Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that he will participate in two debates ahead of the November election — one in New York City with his GOP opponent and another in Buffalo that would include two third-party candidates, too.
Cuomo’s campaign said the two debates would be held in mid-October. A New York City debate would be only with Republican Rob Astorino while the Buffalo debate would include the Green and Libertarian parties candidates.
Cuomo, a Democrat, refused to debate primary opponent Zephyr Teachout, whom he defeated this month 62 percent to 34 percent.
Astorino, the Westchester County executive, has proposed as many as eight debates while Hawkins had urged both major party candidates to include him.
Astorino’s campaign said Saturday that voters deserve to see at least one debate featuring only Cuomo and Astorino and that Cuomo’s choice of a radio debate in New York City shows he’s afraid to engage Astorino in a one-on-one broadcast debate.