After a fiery mayoral debate this week, NY1 is hosting two more debates next week that will likely be more civil. On Monday, the two major candidates for public advocate will square off, and on Tuesday night, NY1 will bring you a debate for city comptroller. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
Not all contests next week will include pinstripes.
NY1 is hosting back-to-back debates on Monday and Tuesday night for public advocate and city comptroller.
In the comptroller debate, Democrat Scott Stringer faces pastor and former New York Jet Michel Faulkner.
"I think I have been an independent watchdog for this city," Stringer siad.
Stringer is the clear favorite here. In fact, the contest has been so under the radar, there hasn't been much of a campaign to speak of.
According to a campaign finance filing last week, the Faulkner campaign was actually in the red, while Stringer had $1.5 million on hand.
The city comptroller did not accept public matching funds this year because he saw his Republican rival as little competition. That doesn't mean he isn't prepping for the debate.
"I am going to take this debate very seriously because the voters expect incumbent elected officials, no matter what the polls say, to come before the public and have a discussion," Stringer said.
A similar matchup will occur Monday night when the top candidates for public advocate will face off. J.C. Polanco will have his only primetime debate against the current public advocate, Letitia James.
"I think Tish James has been quiet when we needed an advocate. Yes I do," Polanco said.
Polanco's campaign has been under the radar. He has no campaign staff.
"I realize this is an uphill battle. I realize this is the equivalent of trying to climb Mount Everest in the winter," Polanco said.
James has a massive money advantage. As of the last campaign finance filing, she had $1 million on hand. He didn't even have $8,000.
Of course, anything can happen on the debate stage. These underdogs will have an hour to try to change the conversation and convince voters to come to their corner.