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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What anti gun laws and pro gun laws have worked to deter violence of criminals?

I am a certified firearms instructor who wishes to have an open dialog about this issue. Too much have I encountered people who question my ability to defend myself and family.

Submitted by: Jeff T. from OR
Oct. 3, 2017, 3:16 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice

How do you plan to reduce the flood of trash in the most wasteful city on Earth?

Though it not the largest city, New York is the most wasteful city on Earth. Current policies are woefully inadequate. Will you commit to actual solutions like banning single use containers and cups?

Submitted by: Eric S. from NYC
Oct. 2, 2017, 9:40 p.m.
Issue area: Environment

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

How can existing affordable housing be maintained in NYC?

Landlords harrass rent-controlled/stabilized tenants so they can evict! My bldg went co-op with legal non-eviction plan for renters, & now us seniors get 3nd class repairs, disrespect from mgmt staff

Submitted by: Roseanne F. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 1:51 p.m.
Issue area: Housing

Why does confirmation bias drive interpretation of the 2nd Amendment?

The 2nd Amendment provides for gun ownership IN LIEU OF HAVING TO MAINTAIN A STANDING ARMY. That's ALL it does. It's not just unreasonable, but WRONG to keep quoting it out of context.

Submitted by: Hank I. from WA
Oct. 5, 2017, 3:16 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community

How will you protect immigrants, people of color, transgender, . . . from Trump?

He has given voice to KKK, white supremacists, energized the most extreme right (Nazis), and emboldened hate groups in general leading to a rise of attacks against minorities of all sorts.

Submitted by: Erica B. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 10:26 a.m.
Issue area: Society & Community

How would you control real estate developers in New York City, if at all?

Our public library buildings are being sold for less than the value of the land they sit on, and torn down, to allow developers to erect luxury condo high-rises, forcing many residents to leave.

Submitted by: Allison G. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 1:28 p.m.
Issue area: Housing

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

How do you feel about donald trumps gun carry law that could take effect?

This law would allow ANYONE from out of state who has a GUN CARRY PERMIT to come into nyc WITH their weapon. Do you think this is a good idea if not how will you try to block it??

Submitted by: Retu K. from NYC
Oct. 9, 2017, 9:04 a.m.
Issue area: Society & Community

WHY ARE THESE RIFLES ? There is no reason for their use !!! The rapid fire heard

on recordings of Las Vegas shooting suggested a fully automatic weapon, and police officers called it that on radio tra

Submitted by: J Z. from CA
Oct. 3, 2017, 10:35 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice

Do you support Intro385 requiring landlords to clean up asthma triggers (mold)?

Indoor allergens like mold & roaches contribute to asthma attacks, esp. among low-income NYC kids. Tenants across the city face landlords who refuse to do anything about it, and their health suffers.

Submitted by: Brooke H. from NYC
Oct. 6, 2017, 12:48 p.m.
Issue area: Health

What would you do to ensure that policy decisions are based on real evidence?

To clarify, "real evidence" means examples from other communities, peer-reviewed research, or similar, as opposed to basing decisions primarily on personal opinions

Submitted by: Josh F. from PA
Oct. 4, 2017, 2:10 p.m.
Issue area: Ethics & Transparency

Do you support Sanctuary Cities? If so, how do you justify this lawless action?

We have the Rule of Law to abide by yet some cities (NYC included) are currently aiding and abetting illegal aliens. Is it OK to pick and choose which laws to enforce and which ones to ignore?

Submitted by: Concerned O. from NJ
Sept. 29, 2017, 3 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice

Would you support a municipal bank to fund jobs and transition to green energy?

I've worked on a project for municipal banking. A crisis for financial capitalism can be a moment to initiate more sustainable system that works for human needs and not those of vulture capitalists.

Submitted by: Nikhil S. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 1:28 p.m.
Issue area: Jobs & the Economy

What are your thoughts on apprenticeship programs for students vs a 4yr college?

The average student walks out of a 4 year college/univeristy being $37,000 in debt. Is it time to rethink traditional 4 year institutions?

Submitted by: Graeme Y. from TN
Oct. 3, 2017, 7:42 p.m.
Issue area: Education

What plans would you have for making sure that the schools in this City improve?

The city schools have begun to slip back to the point where a decent education is hard if not impossible. We ended up moving to Westchester so I could get a better chance as a special needs student.

Submitted by: Gregg L. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 1:07 p.m.
Issue area: Education

How will you help disabled people function and travel without undue obstacles?

Very few subway stations are accessible and elevators are frequently out of service. Sloppy construction sites and uneven sidewalks make it impossible for a wheelchair or impaired people to navigate.

Submitted by: Marianne M. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 1:47 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community

Do you agree tax cuts to poor and mid.class would grow the economy faster?

When the poor and middle class have more money, they spend it (usually locally) which gives an immediate boost to the economy.

Submitted by: Nancy H. from CA
Oct. 7, 2017, 2:56 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

If elected will you vote your conscience or party line? Will you represent ALL?

So often candidates say whatever it takes to get in, then their personal agenda becomes their focus instead of the Will of the people that voted for them. We need OUTSIDE THE BOX THINKERS.

Submitted by: Willie Mae W. from TX
Sept. 29, 2017, 8:06 a.m.
Issue area: Ethics & Transparency

Do you believe in reforming voting to allow open primaries in New York State?

Having closed primaries in the 2016 presidential election kept millions of registered Independents from casting votes. We need more flexibility to chose candidates based on the issues not a party.

Submitted by: Kimberly S. from NY
Sept. 28, 2017, 11:06 p.m.
Issue area: Ethics & Transparency

How would you protect net neutrality for NYC?

Net neutrality is seen by most as a potential civil rights issue if it is not upheld and protected; your stance and initiative on this issue will matter as a candidate

Submitted by: Alexandra S. from CA
Sept. 29, 2017, 4:36 p.m.
Issue area: Transportation, Infrastructure, & Technology

Do you support bill 0800, which bans pesticides from the city parks?

My friend was sickened when sprayed with Malathion. Glyphosate, 2-4 D and other herbicides, insecticides, etc are dangerous. The school community support the bill as well as parents and physicI

Submitted by: Anne L. from NYC
Sept. 27, 2017, 7:24 p.m.
Issue area: Environment

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