Janet Babin, Economic Development Reporter, WNYC News
Janet Babin is a reporter at WNYC covering economic development.
The two Democratic candidates hoping to become the city's next comptroller picked at each other as they outlined their visions during a debate aired on CBS television and radio on Thursday night.
Both Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and former Gov. Eliot Spitzer agreed that the way to save money for the city is to reduce some $400 million in fees paid to money managers.
But that's where the agreement ended.
"The role of comptroller is a job of public trust," said Stringer. He questioned how Spitzer, resigned from office amid a prostitution scandal in 2008, could earn the trust of voters.
"I've made mistakes but I've made a difference," said Spitzer, defending his record as governor, and as attorney general.
Spitzer, in turn, criticized Stringer for supporting the rezoning of Midtown Manhattan. "It was a cave to developers," said Spitzer.
"I must have missed Eliot at the community [development] meetings," Stringer shot back.
Polls show Spitzer has about a 19 percent lead over Stringer.
The primary is September 10th.