Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo and Republican Carl Paladino did not engage one another during a wide ranging televised debate that included all seven candidates in the race.
During tonight's Governor's debate Brian Lehrer, Azi Paybarah, and fellow It's A Free Country readers took part in a live online chat. Read the transcript below.
As part of its coverage of the stories and characters behind the midterm election debates, WNYC partner Pop+Politics looks at the foreclosure crisis in Florida. In this video, we meet Max Rameau of the group Take Back the Land. He locates vacant, foreclosed homes and "resettles" them with families in need of affordable housing.
It's A Free Country looks at the positions and priorities of the candidates for New York governor who aren't named Andrew Cuomo or Carl Paladino.
Tonight at 7pm, all seven candidates for New York Governor are participating in a debate at Hofstra University. Listen to the debate live on WNYC (listen here), and during and after the debate, join Brian Lehrer and fellow It's A Free Country readers for a live chat. The candidates scheduled to participate are:
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McMahon is a freshman Democrat, but he projects the aura of an experienced politician. In New York's 13th Congressional district, which includes all of Staten Island and the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights and Gravesend, he's cast himself as a centrist. But conservative challenger Michael Grimm, a political newcomer, says McMahon's politics and Washington record don't fit with this historically conservative constituency.
Welcome to It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable clips and other voices found on WNYC this week and mix 'em up. Here's what we've got on tap. Voices are in blue, connections are bold, links to explore.
WNYC's Andrea Bernstein continues her reporting from swing counties this election season with a stop in Canton, Ohio. The Rust Belt community has taken some hard knocks in the recession, and after going for Obama in 2008, voters here are tired, frustrated, and once again, getting barraged with negative political ads.
-Daniel Patrick Moynihan
-Michael Long, Conservative Party of New York State Chairman, on The Brian Lehrer Show
As you'd expect at an event held by the AARP, the hot issues were Social Security and Medicare. But in a year where the struggling economy is everything, Wednesday's 4th District Congressional debate was really all about the deficit.
-New York Times columnist Gail Collins on The Leonard Lopate Show.