Gubernatorial Challengers Astorino and Teachout Debate to Air on PIX11

Gubernatorial Challengers Astorino and Teachout Debate to Air on PIX11

Gubernatorial Challengers Astorino and Teachout Debate to Air on PIX11
September 4, 2014

Saturday 10:30PM and Sunday 6AM
Moderated by PIX11’s Marvin Scott

New York, NY, September 4, 2014 - This Saturday and Sunday, PIX11 News and City & State will co-sponsor a debate between gubernatorial challengers Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Democratic Fordham Law Professor Zyphyr Teachout, who is challenging current Governor Andrew Cuomo in this Tuesday’s September 9th primary. An invitation was extended to Governor Cuomo to join in the debate but was not acknowledged.

The debate will be moderated by PIX11 “News Closeup” host Marvin Scott and feature esteemed panelists Jonathan Lentz, Albany Bureau Chief for City & State magazine, and Christina Greer, Professor of Political Science at Fordham University. 

Co-sponsored by PIX11, the flagship station of Tribune Broadcasting, and City & State, the only media company devoted solely to covering government and politics in New York, the debate will air Saturday at 10:30PM and be rebroadcasted Sunday at 6AM as part of PIX11’s weekly "PIX11 News Closeup" series. The debate will also be posted to

PIX11 Senior Correspondent Marvin Scott says, “It is important to air the issues so voters can be well informed before they make their decision.  It is most unfortunate that Governor Cuomo is not participating.”

City & State Publisher Andrew Holt says, “City & State is thrilled to continue our ongoing partnership with PIX11 by hosting the only on-camera debate of the gubernatorial season thus far. We are committed to providing the public with a thorough understanding of issues important to New York City and New York State, and providing a debate platform for two of our gubernatorial candidates helps voters make an informed decision.”



PIX11 NEWS CLOSEUP, now in its 22nd year, hosted by PIX11 Senior Correspondent Marvin Scott, is the recipient of numerous awards, including three Emmy Awards related to the weekly broadcast. Scott, who has hosted the program since its inception in 1993, has conducted over 3,000 interviews for the show. PIX11 NEWS CLOSEUP has a loyal following of viewers who either watch or record the program in its regular time period of Sundays at 6 a.m.

PIX11 NEWS CLOSEUP profiles newsmakers and issues that range from the debate over gun control, the economy, abuse of the elderly, and politics.  Political discussion has dominated many of the broadcasts over the past 21 years.  Guests who have appeared on the program comprise a virtual who’s who of political and community leaders from the New York, New Jersey area. New York Governors Hugh Carey, Mario Cuomo, George Pataki, and David Paterson have been guests, as have the Governors of New Jersey. New York City.  PIX11 NEWS CLOSEUP’s most frequent guests have been Congressmen Charlie Rangel and Peter King.  Senators Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand and Bob Menendez have also found the program to be a good forum for discussion. Non-politicians have also joined the program.  Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel made a special appearance this past year and read an emotional passage from his acclaimed book, “Night,” about his horror in a Nazi concentration camp. Comedic icon Jerry Lewis provided two candid and insightful interviews, one of which won a 2006 Emmy award for “Outstanding Entertainment Programming.”  Tom Cruise was featured in another program about his controversial detoxification program to help ailing Ground Zero workers. And Larry King reversed chairs to allow Marvin to fire off the questions for an enlightening interview. More information on PIX11 News Closeup can be found at


About PIX11

Founded in 1948 and owned by Tribune Broadcasting, a division of the Tribune Company, WPIX-TV (PIX11) has long been regarded as a groundbreaking station in New York. In 2006, PIX11 became the flagship station of the CW Television Network, and its successful primetime programming, award winning news, extensive library of hit movies, first-run programs, off-network sitcom favorites, quality children’s programming and public affairs shows, as well as outstanding event coverage, have contributed to the station’s success. PIX11 has earned over 270 Emmy® Awards including two for Outstanding Morning News Program and multiple Awards for Outstanding Newscast.  The station has been honored with numerous other awards for excellence in reporting, news coverage, public affairs, specials and features. In addition, PIX11 has been the broadcast home of the New York Mets since 1999. For more information, visit


About City & State

With its must-read morning and afternoon emails First Read and Last Read, its market-dominating magazine, its statewide events, its up-to-the-minute web presence and its exclusive City & State TV video interviews, City & State is the only media company devoted solely to covering government and politics in New York. City & State provides insightful and detailed coverage of the politics, the policies and influential organizations all over New York. For more information visit


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