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NYers To Candidates: Focus On Issues At NY1 Debate Tonight

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Ahead of Wednesday's Democratic mayoral debate on NY1, many New Yorkers say they're hoping to hear more about the issues at stake rather than personal attacks. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.

Wednesday's debate is going to come in handy for some who have had a busy summer and may not be up to speed on the candidates for mayor. 

"To be honest with you I haven't been following up on that. I know nothing," said one new Yorker.

City voters will have a chance to find out more about the seven Democratic candidates for mayor live at 7 p.m. from Town Hall. And there's a myriad of issues they would like to hear them chat about.

"I would like the next mayor to step in there and so what they have to do for the school system," said one New Yorker.

"Just about the crime rates. I live on Staten Island and there's been a little bit of an increase in things that have been happening there so just about crime and the city in general," said another New Yorker.

"I think a candidate who really indicated a commitment to bicycling and other sort of environmental stuff around the city would get my vote," added a third New Yorker.

Of course, the last two televised debates haves included their share of not so friendly exchanges, something people NY1 talked with said they could probably do without. 

"I would prefer if there were some ground rules, basically no personal attacks, keep it clean as they say. But unfortunately politics as usual I think we are going to see allusions made to certain questionable activities by some of the candidates," said one New Yorker.

"We want to hear what they are about, we know what they are not about, so at this point we want to hear about the issues," said another New Yorker.

A majority of people who spoke with NY1 Wednesday morning were still undecided, and are hoping the debate can shed some light on what the candidates are all about. 

"Still up in the air. It's a hard race this year," noted one New Yorker.

"People say what they say what they have to say at the beginning and then when they get into office they don't do what they are supposed to do. So I'm just looking for someone to come in and handle the business of New York City," stated another New Yorker.

Other issues voters said they want to hear addressed are jobs, housing for lower and middle class residents and the city's fiscal situation.

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