Mayoral Candidates Face Off In Final Debate: Here’s Where And How To Watch

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The candidates in the race for mayor are facing off in their final debate Wednesday night.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Nicole Malliotakis and Bo Dietl were making their case to voters at on CBS2. You can also watch a stream of the debate right here and right now on or on our Facebook page, or listen on 1010 WINS or WCBS Newsradio 880.

CBS2’s Maurice DuBois is moderating the event at the CUNY Graduate Center studio. The topics and questions reflect concerns raised by New York voters through social media and at a series of town hall events across the five boroughs.

The debate came a day after a terrorist attack on the West Side bike path in Lower Manhattan left eight people dead and a dozen injured when an assailant plowed into cyclists and pedestrians with a pickup truck. DuBois noted that suspect Sayfullo Saipov, 29, had attended a New Jersey mosque that had once been under surveillance by the NYPD under a program that Mayor de Blasio discontinued.

DuBois asked if the city could fight future threats while not infringing on civil rights. De Blasio said his administration is working to do just that.

“Yes, we can prevent terror by intelligence gathering. We can prevent terror by building close relationships with communities all over the city,” he said.

He said the NYPD surveillance program that focused on mosques and Muslim communities alienated police officers from the people it needed information from, and also violated rights.

Malliotakis did not endorse or denounce the discontinued surveillance program, but countered that the solution is to give police officers “the tools that we need to do their job,” and said there should be “no limits to their ability when they get their lead.”

She said no group or religion should be targeted, but if the lead is credible, police should be given “the resources needed to do their job.”

But Dietl said “yes” to surveillance when it comes to terror prevention.

“What we have to have is effective community relations, but as far as this profiling thing, worrying about it – well, look at it. Just look at this terrorist; what he looks like?”

He said the city “can’t have political correctness all the time.”

De Blasio was later asked about recent testimony by onetime donor Jona Rechnitz. In testimony at the bribery trial of former correction officers’ union head Norman Seabrook, Rechnitz has repeatedly accused de Blasio of taking part in pay-to-play politics.

De Blasio has dismissed Rechnitz as a liar repeatedly, and in the debate, he did it again.

“What we now know about him, we didn’t know then. He is a liar. He is a felon. Don’t believe anything he says,” de Blasio said.

De Blasio said Rechnitz was a donor who provided resources at one point, but they did not have a personal relationship, though Rechnitz has talked in testimony his weekly contact with de Blasio, through email, texts, phone calls and communication through the mayor’s Campaign Finance Director Ross Offinger.

DuBois asked if de Blasio would release his phone records. De Blasio responded: “This matter has been fully investigated by the federal authorities. They took no further action.”

This debate is sponsored by CBS2 and TV 10/55, 1010 WINS, WCBS 880, the New York Daily News, Common Cause New York, the New York Immigration Coalition, and CUNY.

debate watch party Mayoral Candidates Face Off In Final Debate: Heres Where And How To Watch

If you’d like to view the debate with your fellow New Yorkers at a watch party, you can. Transportation Alternatives has a debate watch party at the 78th Street plaza in Jackson Heights, Queens. You can watch out debate, get some food and register to vote there. The watch party starts at 5 p.m., just RSVP via Facebook .

New Yorkers will cast their votes in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.

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New York attack suspect Sayfullo Saipov charged with terrorism

The suspect in Tuesday’s deadly New York City truck attack appears to have been inspired by violent Isis videos depicting beheadings and shootings, according to prosecutors.

Sayfullo Saipov was taken to the New York federal courthouse in a wheelchair, handcuffed and with his feet shackled on Wednesday, shortly after the charges were announced at a press conference.

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