FILE - In this combination photo, New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro, left, speaks at a news conference in New York on Sept. 14, 2018, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right, speaks a news conference in in Tarrytown; N.Y., on May 8, 2018. Cuomo and Molinaro are poised to debate Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 in New York City in their only showdown scheduled before the Nov. 6 election election. (AP Photos/Bebeto Matthews, left, and Julio Cortez, Files)

Cuomo, Molinaro to spar in NY gov race's only planned debate

October 23, 2018 - 12:14 am

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Republican challenger Marc Molinaro are poised to debate in their only showdown scheduled before next month's election.

Tuesday's debate at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City will be broadcast at 7 p.m. on CBS affiliates around the state. Upstate viewers should check local times.

Cuomo, seeking a third term, is far ahead of Molinaro in the polls and in fundraising.

Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive, has criticized Cuomo for his handling of the economy, taxes and political corruption. Cuomo has sought to link Molinaro to President Donald Trump, saying Republicans can't be trusted to run the state.

The debate won't feature the three third-party candidates: Libertarian Larry Sharpe, Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins or ex-Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, an independent.