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Hochul only agrees to two primary debates

May 12, 2022 1:02 pm

Joshua Solomon reports in the Times Union that there will be at least two debates between candidates running for governor this year. The debates announced so far, June 7 and 16, will be between Democrats in the primary election. Incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochul, Long Island Rep. Tom Suozzi, and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams are expected to participate in the debates. Williams, who is also running on the Working Families Party line, wanted more than two debates, but says that though Hochul previously said she would participate in "multiple debates," she would only agree to two forums with the other candidates. "The governor’s refusal to accept additional invitations demonstrates an aversion to transparency and an unwillingness to speak openly about her own record," Williams said. Suozzi said Hochul, "does not want to face the hard-hitting questions about her failures" on campaign issues, such as crime, taxes, and corruption. "The voters should be entitled to hold her accountable," Suozzi said. Instead of creating debates that all media could air, the June 7 debate will be hosted by WCBS-TV Channel 2, CBS News New York, and Newsradio 880, all in New York City. The other debate on June 16 will be hosted by NBC New York, Telemundo 47, and the Times Union. Read more about this story in the Times Union.