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August 18, 2009 / Brooklyn news / Politics / Election Coverage

‘Debate Week’ continues with a fight to succeed DeBlasio

The Brooklyn Paper

The Brooklyn Paper and Brooklyn Independent Television’s “Debate Week” continues with an exciting forum on the BCAT TV Network — a battle featuring the five men who hope to succeed Bill DeBlasio and represent Kensington, Windsor Terrace, Park Slope and parts of Gowanus, Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill in the City Council.

The 9 pm cablecast includes all candidates for the seat — John Heyer, Gary Reilly, Josh Skaller, Brad Lander and Bob Zuckerman — and is moderated by Brooklyn Paper Editor Gersh Kuntzman with Courier Life reporter Tom Tracy.

The taping last week featured lots of fireworks — including Skaller and Lander going at it over allegations that Lander is whipping up public school parents by hyping the fact that Skaller sends his kid to private school.

And who doesn’t love hearing John Heyer talk about how he favors equal nuptial rights for gays and lesbians, yet opposes gay marriage?

Check it out tonight on the BCAT TV Network, which is channel 56 on Time Warner customers and channel 69 for Cablevision subscribers.

In addition, it will be available online starting on Wednesday at and the Community Newspaper Group’s new political Web site

“Debate Week” continues all week with these other candidate conflagrations:

City Council District 45 (currently held by Kendall Stewart): Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Comptroller (featuring Yassky, John Liu, Melinda Katz and David Weprin): Thursday, Aug. 20.

Public Advocate (featuring DeBlasio, Mark Green, Norman Siegel and Eric Gioia): Friday, Aug. 21 (repeated on Tuesday, Aug. 25).

Again, all cablecasts are at 9 pm and will be available online roughly 24 hours later.

Collect ’em all!

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Joe from Park Slope says:
Once again the brooklyn paper leaves out the other people in the debate tonight, george smith .....I feel everyone should be given a equal amount of press
Aug. 18, 2009, 11:27 am
Big V from Park Slope says:
George Smith? He's getting plenty of press in the Post today, complete with his mugshot and everything. The guy spent how long in jail? Oh well, I guess its hard to find Republican candidates for anything these days...
Aug. 18, 2009, 1:37 pm
Henry from Park slope says:
Everyone makes mistakes when they were young, thats why we live in America we all should be given a second shot in life.. yea he got locked up when he was young, but since then he became a very successful business owner and a very respected person throughout nyc.. i guess he cleaned his act up... thats what should have happen.. I was at the debate last night and he did a very good job
Aug. 19, 2009, 8:07 am
Ed from Park Slope says:
Henry from Park slope says: "Everyone makes mistakes when they were young, thats why we live in America we all should be given a second shot in life.. yea he got locked up when he was young ..."
OK, he did the time for impersonating a cop (twice) in the course of robbery. But what about the sex-abuse charges dating from last year? Whatever the truth of the situation, it doesn't make him an, ummm, ideal candidate at the moment.
Aug. 19, 2009, 12:57 pm

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