ALBANY – The on-again, off-again gubernatorial debate is on for good. Republican Marc Molinaro, who beat back Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s attempt to limit viewership of any debate, said Monday he has accepted the latest offer from the Democratic incumbent to meet in a session Tuesday afternoon in Manhattan for broadcast statewide later that evening. “We have what we asked for,’’ Molinaro told reporters in a conference call. The debate, according to a source, will be held at 1:30 p.m. and, unlike a previous plan proposed by Cuomo, will have both candidates appear in person. The plan is for the debate to be aired at 7 p.m. on WCBS-TV and radio stations in New York City. The debate will be offered to CBS radio and TV affiliates across the state to air at the same time. Molinaro said the format and terms of the debate were “dictated” by Cuomo, but he said it will be a “big opportunity” to present himself to voters who might not know him. “It’s also an opportunity to hold the governor accountable,’’ he added. The GOP candidate, who is the Dutchess County executive, also called for more debates, including one in Buffalo and the Southern… Read full this story
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