When Comptroller Candidates Attack

Early on the morning of June 16, Melinda Katz, John Liu, David Weprin and David Yassky, the four Democratic candidates hoping to succeed Bill Thompson as city comptroller, gathered in the CUNY Graduate Center in Midtown and attempted to add zest to talk about municipal finance.
The forum was the candidates’ first and last chance to debate each other directly, and they wasted no time in setting themselves apart from their fellow candidates and scuffling directly with one another.
Before the debate began, Liu set what proved to be the sometimes edgy tone of the morning by thanking the moderators, Edward-Isaac Dovere of City Hall and Michael Scotto of NY1, for allowing the four candidates to appear onstage together.