Republican John Burnett called Democrat Scott Stringer too political for the job of New York City comptroller in the only televised debate between the candidates, while Stringer, invoking the federal government shutdown in Washington, accused Burnett's party of "trying to put New Yorkers out of business."

Stringer and Burnett, in an open-seat race, are vying for the office that oversees the city's bond program and five pension funds valued at $140 billion, and audits city agencies, among other tasks.

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