This evening, NY1 hosted a Republican mayoral candidate debate. NY1 graciously allowed us to watch the debate at their studio and to speak with the three candidates afterwards in the NY1 newsroom. (Here is NY1’s coverage.)
Update #2 – JCats on JCats:
In this report, John Catsimatidis touts his dealings with elected officials of both parties as a significant reason to elect him as mayor. He describes a meeting in December, 2012, with Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg in which they asked Catsimatidis to approach the Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate for eight votes in support of the then-pending Hurricane Sandy relief bills. (On June 28th, we reported on similar comments by Catsimatidis, available here.)
Update – John & George:
John Catsimatidis and George McDonald displayed some personal friction at this evening’s debate. We spoke with them about it afterwards.
Lhota on Democratic Voters
In our first report, we asked Joe Lhota why he thinks that Democratic voters would vote for him in the general election. In the second part of our discussion he strongly rejects the idea that the last two mayors, both Republicans, were elected due to a sense of crisis among voters at the time which drove Democratic voters to abandon their party’s nominee.