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.


Welcome to the
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
Submitted by: Jack M. from NYC
Sept. 27, 2017, 7:36 p.m.
Issue area: Health

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

How will you protect immigrants here from deportation by Trump administration?

The arrest & deportation of innocent immigrants is racist, un-American and unconstitutional. We must protect our immigrants; we all live here harmoniously; we are all immigrants originally.

Submitted by: Marija S. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 1:49 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Submitted by: Michele L. from CA
Oct. 3, 2017, 11:58 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice

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
Submitted by: Ronald B. from TX
Sept. 30, 2017, 6:54 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community

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 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

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 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

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

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

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