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Voters denied debate between district attorney candidates

Oct 25, 2023 1:08 pm

Jammel Cutler reports for Columbia-Greene Media that the Ichabod Crane Central School District cancelled a planned debate on Oct. 23 between county district attorney candidates Republican Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Ryan Carty and Democrat Assistant Solicitor General for New York State Chris Liberati-Conant. The Carty campaign claims an anonymous complaint to the school district did in the debate. But the Liberati-Conant campaign said it never agreed to the Republican- chosen moderator, Michael Hutter, who is an Albany Law School professor and one of Carty’s former teachers. Mackenzie Rigg, Ichabod Crane School District’s communication specialist, said, “There was no official complaint but, instead, inquiries made by several residents of the district regarding the district’s ability to host this meeting.... Upon receiving these inquiries the district consulted with its attorney, who provided the district with the relevant portions of the education law.” But Zech Davidson-Cunningham, Liberati-Conant’s campaign manager, said, “If I allowed someone who’s been described as a favorite of influential powers in the right wing of the Republican Party to moderate this debate, that would be the last Democratic campaign job I ever got." The Democrat says the Rensselaer County League of Women Voters was supposed to host the debate. Voting, without a debate to educate voters, begins Oct. 28 and last until Nov. 7 this year. Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.

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