WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The Business Council of Westchester has announced it will host a debate between Republican incumbent County Executive Robert Astorino and Democratic challenger and New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson Oct. 2 at the Reckson Metro Center in White Plains.
The debate will be moderated by Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion at Marist College, and a member of the political science faculty at the college.
"We are delighted to have Lee Miringoff, one of the nation’s leading political pollsters, as our moderator for this important debate,” Marsha Gordon, president and CEO of the Business Council of Westchester, said in a statement. “Lee’s track record for accuracy and fairness is well regarded at the highest levels of national politics. Having someone of Lee’s stature involved with this debate emphasizes how important this is to our county and democratic process.”
Even with the election still months away, the rhetoric has become heated between the two candidates. Bramson has been critical of Astorino for failing to present tangible goals for land use, economic development, environmental protection and social services reform, according to theexaminernews.com.
Bramson, 46, has served as the mayor of New Rochelle for eight years and has been on the attack to unseat Astorino for months.
Astorino's campaign has started off strong in the financial area, raising more than twice the amount of Bramson's campaign, according to lohud.com.