Yonkers City Council president debate becomes heated

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The candidates for Yonkers City Council president went head to head in a heated debate Monday night.

Mike Khader (D), a first time candidate, took on long time Republican incumbent Liam McLaughlin at the event hosted by the League of Women Voters at Sarah Lawrence College.

With just 15 days before Election Day, the two candidates touched on issues chosen by the audience, including education, development within the city, and tax breaks. "You want a tax break, give something back, build a park...build a recreation center," Khader said. "He wants to talk about giving tax breaks to developers -- it's complete nonsense," countered McLaughlin. "Any breaks that come, come at the state level."

The candidates also spoke about education, sending sparks flying and causing the gavel to come down. The attacks turned personal and the candidates became combative. "He was found to have lied in his campaign literature over and over again," charged McLaughlin.  "He's a bully, he's a career politician that doesn't know,” slammed back Khader.

Both men work as attorneys and hail from Yonkers. They encouraged residents to head to the polls come Election Day.

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