In case you may be wondering why there is an empty chair next to State Senator Adriano Espaillat, the empty seat represents Congressman Rangel who at the last minute ducked this debate. Bronxtalk host Gary Axelbank (left) is explaining to State Senator Adriano Espaillat and Michael Walrond candidates for the 13th Congressional district that after having all parties involved to a mutual date and time for a taping of the debate that Congressman Rangel's camp had sent him an e-mail that Congressman Rangel would not be able to make the taping due to a scheduling conflict. Axelbank let the viewers know that this was not fair to them, and that two years ago Congressman Rangel pulled the same stunt by cancelling at the last minute. The debate however went on as scheduled with as you see in the photo above an empty chair representing Congressman Rangel.
Host Gary Axelbank had excellent questions for the two candidates mostly pertaining to the Bronx, which apparently Congressman Rangel knows little of. When asked both said that they would have a Bronx district office, and both wondered why Congressman Rangel did not. During the show State Senator Espaillat seemed to be getting the best of his challenger Michael Walrond who was agreeing most of the time with what the senator was saying. You have to watch the show which will air on Monday night June 16th on channel 67 on Cablevision or channel 33 on Verizon Fios starting at 9 PM. and repeated throughout the week at various times. you can also go to Bronxtalk on the Bronxnet website .
Left and Right - After the debate both candidate who appeared on the show answer questions from the group of reporters that were in the audience.