Scott Stringer (D) and Michel J. Faulkner (R) went head-to-head to answer YOUR questions in a groundbreaking Open Debate moderated by NY1’s Errol Louis, and co-hosted by the Open Debate Coalition, NY1, Civic Hall, Politico, WNYC (NPR), Citizens Union, Intelligence Squared, and the Latino Leadership Institute.


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NYC Open Debates

Ask the candidates for NYC Mayor, Comptroller, and Public Advocate about the issues that are most important to you -- then vote and tell others! Watch the Open Debate for NYC Mayor right here on Tuesday, October 10, at 7:00 pm EDT. 50% of the questions will be chosen from among those that receive the most votes online. NOTE: Questions must not name or allude to any candidate and must be able to be posed to any candidate.
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Would you support a ban on assault weapons?

Would you support a ban on assault weapons, both automatic and semi-automatic? If not, why? Why would an honest American need an assault weapon simply for self defense?

Submitted by: Christine W. from NYC
Oct. 6, 2017, 11 a.m.
Issue area: Health

How do we get politicians to enact real campaign finance reform?

How do we get the same politicians that benefit from citizens united to vote to repeal it?

Submitted by: Charles J. from WI
Oct. 5, 2017, 2:18 p.m.
Issue area: Ethics & Transparency

What are you going to do about gun violence and the mass shootings ?

People are getting killed everyday by some mentally deranged evil person who is a socialpath. We need to protect ourselves,families friends and kids NOW. Not tomorrow or in the future.

Submitted by: Samantha V. from NY
Oct. 5, 2017, 6:29 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice
Submitted by: Jack M. from NYC
Sept. 27, 2017, 7:36 p.m.
Issue area: Health

How will you end overpolicing & criminalization of poor &/or black/Latinx NYers?

In a report published with the Drug Policy Alliance, professor Harry Levine states “It’s essentially Jim Crow police enforcement. One set of laws for white people, one set of laws for people of color"

Submitted by: Marsha J. from NYC
Oct. 5, 2017, 5:13 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice

How will you lead NYC in a transition to 100 percent renewable energy?

Climate change is here and now. 10/29 is the 5th anniversary of Sandy, which I lived through. Recent storms are tragic reminders of our need to get off fossil fuels. NYC can and should lead the way!

Submitted by: Eric W. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 1:26 p.m.
Issue area: Environment

Why isn't there some sort of alarm with numerous guns are purchased by one?

It seems to me that when anyone has the amount of guns Paddock had there should be some sort of alert that goes off. I had a conceal permit for years but feel 47 guns is a sign of trouble.

Submitted by: Connie C. from MA
Oct. 4, 2017, 1:50 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice

When are we going to enforce "separation of church and state"?

Seems to me the lines have been blurred, if not outright steamrolled.

Submitted by: Mary L. from TX
Oct. 5, 2017, 3:45 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community

Do you believe science should play a greater role in public policy than ideology

If science tells us something inconvenient in regards to your already formed opinions, do you believe your opinions should change?

Submitted by: Matthew S. from NM
Oct. 5, 2017, 6:27 p.m.
Issue area: Environment

Will you support TERM LIMITS for all members of Congress (both houses)?

This would bring back representation by the people for the people and rid us of current corruption, crime and lying by Congressmen(politicians)!

Submitted by: Bruce C P. from WY
Oct. 5, 2017, 6:41 p.m.
Issue area: Ethics & Transparency

Do you support going beyond decriminalization to the legalization of marijuana?

Of New York City’s 76 neighborhood police precincts, 37 neighborhoods are majority black & Latinx. These have about 1/2 the city’s population but provide 66% of marijuana arrests--92% are black/Latinx

Submitted by: Marsha J. from NYC
Oct. 5, 2017, 5:21 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice

How will you continue to stop discrimination towards blacks, gays, muslim, etc?

Since 19, I was a Christian Republican until I found that Democrats do a better job at trying to protect/help every individual as I believe Jesus would want it no matter race, sexual orientation, etc.

Submitted by: Natasha M. from KS
Oct. 5, 2017, 5:51 p.m.
Issue area: Ethics & Transparency

Why does the minimum wage not raise with the cost of living?

I work full time, I'm a single mother of two and cannot afford to live on my own. My income does not support the costs I have to live with daily.

Submitted by: siobhan m. from PA
Oct. 5, 2017, 3:45 p.m.
Issue area: Jobs & the Economy

Will you make sure NYC purchases power from the upcoming Offshore Wind farm?

NYC helped to deny a liquefied natural gas port off the coast of the Rockaways that would block the development of renewable offshore wind. Now wind is here! NYC must commit to purchase it.

Submitted by: Kim F. from NYC
Oct. 9, 2017, 1:55 p.m.
Issue area: Environment
Submitted by: Michele L. from CA
Oct. 3, 2017, 11:58 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice

What will you do to create real accountability from the NYPD?

New Yorkers of all backgrounds are demanding it.

Submitted by: Briar W. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 8:35 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice

How will you fix the school-2-prison pipeline &its impact on black/Latinx youth?

According to attorney Andrea Ritchie, "What happens behind school doors often mirrors what happens on the streets in the context of broken windows and gang policing in the community".

Submitted by: Marsha J. from NYC
Oct. 5, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
Issue area: Education

Do you feel judges should be held accountable like other public officials?

Judges are the only public officials who enjoy immunity from being sued, yet decisions without a jury trial can be based on bias, prejudice, and be contrary to the law. (I have personal experience)

Submitted by: Anthony P. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 1:41 p.m.
Issue area: Ethics & Transparency

The homeless problem is out of control - what will you do to to manage it?

I work on 34th st and people are setting up mattresses and living in doorways . I've taken pictures because it is so much worse than its ever been.

Submitted by: Maryjane N. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 1:13 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community

What is your plan for affordable housing for the middle class??

Theres some affordable housing for very low income individuals but not for the middle class. Finding an affordable apartment is impossible and may lead to my having to relocate which I dont want to do

Submitted by: Karen S. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 10:18 a.m.
Issue area: Housing
Submitted by: Ronald B. from TX
Sept. 30, 2017, 6:54 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community

What is your plan to make reentry services for the formerly incarcerated better?

Many formerly incarcerated persons after doing decades in prison are being placed in shelters, due to lack of safe housing, and conducive programs for reentry.

Submitted by: Victor P. from NYC
Oct. 3, 2017, 7:44 a.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice

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