ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will participate in two debates ahead of the general election, after refusing to square off against his primary opponent.
Cuomo’s campaign said Saturday one proposed debate would feature Cuomo and Republican nominee Rob Astorino in New York City.
A second proposed debate in Buffalo will also include Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian party candidate Michael McDermott. Both will be held in mid-October. Exact dates are being worked out.
“This is more games from Andrew Cuomo. Despite their claims, there have been no negotiations between the campaigns. We have called for at least one televised debate between the two major party candidates, as is custom in every election from President of the United States on down,” a spokesperson for Astorino said in a statement. “It’s clear Governor Cuomo is terrified to go one-on-one with County Executive Astorino on television. Is it because he doesn’t want people to see his face when he’s asked about his role in the Moreland corruption scandal? The people of New York deserve better.”
Cuomo’s campaign communications director Matt Wing says the governor is looking forward to robust discussions.
WCBS 880’s Monica Miller spoke with Marist College Poll Director Lee Miringoff, who said those they have spoken to want to see the two square-off.