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Woodbury, NY, October 13, 2010 -- News 12 Networks, Newsday, and Hofstra University today announced additional details of the first New York State Gubernatorial debate, which will include all seven candidates in the race. News 12 Long Island’s Doug Geed, Newsday’s Joye Brown, and News 12 Westchester/Hudson Valley’s Brian Conybeare are on board to moderate the event on Monday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m.
On television the debate will be telecast live throughout New York State on cable-exclusive channels: News 12 Long Island, News 12 Westchester, News 12 Hudson Valley, News 12 The Bronx, News 12 Brooklyn, Time Warner Cable’s NY1, NY1 Noticias (with Spanish interpretation) and YNN. The debate is being made available to National Public Radio stations throughout New York State.
Mr. Geed, who has been an anchor/reporter at News 12 Long Island for more than 20 years, will act as host and moderator for the debate. Joye Brown, who has been with Newsday for 27 years, the past seven as a columnist, will ask the candidates questions from the stage, while Mr. Conybeare, a 15-year veteran of News 12 Westchester’s anchor desk, will introduce questions from the audience, as well as taped questions from residents in other parts of New York State.
The 90-minute debate will air without commercial interruptions and will include a series of questions, asked of all seven candidates, plus closing statements. All seven candidates will be given the opportunity to answer the same questions with equal and specified time. Some questions will allow for a brief rebuttal among all the candidates after each has had a chance to answer.
The debate is being held in front of a live audience of invited guests that includes community members, local leaders and Hofstra students. Through Hofstra University, 100 tickets are also being made available to the general public. Those interested in tickets to the event can enter a random drawing by registering at, before Friday, October 15, at 9:00 a.m. Winners will be notified directly.
The seven candidates who have agreed to attend are:
In addition to airing on cable, the event will be streamed live on , www.newsday.com,, and www.ny1noticias.com, making the debate available to anyone with Internet access. It will also be available for on-demand viewing, shortly following the debate on News 12 Interactive, channel 612 on Cablevision’s iO TV, and on-line at News12.com and Newsday.com. News 12 also has a Facebook page dedicated to the debate, where viewers are encouraged to comment in real time their impressions during the event; www.facebook.com/raceforgovernor.
A pool feed of the live debate will be available to other media outlets on Ku satellite and on fiber at “The Switch” in NYC. Stations wishing to access the feed can contact Hofstra University Media Relations at 516-463-6493 for coordinates, contact numbers, and restrictions. This program is exclusive to News 12 Networks, Newsday, Time Warner Cable's NY1/NY1 Noticias/YNN, and National Public Radio stations in New York state, and is embargoed to all other outlets and distribution including TV, radio and Internet while the program is live.
About News 12 Networks
News 12 Networks is proud to be a cable exclusive service, currently reaching nearly 3.8 million households in the New York market. News 12 Networks is the country's first, largest, and most watched 24-hour local television news network. The Network is made up of 7 individual local news channels serving the areas of Long Island, New Jersey, Southwestern Connecticut, Westchester County, the Hudson Valley, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. News 12 Networks is owned and operated by Cablevision Systems Corporation.
Newsday Media Group includes Newsday, one of the nation’s largest daily newspapers, serving Long Island through its print editions and hyper-local Web site, newsday.com. With 19 Pulitzers and various other journalism awards, Newsday is read by seven out of 10 Long Island adults each week. Other Newsday Media Group properties include exploreLI.com, a Web site dedicated to delivering the inside scoop on activities and events across Long Island; amNewYork, the nation's most widely circulated free daily serving New York City, and Star Community Publishing, a large group of weekly shopper publications. Newsday Media Group is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation.
Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution of higher education where more than 12,000 full and part-time students choose from undergraduate and graduate offerings in liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering, communication, education, health and human services, honors studies, a School of Law and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. With a small average class size (22 students) and low student-teacher ratio (14 to 1), the University also provides excellent facilities with state-of-the-art technology, extensive library resources and internship programs that match students' interests and abilities with appropriate companies and organizations. The Hofstra community is driven, dynamic and energetic, helping students find and focus their strengths to prepare them for a successful future. Located in Nassau County, New York, on over 240 acres, the University is less than an hour from midtown Manhattan.
For more information contact:
Deborah Koller-Feeney, News 12 Networks, (516) 393-1946
Paul Fleishman, Newsday (631) 843-4097
Melissa Connolly, Hofstra University, (516) 463-4160
For Press credentials contact:
Hofstra University Media Relations, (516) 463-6818 or visit www.hofstra.edu/2010debate