and to conceal his traditional Republican Party ideas.” Continue reading “Bill de Blasio’s Team Pre-Spins Joe Lhota’s Debate Strategy”

Two Mayoral Candidates Debate Without Bill de Blasio

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Adolfo Carrión on the stage.

Two of the city’s three leading mayoral candidates debated on live television last night. But the most prominent one was MIA.

Bill de Blasio, the city’s public advocate and the Democratic nominee, who is leading by as many as 50 points in public polls, skipped the first major debate of the general election–despite repeated requests from NY1. Continue reading “Two Mayoral Candidates Debate Without Bill de Blasio”

John Catsimatidis: ‘I Have a Love Factor With the Minorities’

John Catsimatidis. (Photo: Getty)
John Catsimatidis. (Photo: Getty)

During the final Republican debate before Tuesday’s mayoral primary, billionaire businessman John Catsimatidis touted his advantages over rival Joe Lhota.

Among the attributes cited, Mr. Catsimatidis said he would be more likely to win the general election because of his appeal to black and Latino voters–or in his words, “the minorities.”

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Spitzer and Stringer Pull No Punches at Final Debate as Election Day Nears

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Eliot Spitzer and Scott Stringer this morning.

If there were any remaining questions on the subject, they have been answered: Eliot Spitzer and Scott Stringer are certainly not buddies anymore.

The two comptroller candidates squared off for the last time this morning, trading blow after blow at a Midtown forum hosted by the Council of Urban Professionals. Mr. Stringer was especially aggressive, pummeling the former governor again and again for resigning in the wake of a prostitution scandal five years ago. Mr. Spitzer, meanwhile, tried to brush off the attacks, while offering hits of his own. Continue reading “Spitzer and Stringer Pull No Punches at Final Debate as Election Day Nears”

McDonald Says Catsimatidis Should be Barred From Republican Debates

Republican mayoral candidate George McDonald is trailing in the money race. (Photo: Facebook.com/McDonald2013)
Republican mayoral candidate George McDonald. (Photo: Facebook.com/McDonald2013)

Republican mayoral candidate George McDonald says one of his rivals never should have been allowed to participate in last week’s official debate–and is trying to bar him from the next one.

In a complaint filed yesterday with the city’s Campaign Finance Board, Mr. McDonald charges that the board violated its own rules when it allowed billionaire candidate John Catsimatidis to participate in last Wednesday’s televised debate because he failed to raise the qualifying cash.

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