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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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

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 specifically will you do to help small businesses with rising rent costs?

Small businesses provide jobs and are an integral part of the fabric of NYC. Yet more and more small family businesses are pushed out of neighborhoods for larger chain stores. This is too big a loss.

Submitted by: Jesse R. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 1:42 p.m.
Issue area: Jobs & the Economy

When you say you support the Middle Class, what income bracket is it?.

Politicians keep taxing and taking away jobs on the middle class. I want them to say who they consider to be in the middle class so everyone can assess all of their policies better!

Submitted by: Carl N. from VA
Oct. 4, 2017, 4:46 p.m.
Issue area: Jobs & the Economy

What will you do to retain and grow good paying employment opportunities?

I worked in the financial technology arena and watched both operations and technology positions get moved out of our city and often outsourced. We need to replace these good paying opprtunities!

Submitted by: Tim V. from NYC
Sept. 27, 2017, 7:43 p.m.
Issue area: Jobs & the Economy

Will you make jobs more open to older people who can't retire yet and need work?

My husband has been out of work since 2015 and needs a job but can't get one. He is still too young to retire but companies look at his age and never call him for work. He really wants to work!

Submitted by: Denise & Karl R. from OH
Oct. 4, 2017, 9:12 p.m.
Issue area: Jobs & the Economy

How can you call for a higher minimum wage, yet support illegal immigration?

The work force is supply and demand. Illegal immigrants have contributed to an abundance of labor compared to jobs, that in turn keeps wages low.

Submitted by: Mary G. from IA
Sept. 29, 2017, 3:44 p.m.
Issue area: Jobs & the Economy

what will you do to protect independent small retail and businesses in the city

independent small retail and restaurants are being forced out of our city by rapacious landlords and developers and replaced by redundant bank branches and big corp franchizes. gone are the jobs they

Submitted by: michele c. from IL
Sept. 29, 2017, 10:51 a.m.
Issue area: Jobs & the Economy

What are you going to do to get people off of Welfare?

Many people are stuck on Generational Welfare and know or want no other way of life. It's time to end this perk.

Submitted by: David F. from NY
Oct. 4, 2017, 11:45 a.m.
Issue area: Jobs & the Economy

Discuss your plan to address the growing income disparity in NYC

From a recent headline: "NYC's Top 0.1% Makes 4x The Income Of The Bottom Half Of Earners" This has been called the "defining challenge of our time" - discuss your plans to address this challenge.

Submitted by: Victor A. from NY
Oct. 9, 2017, 6:37 p.m.
Issue area: Jobs & the Economy

Income inequality-How can everyone get there fair share and make a decent living

The head of companies make all the money- little is left after this greed for good ppl to get ahead or make ends meet. I worked for insurance only when my husband was laid off during the recession

Submitted by: Heather S. from VA
Oct. 7, 2017, 5:15 p.m.
Issue area: Jobs & the Economy

To spread the wealth would you consider weekend + evening wage increases?

Corporations make most of their profits from evening/weekend sales. The minimum wage should = $10/hour with $1-$2 more per hour for 6pm-8am work and additional $1-$2 for weekend hours 6pm Fri-8am Mon.

Submitted by: Barry S. from FL
Sept. 28, 2017, 10:12 p.m.
Issue area: Jobs & the Economy

What is being done to settle city worker union contracts ?

Certain city workers worked with out a contract for several years and 2 administrations. What is being done to prevent this from happening again?

Submitted by: Ria T. from NYC
Sept. 29, 2017, 3:20 p.m.
Issue area: Jobs & the Economy

When are the American Major Metro cities going to ban petroleum fuel vehicles

And change to either Electric, solar or Hemp diesel fuel vehicles

Submitted by: Salvatore G. from FL
Oct. 7, 2017, 3:12 p.m.
Issue area: Jobs & the Economy

Would you consider adopting a shorter workweek for the city of New York?

One proposal for job creation is that the workweek be shortened, especially since worker productivity has increased 4x since the 1970s. I think we should adopt a 25h week and a higher minimum wage.

Submitted by: Dillon F. from RI
Oct. 3, 2017, 6:57 p.m.
Issue area: Jobs & the Economy

Amazon is opening a second head quarter. What are you doing to bring it to NYC?

Recently Amazon anounced that are looking to open second head quarter in the US. This new HQ2 will create at least 50k new jobs.

Submitted by: Vlad M. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 1:42 p.m.
Issue area: Jobs & the Economy

Will you help provide more job opportunities and funding for NYC artists?

The arts have received massive cuts nationally and the NEA is under assault. I have been an artist here for 30 years and have struggled the entire time. I know so many artists that have had to leave.

Submitted by: Julie P. from NYC
Oct. 7, 2017, 10:47 p.m.
Issue area: Jobs & the Economy

Do you support retrainiMing and what new industries do you see?

In financial field many support positions have moved out of the city. The same can be said for other industries.

Submitted by: Tim V. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 1:45 p.m.
Issue area: Jobs & the Economy

Will you as mayor appoint people directly impacted by incarceration to The MOCJ?

My Name is Five Mualimmak looking up my name you will see I, As many others in advisory positions with the city , bring direct experience to task forces & the promised employment never comes

Submitted by: MisterFive M. from NYC
Oct. 9, 2017, 10:25 p.m.
Issue area: Jobs & the Economy

What are you going to do to increase affordable housing throughout the city?

Having lived in Brooklyn for 16 years, I have witnessed and been the victim of rapid gentrification and skyrocketing rents.

Submitted by: Kevin D. from NYC
Oct. 10, 2017, 3:48 p.m.
Issue area: Jobs & the Economy

There is a city employees contract that is up what do you intend to do about it?

The NYPD currently has no contract deal in place what is your plan to set a deal up without having to deal with the protests or any gripes from the delegates and the police union??

Submitted by: Retu K. from NYC
Oct. 9, 2017, 9:21 a.m.
Issue area: Jobs & the Economy

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