The Democratic candidates for public advocate will face off in an official debate airing live on NBC 4 New York and NBCNewYork.com
Sunday, less than two weeks before the primary.
The public advocate is the city's ombudsman, and is second in line to the mayor. The Sept. 10 primary is likely to be the deciding vote for public advocate, because there is no Republican contender for the November general election.
The candidates who met the criteria to participate in Sunday's 90-minute faceoff are Deputy Public Advocate and former Wall Street lawyer Reshma Saujani, State Sen. Daniel Squadron, City Councilwoman Letitia James and university professor Catherine Guerriero.
A recent NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal poll found more than half of Democrats said they were undecided. James had an apparent lead with 16 percent of respondents' support, while her closest rival was Guerriero at 12 percent. Squadron had 9 percent and Saujani had 3 percent.
The official debate series is administered by the New York City Campaign Finance Board. NBC 4 New York, The Wall Street Journal and Telemundo Nueva York are sponsors. Sunday's debate will also be broadcast on WOR 710 AM radio.
NBC 4 New York is also sponsoring and airing the top contender Democratic mayoral debate at 7 p.m. on Sept. 3, the top contender Republican mayoral debate at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 8 and the final general election mayoral debate at 7 p.m. on Oct. 29.
Published at 11:14 AM EDT on Aug 23, 2013 | Updated at 10:22 AM EDT on Aug 25, 2013