NYS Gubernatorial Debate Tonight at 7 pm

News 12 Networks, Newsday, and Hofstra University along with the news channels of Time Warner Cable are partnering to present the first and much-anticipated New York State gubernatorial debate on Monday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. The statewide cable-exclusive event will be carried live on Time Warner Cable’s NY1 and YNN news channels, along with News 12 Long Island, News 12 Westchester, News 12 Hudson Valley, News 12 The Bronx and News 12 Brooklyn.The debate will be held on the Hofstra campus in front of a live audience of invited guests including community members, local leaders and students. All seven candidates in the race have been invited to attend and have confirmed:• Charles Barron (Freedom Party)• Andrew Cuomo (Democratic Party)• Kristin Davis (Anti-Prohibition Party)• Howie Hawkins (Green Party)• Jimmy McMillan (Rent is too Damn High Party)• Carl Paladino (Republican Party)• Warren Redlich (Libertarian Party)“It’s important in this election year that New Yorkers be as informed as possible before heading to the polls.,” said Anthony Proia, Regional Director of News Operations for TWC’s Local News Division. “YNN is committed to political coverage at the local and statewide level and we’re happy to offer this debate to Time Warner Cable subscribers,” he added.“This is a unique political face-off at a crucial time for New York voters,” said Pat Dolan, President of News 12 Networks. “News 12 Networks is pleased to be able to present this uncut, candid look at the candidates in conjunction with a great newspaper, Newsday. Thanks to Time Warner Cable-owned NY1 and YNN, the debate will reach a statewide cable audience. And the venue at Hofstra University is a perfect setting for a program of this importance.”Hofstra University made national news with its hosting of the third and final Presidential debate in 2008. The New York Gubernatorial debate will be held at the same location, continuing Hofstra’s dedication to providing a forum for public debate and civic engagement through large-scale political events.“We are pleased to partner on this historic event,” said Stuart Rabinowitz, President of Hofstra University. “This election is a critical one for New York State, and hosting a debate is an important public service. Our students will have the opportunity to again witness history first-hand, and the public will have an opportunity to learn about the candidates’ views and experience.”In addition to airing on cable, the event will stream live on the websites of YNN, News 12 and Newsday, making the debate available to anyone with Internet access. Time Warner Cable’s YNN networks will also make the debate available for later viewing on their “on demand” channels in markets including Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Binghamton, Albany and metropolitan New York.

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