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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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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
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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
522

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
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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
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Submitted by: Ronald B. from TX
Sept. 30, 2017, 6:54 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
171

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
284

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
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
218
Submitted by: EA D. from CA
Sept. 29, 2017, 9:27 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community
177

Are you concerned that Trump may have colluded with Russians to win an election?

The same folks screaming "America First" and "Keep out the Foreigners" don't seem to be concerned that a U.S. President may have conspired with a foreign government to influence a U.S. election.

Submitted by: Fran W. from IA
Sept. 30, 2017, 5:32 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community
249

What evidence will you provide that you listen and respond to your constituents?

Our political system functions as an autocratic republic, where citizens have no right to interfere with politician's decisions after they are elected. My web site shows how to fix this problem.

Submitted by: Dominick P. from IL
Oct. 5, 2017, 4:05 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community
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What can you do about limiting or stopping the euthanasia of pets in shelters?

I luckily got my cat from NYC ACC right before he was scheduled to be put to death. He was an owner surrender and was almost 1 year old at the time. He's now almost 2 and he's sweet & runs on a leash!

Submitted by: Lori K. from NJ
Oct. 3, 2017, 7:04 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community
180
Submitted by: Toniann M. from NYC
Sept. 27, 2017, 7:44 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community
221

In what ways are the arts important and how would you support them?

I am a theatre artist, and I want to know whether the candidate cares about more than the money and prestige the arts bring to NYC, and how? And also how exactly would they support the artists.

Submitted by: Chris B. from NYC
Sept. 27, 2017, 7:23 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
180

Drivers may not use cell phones. What about pedestrians at crosswalks?

It should be noted that pedestrians more than ever are engaged in using their cell phones while crossing st lights. They ignore traffic and bump into other pedestrians. new rules required

Submitted by: Martin Z. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 1:06 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community
135

Will you respect President Trump and encourage your constituents to do the same?

With the onslaught of Propaganda and Slander from the Lefty "news" agencies to the elected officials many voters actually believe the tripe being spewed about POTUS. Will you lead by showing RESPECT?

Submitted by: Concerned O. from NJ
Sept. 29, 2017, 8:57 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
145

Has any Communist run country (Repackaged as Progressive) been successful?

Considering most Democrats are now considered "progressive" which is just a new fangled term for Communist - where and when has this form of governing EVER benefited a society?

Submitted by: Concerned O. from NJ
Sept. 29, 2017, 2:35 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community
148

Do you support ranked choice voting (RCV)?

Allows for cross party candidates.

Submitted by: Garth S. from CA
Sept. 28, 2017, 9:12 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community
116

Why do you not support concealed carry permits for personal protection?

Studies show people w/permits commit crimes at %’s less than law enforcement. I have 3 kids I want to be able to protect. I have permits from other states, but NYC won’t issue or recognize my permits.

Submitted by: Oppressed C. from MD
Sept. 29, 2017, 10:17 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community
110

What do you plan on doing to protect life from conception until the natural endi

No one has the right to take a persons life. God is above all. God Bless

Submitted by: Elaine B. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 1:38 p.m.
Issue area: Society & Community

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