Hochul in on TV debates as Suozzi slams her on crime

Publication: PoliticsNY
By: Ethan Stark-Miller

Gov. Kathy Hochul agreed to participate Wednesday in two upcoming televised debates with her Democratic gubernatorial primary rivals hosted by WCBS and WNBC/Telemundo ahead of the June 28 election.

“I’m eager to participate in these debates to highlight our strong track record of getting things done for New Yorkers,” Hochul said in a release. “From day one, I’ve been focused on creating a safer, more affordable New York, where all of our fundamental rights are protected, and am excited to continue to share that message directly with voters across our state on the debate stage. As we move into the final month of the primary campaign, I look forward to keeping up our pace and momentum and defeating Republicans in November.”

Hochul’s announcement today made good on her commitment last month to participate in at least two primary debates following calls from her opponents, U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D – Long Island, Queens) and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, that Hochul debated them at least six times before primary day. The upcoming debates on WCBS and WNBC/Telemundo will be held on June 7 and 16 respectively.