With just weeks to go before Election Day, NY1 and the Staten Island Advance are partnering to host a series of debates to spotlight the Staten Island races this election cycle.
The first debate features the candidates for the 62nd Assembly District on the South Shore.
Republican Joe Borelli is facing Democrat Anthony Mascolo for the seat being vacated by Republican Lou Tobacco.
Borelli is the chief of staff for City Councilman Vincent Ignizio and touts his experience working in city government.
But Mascolo, a trial attorney, says he doesn't want to be a career politician and will act in the best interest of residents, not his political career.
The men agreed on topics of gun control and revisiting the issue of Staten Island secession but disagreed on whether a proposed observation wheel to be built near the Staten Island ferry terminal will actually boost tourism.
"If someone wants to come into our community and invest private dollars and rent space from the city to build something new that might be catchy, that might get people off the ferry boat, I think it's great," Borelli said.
"I think it's an ill-conceived project to bring that will not bring people to Staten Island," said Mascolo.
Staten Island viewers can watch the debate in its entirety on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and again on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Time Warner Cable customers elsewhere in the city can watch the debates online starting Friday at 7 p.m.