Suozzi, Williams, but No Hochul in 1st New York Governor’s Debate | New York News
NEW YORK (AP) — Two of New York’s top three Democratic gubernatorial candidates squared off in their first debate on Thursday, with Jumaane Williams and U.S. Representative Tom Suozzi missing no opportunity to attack the absentee incumbent, the governor. Kathy Hochul.
Williams, the elected New York City Public Advocate, began criticism of Hochul in his opening remarks, telling Suozzi, “While we have some differences, at least we both introduced ourselves.”
Suozzi followed suit, saying New Yorkers were unhappy and “we can do better than that.”
Hochul became governor in August when the then governor. Andrew Cuomo has resigned. She has garnered a number of supporters, including that of the state’s Democratic party, and has well-funded campaign coffers.
Her campaign said she did not participate in the debate in order to focus on the legislative session finale in Albany.
Suozzi, who represents Long Island, and Williams criticized Hochul on a number of issues, including his plan to spend $850 million on a new stadium for his hometown Buffalo Bills.
And in the wake of the May 14 shooting at a Buffalo grocery store where 10 black people were killed in a racist attack, they slammed her for a positive NRA note she received 10 years ago when she was in Congress and running for re-election from a western New York district.
There are two scheduled debates which include Hochul; one on June 7 on WCBS-TV and Newsradio 880, and the other on June 16 sponsored by WNBC-TV, Telemundo and the Times Union.
The Democratic primary for governor is June 28.
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