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 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

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

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

Where do you stand on the privatization of NYCHA public housing?

Both the NextGen plan and the Infil plan will displace up to 600,000 residents of NYCHA housing. Where are these folks supposed to go? Why have there been little or no public hearings?

Submitted by: Marian Rich
Sept. 28, 2017, 1:53 p.m.
Issue area: Housing

Why isn't any of the candidates embracing NYC22 (c)?

I am a father of a child with disabilities. For those of us with a life-time commitment to disabled children, affordable housing is needed -- some are at the brink of permanent displacement.

Submitted by: John C. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Issue area: Housing

Where do you stand on community-based zoning?

Current zoning does not reflect local community needs because the process is top-down. Neighborhoods are being destroyed and community voices ignored.

Submitted by: Karen Stamm from NYC
Sept. 27, 2017, 7:32 p.m.
Issue area: Housing

Stop gentrification! Specific,define affordable housing for current residents?

In Harlem I see deliberate destruction of my community. All NY'ers are at the mercy of developers & realtors.The fabric of communities nationwide are being destroyed for developer's profit. Stop them!

Submitted by: Francine B. from NYC
Sept. 29, 2017, 12:22 p.m.
Issue area: Housing

Why is NYCHA and the City putting out the working poor?

I’m a resident of Ocean Bay Projects in Far Rockaway. I’m witnessing evictions of many neighbors due to RAD (HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program). Why was there no transparency?

Submitted by: Brenda T. from NYC
Oct. 4, 2017, 2:49 p.m.
Issue area: Housing

What will you do to create homeownership opportunities for the middle-class?

I'm 28 and I was born and raised in Harlem. The asking price for the majority of condos/co-ops is well over $1 million. I'm under the belief that if I can't buy into Harlem I too will be priced out.

Submitted by: Shane P. from NYC
Oct. 9, 2017, 8:12 p.m.
Issue area: Housing

How do you plan to ensure safe and affordable housing for older NYers?

I'd like the new mayor to commit to making NYCHA housing safer. There are proposals seeking funding to do so awaiting. I am a member of the AIA NY Design for Aging Committee

Submitted by: Gail R. from NYC
Oct. 10, 2017, 9:16 a.m.
Issue area: Housing
Submitted by: Benjamin W. from NYC
Oct. 5, 2017, 1:22 p.m.
Issue area: Housing

More sober living homes are needed, how do you intend on providing?

My son is an addict and probably still would be if we hadn't sent him to another state for sober living. Why do we have to send our children out of state for help we need availability for our children

Submitted by: Marguerite C. from NYC
Oct. 9, 2017, 8:06 p.m.
Issue area: Housing

Why is there not more affordable housing for the middle class taxpayers?

I, like many others, works 2 and sometimes 3 jobs just to afford to pay exhorbitant rent prices. What is being done to build affordable middle-class housing for the people who work hard and pay taxes

Submitted by: Lydia L. from NYC
Oct. 10, 2017, 6:39 p.m.
Issue area: Housing

Would you get rid of parking for housing projects?

I lived across from a housing project in one of Manhattan’s most expensive areas and the projects had parking! Why not use this space for something good!? Or open it up to all?

Submitted by: Lisa W. from NYC
Oct. 10, 2017, 8:46 a.m.
Issue area: Housing

Do you endorse baselining City tax levy toward NYCHA's $17B capital needs?

I worked in City OMB and know they oppose dedicated revenue. NYC is a known hub for lucrative RE investment generating RE tax levy. However, the City hasn't leveraged this power for NYCHA's benefit.

Submitted by: Joseph P. from NYC
Oct. 8, 2017, 6:39 p.m.
Issue area: Housing

What's your position on tenant displacement due to rezoning for luxury housing?

My neighborhood is being rezoned for luxury housing, threatening thousands of long-time low income New Yorkers.

Submitted by: Owen W.
Oct. 15, 2017, 11:21 p.m.
Issue area: Housing
Submitted by: Eunice L. from NYC
Oct. 16, 2017, 4:05 p.m.
Issue area: Housing

How do you plan to encourage home ownership to prevent displacement?

I live next to the Essex Crossing site where apartments for sale are starting at 1.2 millions. There are no opportunities in the city for people that want to buy but cannot afford luxury condos.

Submitted by: maurita c. from NYC
Oct. 10, 2017, 9:39 a.m.
Issue area: Housing

Would you support increasing the housing stock by loosening zoning rules?

This is the only real way to cut into housing costs. All other policies are band aids or useless in the face of simple economics. Greater supply lowers prices. Agree or disagree?

Submitted by: Ilya S. from NYC
Oct. 10, 2017, 7:39 a.m.
Issue area: Housing

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