Michael Lawler, the manager for Republican Rob Astorino’s gubernatorial campaign, has sent his counterpart, Joe Percoco, a letter formally requesting debates.

Lawler, in the letter, notes that Astorino earlier this summer had called for a series of regional debates with Cuomo, and adds the “offer still stands.”

From the letter:

“When asked about debates recently, the Governor stated that he will “leave that to the campaigns to work through and my campaign will be talking to my rivals’ campaigns and they’ll figure it out, I’m sure.” Based on his comments, I wanted to reach out to you directly and get the ball rolling. Several weeks ago, County Executive Astorino proposed that he and Governor Cuomo do a series of eight regional debates so that they may discuss the issues not only affecting New York State as a whole, but issues unique to the voters in each region. That offer still stands.

The letter comes after Cuomo, along with his running mate, former Rep. Kathy Hochul, were invited to a televised debate by Time Warner Cable News and NY1 with their primary opponents, Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu.

Neither Cuomo or Hochul committed to the debate invitations.

Cuomo debated in 2010 alongside a host of candidates in an event that devolved into a circus-like atomsphere. Astorino has said he does not want a debate that includes multiple candidates, just a one-on-one forum with him and Cuomo.

Letter to Joe Percoco by Nick Reisman