A coalition of nine upstate New York Republican county chairs are calling for an upstate focused debate between incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo and Republican challenger Mark Molinaro.

“The first debate entirely skipped the issues important to upstate voters, the hardships our region faces and the solutions the candidates would offer,” said Steuben County Republican Chairman Joseph Sempolinski said in a release from the coalition.

Cuomo and Molinaro sat down for their first and only scheduled debate on Tuesday, hosted by CBS2 in New York City.

“Often times it appears Governor Cuomo forgets we exist in upstate New York,” said Monroe County Republican and 1st Vice State Chairman Bill Reilich. “We deserve answers about what has happened over the last eight years and we deserve to hear the vision of the two candidates on where they think our state will be going over the next four years'', the release continued.

Additionally, the group is calling for upstate NY Democratic leaders to join their call for another debate.

Thus far, the nine GOP county committee leaders are from Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, Allegany, Steuben, Seneca, Schuyler, Livingston and Yates counties.

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