Democratic presidential candidates are just hours away from squaring off for their first debate, with the top contenders, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, finally bracing for their debut face-to-face showdown after months of circling each other from a distance.

Here’s more of what to expect from the debate at the Wynn Casino in Las Vegas, and here’s some Democratic debate Bingo to keep you amused during the show.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries endorsed Clinton for president and said Sanders will never win the White House because he’s a self-described socialist.

Jeffries, a Brooklyn Democrat rumored to be considering a primary challenge to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2017, also chastised his fellow Democrat today for his many forays out of the five boroughs.

GOP 2016 frontrunner Donald Trump will host “Saturday Night Live” on Nov. 7.

JCOPE plans to offer six months of amnesty starting Jan. 1 to “encourage lobbyists and clients of lobbyists” to file with the watchdog group.

Thanks to his “yes” vote on the Iran nuclear deal, Rep. Jerry Nadler could face a (rare, but likely survivable) primary challenge next year, making for a potentially messy race.

Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst has picked up the backing of Democratic Reps. Kathleen Rice and Carolyn Maloney, in her bid to challenge Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin in NY-1 next year.

Buffalo School Board Member Carl Paladino is recommending that the district tighten up its attendance policy, including going after parents for failing to ensure their children are in class.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is going to be the special guest at the Nassau County Democrats’ annual fall fundraiser on Oct. 20.

Sen. Dean Skelos is becoming an issue in the race for Nassau County DA, with the acting Democratic incumbent, Madeline Singas unveiling a new TV ad linking her GOP opponent Kate Murray to the indicted former majority leader.

AG Eric Schneiderman’s office has been investigating alleged bid rigging at the Erie County Department of Public Works since at least March. County Executive Mark Poloncarz, who is seeking re-election this fall, told City & State that the only investigation into the department that he is aware of stems from actions during 2010 and 2011, which predate his administration.

The state will replace North Country transmission lines to update connections between the New York and Vermont electrical grid, and also start a separate, years-long process to upgrade the infrastructure supporting the transmission lines that connect to a hydropower dam.

While SUNY Downstate Medical was cheering the earnings successes of graduates from its undergrad programs — it was named among the top in the county by the US Department of Education — PEF is waving a red flag, saying that the SUNY Board of Trustees has “decimated” the school’s clinical capabilities in recent years.

Ruth Messinger, a former NYC Councilwoman and onetime mayoral candidate who transformed the American Jewish World Service into a fundraising powerhouse and became one of the most vocal human-rights advocates on hot-button issues like the genocide in Sudan and gay rights in Uganda, will step down from the job this summer.

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is quoted by a television station that he is not expecting any layoffs at GlobalFoundries’ Essex Junction computer chip factory known as Fab 9. That comes as somewhat of a surprise.

Assemblyman José Rivera’s spokesman Mike Nieves said the longtime Bronx Democrat has no plans to retire and those spreading rumors about the Rivera family’s plans should call him directly instead of gossiping.

RIP WRGB CBS 6 News anchor Ed O’Brien.