Abdelazim Calls For Debate With Preston

By Adam Chick

September 25, 2012 Updated Sep 25, 2012 at 6:20 PM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Democratic Candidate for Broome County Executive Tarik Abdelazim reaches out to Executive Debbie Preston for a televised debate.

The two candidates for Broome County Executive did have a debate last week, however media who attended were told to turn off their cameras.

Tarik Abdelazim reached out to Debbie Preston on Monday regarding a potential debate Wednesday.
He says an open debate might uncover what this election is all about.

"To suggest that you're busy until December 1, I don't think is a great excuse and many people were offended by that. When you have the President of the United States that can make time for three televised debates, I think most citizens are smart enough to realize the county executive should also do the same," said Abdelazim.

In a response, Preston's campaign manager Bijoy Datta released this statement:

"As the leader of the County with a $365 million budget and 2,200 employees, she literally receives five to ten new invitations to events every single day. We're working on the schedule to see if we can participate in more candidate events, forums or debates in the coming weeks. Certainly nothing is off the table."

Abdelazim has started what he calls "People's Town Halls" to invite residents to discuss his plans and ideas.

He's invited Preston to attend all of the events and debate with him.

Preston has accepted an invitation to the Greater Binghamton Association of Realtors Candidates Forum on October 10.

But forums aren't technically debates.