Governor Cuomo has until the end of this week to fill a vacancy on the state’s highest court. His choices include the reappointment of a Republican woman judge who currently holds the seat, and several Democratic alternatives.
Governor Cuomo has accepted two debate offers from media outlets, but neither format includes a one-on-one televised contest between the incumbent Democrat and his Republican opponent. GOP candidate Rob Astorino is objecting.
One of the debates would take place in Buffalo, sponsored by the Buffalo News and public television and radio stations WNED, and WBFO. It would include Governor Cuomo, Republican candidate Rob Astorino, the Green Party’s Howie Hawkins, and Libertarian candidate Michael McDermott.
Governor Cuomo spent the weekend in Afghanistan, as part of a contingent of four US governors on a trip to learn about counter terrorism measures.
Cuomo and the other governors were invited by the Defense Department, to receive briefings on counter terrorism efforts and increasing global threats, and to meet with the troops, including 270 Members of the New York National Guard and 900 Members of Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division.
Incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s agreed to two debates, both on public broadcasting, with his opponents, but his GOP challenger is angered because the formats do not include a televised contest between the Democratic and Republican candidates.
Cuomo says he’s accepted an invitation to debate on television in Buffalo, along with GOP candidate Rob Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and the Libertarian Party’s Michael McDermott.
The governor has also agreed to a radio debate in New York City. It will be a one on one between Cuomo and Astorino.