The third and final presidential debate of the campaign will be held tonight at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida – an important swing state.

(As usual, YNN and NY1 will be carrying the event live, starting at 9 p.m.)

Tonight’s focus is foreign policy. The moderator is Bob Schieffer of CBS News.

Expect to hear a lot of record touting from Obama – “we got Bin Laden” etc. – and a lot of disputing the president’s record from Romney, who has likely refined his talking points on Libya since the last debate at Hofstra.

In advance of the debate, the Obama campaign released a memo from his debate prep partner/2004 Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. John Kerry, explaining why Romney “fails the commander-in-chief test.”

There’s also a new TV ad to go with that memo.

At least two New Yorkers will be on hand in spin alley after the debate: Former Gov. George Pataki for Mitt Romney and Queens Rep. Greg Meeks for President Obama.

Meanwhile, back home in New York…

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany. He’ll hold a cabinet meeting in the Capitol’s Red Room at noon.

At 11 a.m., LG Bob Duffy delivers remarks at the MTA’s dedication of Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel in honor of the late Gov. Hugh L. Carey. Trinity Place and Greenwich Street, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., US Sen. Chuck Schumer will hold a rally in support of Rochester icon Hickey Freeman and pledge to fight to preserve its 450 jobs following news that its parent company, HMX Group, has filed for bankruptcy.

US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and state Sen. Diane Savino will visit a Staten Island senior center and call on Congress to reauthorize and expand the Older Americans Act. New Lane Senior Center, 70 New Lane, 10:30 a.m.

At 2:30 p.m., Gillibrand and Assemblywoman Grace Meng (NY-6 candidate) will visit Selfhelp Community Services Inc.’s Benjamin Rosenthal Prince Street Innovative Senior Center; 42-25 Kissena Blvd., Queens.

Gillibrand’s opponent, Wendy Long, does a slew of radio interviews today (WOR’s John Gambling, 7:10 a.m.; AM 970’s Curtis Sliwa, 8:25 a.m.; WSYR’s the Bob Lonsberry Show at 5 p.m.), meets with the Syracuse Post Standard editorial board at attends the CNY Conservative Party dinner with Ambassador John Bolton, Liverpool Holiday Inn, 5:30 p.m.

Members of Cuomo’s New NY Education Reform Commission will meet from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Rochester City Hall, City Council Chambers 3rd Floor, 30 Church Street, Rochester.


Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer returned to Albany for the first time since a prostitution scandal forced his resignation in March 2008.

He was in town to host a fundraiser for WAMC Northeast Public Radio.

Spitzer explained his new approach when it comes to Cuomo thusly: “I don’t think it’s my place to grade people…I have disagreed with the governor in certain policy arenas, that has been clear over time, but I always try to do it respectfully.”

Asked if he plans to run for public office again, Spitzer joked he has been “elected dog walker in my own house,” and didn’t 100 percent rule out a future campaign.

The New York Times endorsed five Democrats in contested New York House races: Mark Murphy (NY-11), Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Dan Maffei (NY-24), Rep. Louise Slaughter (NY-25) and Rep. Kathy Hochul (NY-27).

Sen. Mark Grisanti insists he’s not receiving special attention or protection from his colleagues during this campaign, but Senate GOP leaders say re-electing him is “critical” to maintaining the majority.

Economic issues — the property-tax cap, mandate relief, job creation and whether to increase the minimum wage — are driving the top races for control of the state Senate in the November elections.

Two outside groups, one started by a son of the billionaire financier George Soros and the other by the husband of the Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, are preparing to spend at least $600,000 on two Senate races to make campaign finance reform a more prominent issue.

Assemblyman Keith Wright, the co-chairman of the state Democratic Party, owes NYC $224,410 in fines for illegally hanging campaign posters on city property. Wright said he’s trying to settle what he considers an “unconstitutional” debt.

NYC Councilman Dan Halloran released an internal poll that shows him within the margin of error against his Democratic NY-6 opponent, Assemblywoman Meng. Romney leads Obama in the district, 46-43, with 11 percent undecided.

The TU questions the new state-run NYRA board, which, in a “bait-and-switch,” is dominated by members of the old board.

Ken Lovett writes: “Here’s another way of looking at the Yankees’ playoff debacle: The Curse of the Cuomos lives on!”

Anti-fracking activists have distributed 140,000 photos of a West Virginia coal mine, falsely – or mistakenly – claiming it’s a natural gas drilling site.

The DN’s Mike Lupica thinks Bloomberg “looks bigger than he ever has, unafraid of anybody or anything,” sounding wistful about the mayor’s never-realized White House run.

The NY Post continues to rail against Cuomo’s “endless stall” on fracking.

Buffalo was named 2012’s 10th most dangerous city in America this past week by Forbes magazine.

Angus King, the Independent candidate for U.S. Senate in Maine, was surprised to learn he would be assisted by Bloomberg’s new Super PAC.

Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life after the International Cycling Union said this morning it has ratified the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s sanctions.