Runoff races in NYC

September 29, 2009 1:06:33 PM PDT
They are the second and third most important elected offices in New York City. And tonight we'll find out who will fill those seats for the next four years.

Judging by what has been an anemic turnout for these elections, you wouldn't know that the offices of Public Advocate and Comptroller were that big a deal. But they are, and it's worse-than-sad that so few New Yorkers will determine who wins those positions.

But we're going to be covering these races, tonight at 11 - covering them thoroughly. There's simply too much at stake not to. We have Eyewitness News reporters at all the candidates' headquarters - Comptroller candidates John Liu and David Yassky, and Public Advocate candidates Mark Green and Bill deBlasio.

We're also dissecting the future of health care reform tonight, after the Senate Finance Committee voted against creating the so-called "public option" - a new government health insurance plan that would have competed with the private market and, more importantly, guaranteed health care for more than 46 million Americans who have no insurance.

The vote was 15-to-8, and likely foreshadows the fate of this public option in the whole Senate.

It is a huge defeat for liberals in the Senate - and for Pres. Obama.

One has to wonder if one day we'll look back at all this horror that so many millions of people are without health care. I'm just sayin'.

So many Americans many have no health care, but man-oh-man do we take care of our pets. Carolina Leid tonight looks at the latest trend in animal health care: flu shots for dogs.

Also at 11, we're following developments in the stabbing death of a young man out front of the Farley Post Office in Midtown Manhattan. They have arrested the man they believe did it, but the questions abound as to why. Why would a man be killed for accidentally bumping into a stranger?

Speaking of crime - it continues apace, alarmingly, in the city of Yonkers, where two men were shot last night, bringing to 44 the number of shooting victims this year.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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