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The Call Blog: NY1 Hosts First Mayoral Debate Of General Election

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If you missed tonight's debate, that's a shame. It lives on NY1.com. I would take the time to watch it. Two of the three leading candidates presented their ideas in an articulate manner. Whether you agree with them or not, an informed voter is the best voter.



The first of four mayoral debates in October was held tonight at the CUNY Graduate Center. Republican Joe Lhota and Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrion met to discuss a wide range of issues, including policing, education, and the economy.

Democrat Bill de Blasio declined to take part in the debate, but the front-runner in the polls is scheduled to attend three others in the coming weeks. De Blasio is required to attend the two contests sponsored by the Campaign Finance Board on October 22 and 29, but the other two are optional.

What question would you ask the mayoral candidates tonight? Do you think Bill de Blasio should attend all four debates? What do you think Joe Lhota and Adolfo Carrion need to do to win more support?

Send your thoughts using the link above.



Carrion won this debate and DeBlasio will never get my vote because he did not turn up, arrogant.

Pauline
The Bronx



De Blasio's absence was a shameless political tactic. Everything about De Blasio is pure "kabuki theater". Perhaps, he should be on Broadway rather than Gracie Mansion. He panders to minorities by parading his biracial son in all of his television advertisements, as thought this makes him the moral authority on racial profiling. Tonight, he pulled a Houdini act on NYC voters. Shameless.

Joshua



I turned on the TV tonight just as one of your callers was saying that de Blasio had lost his vote because he didn’t show up for the debate. I blame NY1 in part for this ridiculous sentiment. All day your newscasters reported that de Blasio had not accepted your invitation to join the debate and all day they were expressing the hope that he might reconsider. Your newscast is supposed to report on the news, not try and influence voters’ choices.

Janet, UWS



Bill de Blasio is getting just as much air time by not being at the debate as the two candidates who were in attendance. It is like Lindsay Lohan ...even bad press is still keeping your name out there. Not surprised that the one caller supported Carrion...they are both fellow City Island residents...ok? I suppose Carrion will get pushed off the stage before the election if he doesn't get enough numbers in the polls? Let's see what the real poll results say when Nov. 5th comes...that is "if" the Board of Elections can get the ballots counted before 2014.?.

Kathy from Throggs Neck da bronx



I think Carrion's independent candidacy is very appealing. He's right that voter turnout is at an all time low because people are disenfranchised by the corrupt two party system. I'm a proud independent. Carrion gets my vote.

Marian



Diblasio shunned this debate, just like he has continued to shun NYCHA. Why won't Diblasio meet with the Resident Leaders of NYCHA on his plans and vision of preserving Public Housing. We vote, pay taxes - hear our concerns as well - the invitation is open to Carrion and Lhota give us a forum, hear us out.

Nancy
Lower East Side



I can't believe how unprofessional it is for Deblasio not to debate, What is he afraid of? We need the candidates to debate the issues. This is a very serious time for New York and we have no room for a bad call on the Mayor of NY. It is time to put race, agendas on the sidelines. We need to pick a leader who is the best suited executive for the job. If Deblasio is that guy, get up there and address the issues I hope everyone in this city wakes up and looks at the resume vs the politics

This is all about what is best for NYC!

Michael
A very concerned new Yorker



There are 3 more debates; this gave us ( the viewers ) an opportunity to hear the other two candidates, one on one. It's amazing Mr. DiBlasio had the courage to not attend, without fearing, if he declined, he lose ground. What a reality check.

Margaret



By dissing the viewers and those who mader the effort to set us and participate in the debate, De Blasio made a bigger mistake than he could have had he debated.

I started out for De Blasio and am now looking at both Carrion and Lhota, thanbks to the debate.

Ann



I just hope everyone wakes up. We are lucky to have lhota running for mayor. He is honest and up front. I am so worried people are blinded by deblasio's family and not looking at the person he really is....a socialist

Barbara



I think this debate served to give New Yorkers the first look at the real Bill DeBlasio. He is interested only in winning and therefore made this strategic decision not to attend. Lhota is beginning to look real good and Carrion positioned himself nicely as a viable candidate.

