Candidates for the State Senate and Assembly participated in a marathon round of debates in Brooklyn on Wednesday and while all of the races may not be hotly contested, some of the candidates got heated. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
At a candidates forum in Brooklyn, Democratic challenger Andrew Gounardes blasted Republican State Sen. Marty Golden over mailers. Gounardes said the senator is using his government office to pay for the mailing. One version has a campaign logo. Another has his office.
Sen. Golden said he paid a consultant to come up with the concept out of his campaign funds.
"We are probably going to win this election," Golden said. "And I don't want to be pompous about it but it's probably going to be 60 percent, 65 percent of the vote we'll get here. It's not an election that is even close."
The senator is facing his first serious challenge since taking office a decade ago. It's a challenge that could throw control of the State Senate into flux if successful.
"I think the prospects of the Democrats taking back the senate are looking very good, if you look at all the key races they have across the state," Gounardes said. "This is a very Democratic state. This is a very Democratic district."
The two candidates weren't the only ones to exchange barbs at the candidates forum.
"Senator Golden and I fought to the nail," said Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis. "We wrote to the governor. We attended the budget hearing."
Some even clashed with audience members.
For some attendees, it wasn't necessarily about the candidates who attended the forum but who didn't. Neither Rep. Michael Grimm nor his Democratic challenger, Mark Murphy, attended the forum.
"It's still disappointing that on the Brooklyn side of the 11th Congressional District that we didn't have an opportunity today to hear from both candidates," said City Councilman Vincent Gentile.
Murphy's camp said he had a scheduling conflict. A spokeswoman for Grimm said the Congressman has attended many candidate forums. It's Murphy, they say, that never shows up.