Campaigns Hold Debate "Viewing Parties"

October 18, 2010 Updated Oct 18, 2010 at 11:34 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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October 18, 2010 Updated Oct 18, 2010 at 11:34 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) Commentary, reaction, and thoughts on Monday's debate was about as mixed as the selection of candidates that took part in it. Supporters of Republican Carl Paladino and Democrat Andrew Cuomo held viewing parties to watch their candidates take the stage at Hofstra University via television.

At the Giacomo Hotel in Niagara Falls supporters of Carl Paladino eagerly watched their candidate get down to the issues.

"Not what you hear in the papers about his daughter or any of the other issues that aren't pertinent to the campaign. It's the issues. And where Paladino is going to go with the plans when he becomes Governor. That's what I want the people to hear," said Paladino supporter Candra Thomason.

The normally fiery Paladino seemed calmer to many of his supporters, ready to get down to business of fixing government. Ralph Aversa knows Paladino personally, and said it's a good tactic. "I think that Carl has learned to value toning things down from time to time. But that fire still exists in his belly to be a successful governor, and i think people will see that."

Across town in Cheektowaga a viewing party was held by Democrats and those who favored Andrew Cuomo.

"Mr. Paladino seems to be a lot of hot air and no concrete ideas whereas Mr. Cuomo seems to have concrete ideas and solutions," concerned citizen Bob Hellwitz said.

Many of those in attendance said Cuomo far exceeded all other candidates. Erie County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz spoke out for Cuomo Monday night. "He's the only person on that stage that has a real plan to fix what's happening in New York State and I think it's quite evident that the people will elect Andrew Cuomo because he's the only individual that knows what needs to be done for New York State and has the experience to do it."

And with the highly anticipated debate over, only two weeks remain before voters have the final say.