Republican mayoral candidates Joe Lhota, George McDonald and John Catsimatidis faced off in a televised debate last night on NY1. The New York Times reported that the candidates “vowed to fully support the Police Department and to limit the role of an inspector general that would monitor the department." At one point, McDonald accused Catsimatidis of making a threat against him. Here’s from the NY1 transcript:
McDonald: That sounds like a mafia thing, making me disappear. What is that? That is the way the mayor of the city of New York talks about people?
Catsimatidis: I never said that, George.
McDonald: Oh, yes you did.
The bitterness may be personal. McDonald actually bought his home from Catsimatidis in 1990 and took out a mortgage from him as well.
Catsimatidis: We’ve been friends for 25, 30 years.
McDonald: Oh, I beg to differ with you about the friendship part.
While Cats and McDonald traded shots, Lhota, who is considered the frontrunner, largely stayed out of the fray.
Eliot Spitzer, who got into the comptroller race on Monday, polled better than the erstwhile frontrunner, Scott Stringer. A Wall Street Journal-NBC 4 New York-Marist Pollfound that Spitzer outpaces Stringer 42 to 33 percent among registered Democratic voters.
Four Democratic candidates for Manhattan borough president “did little to distinguish themselves" at a debate yesterday hosted by Crain’s New York Business. The only substantive difference, according to the business weekly, was that they hail from different geographic areas of the island. The candidates are City Council members Gale Brewer, Jessica Lappin and Robert Jackson, and Julie Menin, former Community Board 1 chairwoman.