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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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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
176

Why is it ok for you to have armed guards, but citizens can't arm themselves?

Past mayors have armed guards wherever they go, but ordinary citizens are denied their 2d Amendment right to bear arms to protect themselves. How do you intend to stop this hypocritical action?

Submitted by: Marx L. from DC
Oct. 5, 2017, 9:31 a.m.
Issue area: Society & Community
11

Will you denounce communism?

As a religious refugee from the USSR and on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, I was horrified to read a certain interview decrying private property and asking for confiscation.

Submitted by: Ilya S. from NYC
Oct. 10, 2017, 7:43 a.m.
Issue area: Society & Community
294

How will you balance NYC budget to cover Mr.Trump's sky-high security expenses?

Which city maintenance areas will experience cuts in order to cover this financial burden for the next three years?

Submitted by: Irena J. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community
10
Submitted by: Rebekah B. from NYC
Oct. 10, 2017, 7:44 a.m.
Issue area: Society & Community
5

What concrete steps would you take to end hunger for 1.4M struggling NY'ers?

I'm a concerned New Yorker who has volunteered for organizations who are trying to fight hunger and are losing the fight b/c it seems to me that only govt can solve this. How?

Submitted by: Concerned N. from NYC
Oct. 15, 2017, 8:37 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community
67

What will you do to end the FAILED narrative of Identity Politics by the Left?

Slander and Propaganda abound from both the MSM and DNC - where the only strategy is to blame Trump or create false narratives. When will u be honest with your base and stop creating this division?

Submitted by: Concerned O. from NJ
Oct. 9, 2017, 7:29 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community
49

Will you curb media sources that are putting forth lies and Anti-American bilge

Many media outlets are in virtual lockstep with each other in using fake news to push their agendas. Why? Who is coordinating this and what is the overall objective?

Submitted by: Bruce C P. from WY
Oct. 7, 2017, 3:06 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community
68

How will you control protests/marches in NYC?

We hear frequent calls for gun control when someone is hurt or injured by a shooter. Will you control crowds so damage is not done to persons or property?

Submitted by: John S. from MO
Oct. 3, 2017, 8:03 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community
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Submitted by: Toniann M. from NYC
Sept. 27, 2017, 7:44 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community
12

What would you do to help NYC become a No Kill city?

Currently, animals continue to be put down in Animal Control facilities in NYC. Putting a moratorium on breeding would help, as would easing restrictions on apartment dwellers from owning pets.

Submitted by: Teres R. from NYC
Oct. 10, 2017, 3:46 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community
40

How will you protect native born Americans, Hetero's and Whites from Commies?

With the threat of White, American, Conservative, Hetero & Patriotic Genocide committed by Ignorant Liberals, Commies, Antifa, DNC and illegals - what will you do to protect these human beings?

Submitted by: Concerned O. from NJ
Oct. 3, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community
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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
87

How are city agencies responsiveness and effectiveness to clients evaluated?

Why does SCRIE not have phone access for clients? I have made 311 sewage and demolition complaints and an inspector is supposed to come out within 7 hours so you can be home and no one shows up.

Submitted by: Diane K. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 1:15 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community
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How will you make NYC a more viable place to live for veterans and families?

Our city needs better policy on housing, employment, and taxes for troops returning home from war, and is the least we can do for veterans and families who have served and sacrificed for our nation.

Submitted by: Kristen R. from NYC
Oct. 6, 2017, 10:31 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community
33

Where do you believe sovereignty is rightfully recognized in politics.

Do you believe sovereignty is rightfully recognized to be in the hands of the government or the people?

Submitted by: John r. from OK
Oct. 3, 2017, 10:30 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community
79

What will you do about the degenerates in "costumes" in Times Square ?

NYC has turned backward toward the days of Dinkins when the city was so filthy and, it seemed forgotten, by the administration. Guiliani came in and literally saved the day or City !

Submitted by: Maureen B. from CT
Sept. 29, 2017, 9:47 a.m.
Issue area: Society & Community
27

Do you believe the media causes more mass shootings by sensationalizing them

Scientists speak of a "media contagion effect" where the media's portrayal of shooters encourages copycat crimes

Submitted by: spencer s. from MA
Oct. 7, 2017, 9 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community
42

Do you support the commission to review statues and plaques in New York City?

J. Marion Sims, "the father of modern gynecology", conducted brutal experiments on enslaved African women. Why honor him in Central Park? History is important - so why not place him in a museum?

Submitted by: Victoria G. from NYC
Oct. 3, 2017, 9:39 a.m.
Issue area: Society & Community
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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
5

How do you plan to support the LGBTQ community amidst the President’s agenda?

I’m a gay male wondering how I’m going to continue to feel safe in NYC as the President is running an anti-LGBTQ agenda.

Submitted by: Kevin M. from NYC
Oct. 10, 2017, 8:55 a.m.
Issue area: Society & Community
67

Should St Joseph’s Chapel in Battery Park City become an historical site?

As a key staging area, St. Joseph’s Chapel is one of 9/11's most significant historical sites & also an integral part of the community. My family has grown up in it. Now high rents are pushing it out.

Submitted by: Craig Sidell from NYC
Sept. 27, 2017, 7:46 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community

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