New York City Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, right, speaks as Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio listens during the second of three debates prior to the Nov. 5 general election, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/ Kathy Willens, Pool)
The final mayoral debate between Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota has been moved from Tuesday to Wednesday night after the candidates requested the change in order to observe the anniversary of Sandy.
The Campaign Finance Board, which administers the debate program, announced the move after the candidates issued a joint statement.
"This day should be marked with solemn reflection and remembrance," de Blasio and Lhota said.
The storm killed 44 New Yorkers and devastated communities throughout the city.
Rescheduling the debate that was set in June, they said, "is the most respectful and appropriate way to honor the memories of those who were lost, and to stand with those who are still struggling to recover."
The 90-minute debate is sponsored by NBC 4 New York, Telemundo Nueva York, and The Wall Street Journal.