Keith K.
Brooklyn Heights



De Blasio will not be affected by not showing up. He will be at the next three debates which is more than enough. By the end of the next debate this will not be an issue. Remember he is a big sports fan. When you have the lead, ball control is the important thing.

If Carion is such a good candidate why didn't he run as a democrat ? This run of his is a calculated way to get back into NYC politics after working for the Obama administration.

Chris from Park Slope



Mr. DeBlazio should know that it ain't over until it's over!

EO



It's inexcusable that Bill DeBlasio didn't participate in the debate tonight. I'm undecided but having trouble seeing now how I can vote for a candidate so clearly disrespectful to New York voters, especially those who care about our City and this election.

Michelle, Manhattan



Bill de Blasio lost my vote as a registered democrat because of his absence in the NY1 debate tonight. Not a good move on his part. What did he have to do tonight that is more important?

I will be voting for Adolfo Carrión.

Chris



I think Lhota won. And I dont want this city turn to be Detroit. And thats gonna happen if De Blazio wins.

Ermek
Brooklyn



As an independent swing voter who is less than thrilled with either Bill Deblasio or Joe Lhota I must say that Adolfo Carrion was Superb tonight,in his knowledge of the issues,sincerity and willingness to take a stand.Carrion looked like a real leader and Lhota looked more like a typical political party hack.No wonder why Deblasio wimped out of this debate,he would rather safely hide behind his commercials than to have New Yorkers realize there is another non republican choice for Mayor.It is time for real democracy in The Big Apple and for Adolfo Carrion to be allowed into all of the remaining debates.

Dave from Bayridge



Hi there my name is Helen. I'm a Democrat from Queens and in my opinion Joe Lhota was the better candidate in this debate. I'am very disappointed in Deblasio for not showing up. Just because he is ahead in the polls does not mean he should get cocky. Not showing up leaves New Yorkers with the impression that he does not truly care about our issues and only wants the position.Those are the politicians I'm sure the whole country has had enough of. I must say, getting to know Joe Lhota more has increased my favorability of him. I like how he not only has "Republican" policies but "Democratic" policies as well. We need more people like that elected!

Thank you for reading my email Ny1, hopefully my opinion will be broadcasted by John Schiumo!!

Helen



Hi John;

In order for Lhota to win more support, he needs DeBlasio to show up at the debate. One reason Deblasio didn't show up because he might have to explain what he thinks NYPD should do when dealing with gang bangers menacing innocent civilians. Deblasio isn't clear if he wants the NYPD to be Proactive or Reactive. I fear Reactive policing is going to make a come-back.

Joe Lhota for Mayor.

Kate
Midtown East
Retired NYPD

ps: Thank you for such a great show.



Though NY1 does a great job, I thought a 4th debate was overkill. We have heard a lot from the 2 major candidates this year, and 3 debates gives Mr. Carrion plenty of opportunity to connect with voters.

This is not a debate question, but I would like to sharply criticize Mr. Lhota for his barely-disguised campaign rally with the charter school folks yesterday. It was an outrageous event, with kids being pulled from school for hours under the guise of their schools being threatened with closure and parents being told they had better show up, too. Mr. Lhota not only condoned this sideshow, but marched right along. I think he and other fervent 'at all costs' charter supporters are out of touch with the reality on the ground. Our neighborhood schools need support and nurturing, not some sort of market-driven competition and profiteering by people who don't really care about educating our kids. How about standing for smaller classes, teacher development, better delivery of special ed services, universal pre-k for all and more enrichment for all?

Anni
UWS



Bill De Blasio is a 'G' he don't need to be at this debate.

Vanessa



I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF ANY OF THE CANDIDATES HAVE GUN PERMITS AND DO THEY OWN GUNS? IT IS A LEGIT QUESTION.

JOE, BAY TERRACE



John,

Mayoral Snap Poll
Is taxation theft?
Yes: money taken without the owner's consent is theft.
No: we are all slaves of government. We must sacrifice ourselves to it.

