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2010 New York State Gubernatorial Debate

2010 New York State Gubernatorial Debate

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On Television, the Cable-Exclusive Event Will Air Live
on News 12 on Monday, October 18 at 7:00 PM

News 12 Networks, Newsday, and Hofstra University have partnered to present the first New York State Gubernatorial debate on Monday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. On television, the cable-exclusive event will air live on News 12 Long Island, News 12 Westchester, News 12 Hudson Valley, News 12 The Bronx and News 12 Brooklyn. It will also be carried on Time Warner Cable’s NY1 and YNN, providing coverage throughout the state.

The debate will be held in front of a live audience of invited guests, including community members, local leaders, and Hofstra 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)

In addition to airing on cable, News 12 and Newsday, as part of their commitment to serve as leading resources of news and information in New York, are streaming the event live on and, making the debate available to anyone with Internet access.

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.

“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.”

”This gubernatorial debate is an important part of Newsday's continuing commitment to keeping Long Islanders informed about the issues that impact their lives,” said Fred Groser, Publisher of Newsday. “We want to help enable voters to make educated decisions, and this forum will provide a deeper view of the candidates and their positions."

“We are pleased to partner with News 12 and Newsday 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.”

The debate will be available for on-demand viewing on News 12 Interactive, channel 612 on Cablevision’s iO TV, and on-line at and

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.

About Newsday
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, 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, 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.

About Hofstra
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.

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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