JoeW
Port Richmond, SI



Hi John,

All three should show up for every debate [PERIOD.] This DeBlasio is just a big bag of wind that talks from both sides of is mouth. When he was pubic advocate he never answered any e-mails. His staff was cut and so was the funding. So he just hung out for the remainder of his term. DeBlasio has a lot of excess baggage that seems to be surfacing. So this finance board is sponsoring the debates with our money I would guess and so that gives him the right to call the shots. We have to many problems for any candidate to decide as to whether or not he will attend debates or not.

MY OPINION: AS FAR AS ATTENDING DEBATES IT SHOULD BE ALL OR NO ONE AT ALL!

Thank you John,
maxxiee
mp



When you are that far ahead in the polls it really doesn't matter what you do.

Rich
Midtown East



As a democrat, I don't care if there were six debates, Bill De Blascio should attend all of them and talk those issues that are interested to the people. Why is he so special that he can't show up? He's a candidate just like the rest of them. As a democrat, I don't care about Adolfo Carrion since he's father is a honophibic person. Joe Lhota, should speak more to those people that don't know nothing of and be a little less cold.

Eric, Bronx, NY



I would like to say, that even to run successfully family finances, it’s requires to find the best way to bring the money and to spend the money right. If this is not a priority for a mayor, who will run a city like New York, all his promises cost nothing. The city needs money to continue to be safe in any ways: criminal, environmental, technical, etc. and money are coming from successful businesses. Bloomberg was good at this and Lhota will be good either. After Sandy, we have our MTA up and running in no time and Lhota was in control of MTA at this time. He can make a difference and he proved it, not just making empty promises, which cost nothing.

R.T.



I am a life-long Democrat, loyal and true-blue. However, there are occasions when I will vote for a candidate other than a Democrat.

Since Bill De Blasio decided that he couldn't deign to appear at NY1's debate, I have decided I am going to vote for the Republican candidate, Joseph Lhota. De Blasio's arrogance has lost me.

NY1 is an important source for exclusive news regarding New York City and the tri-state area. As such, NY1 as host for a debate between contending mayoral candidates should have been a priority for Mr. De Blasio.

Mr. De Blasio surely must understand that, while I and tens of thousands of other Democrats and voters in general are disgusted with the current behavior of national Republicans, this does not give Mr. De Blasio a pass to ignore what I felt was an important debate with the other two candidates for mayor.

With his absence, Mr. De Blasio has broadcast to all New Yorkers, especially Democrats, that he impertinently takes our votes for granted.

Well, guess what, Mr. De Blasio? I am voting for Mr. Lhota. I may be a small minority, but I am also going to encourage everyone I know to vote for Mr. Lhota. In fact, although I voted for you in the primaries, I am now convinced that Mr. Lhota is the superior candidate.

At least, Mr. Lhota has the common sense and the humility to appear at a crucial debate that you should have attended, Mr. De Blasio.

You probably will be elected, Mr. De Blasio, but it won't be because I voted for you.

Mike in Queens



I THINK THAT BILL DE BLASIO SHOULD HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE DEBATE THIS EVENING. THIS WAS A CALCULATED DECISION ON HIS PART & HE MAY HAVE LOST SOME SUPPORT BECAUSE OF IT. ADOLFO CARRION COMES OFF AS KNOWLEDGEABLE & COMPETENT. HE ALSO IS A BIT OF A POLITICAL OPPORTUNIST. HE RAN AS A DEMOCRAT FOR BRONX BOROUGH PRESIDENT & WORKED IN THE DEMOCRAT ADMINISTRATION OF PRESIDENT OBAMA. HE ONLY PURSUED THE INDEPENDENCE PARTY LINE WHEN HE WAS UNSUCCESSFUL OF IN SECURING THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ENDORSEMENT. HIS PLAN FOR TOLLING THE EAST RIVER BRIDGES IS A DISGUISE FOR MAYOR BLOOMBERG'S CONGESTION PRICING PLAN. ALL OF THESE MAYORAL CANDIDATES TALK ABOUT THEIR PLANS TO DEAL WITH THE DISPARITY BETWEEN THE WEALTHY & THE POOR IN THIS CITY. I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR SOME REAL SPECIFICS ABOUT MAKING IT AFFORDABLE FOR THE DWINDLING MIDDLE CLASS TO THRIVE IN THIS CITY.

ANONYMOUS

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