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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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

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

Will you make sure NYC purchases power from the upcoming Offshore Wind farm?

NYC helped to deny a liquefied natural gas port off the coast of the Rockaways that would block the development of renewable offshore wind. Now wind is here! NYC must commit to purchase it.

Submitted by: Kim F. from NYC
Oct. 9, 2017, 1:55 p.m.
Issue area: Environment

What will you do to protect animals from abuse, killing, and trafficking?

Animals are God's beautiful creatures who have feelings such as love, affection, and pain. We must protect those who cannot protect themselves and respect them so that they are appreciated.

Submitted by: Mzry Jo B. from PA
Oct. 5, 2017, 5:18 p.m.
Issue area: Environment

How do you plan to reduce the flood of trash in the most wasteful city on Earth?

Though it not the largest city, New York is the most wasteful city on Earth. Current policies are woefully inadequate. Will you commit to actual solutions like banning single use containers and cups?

Submitted by: Eric S. from NYC
Oct. 2, 2017, 9:40 p.m.
Issue area: Environment

Do you support bill 0800, which bans pesticides from the city parks?

My friend was sickened when sprayed with Malathion. Glyphosate, 2-4 D and other herbicides, insecticides, etc are dangerous. The school community support the bill as well as parents and physicI

Submitted by: Anne L. from NYC
Sept. 27, 2017, 7:24 p.m.
Issue area: Environment

What's being done to add recycling bins to all 5 boroughs to help NYC go greener

Many other cities are much cleaner than ours. Even Manhattan has a garbage bin, recycling plastics bin, and a recycling paper bin. It's time the rest of the boroughs have this as well.

Submitted by: Ashley C. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 1:48 p.m.
Issue area: Environment

How will you help New York close the dangerous Indian Point Nuclear Plant?

Indian Point leaks tritium and there's some evidence that the 9/11 attackers considered it as a target.

Submitted by: Jan B. from IL
Oct. 5, 2017, 10:05 p.m.
Issue area: Environment
Submitted by: Alanna B. from NJ
Sept. 28, 2017, 10:32 p.m.
Issue area: Environment

Will you support shadow-impact studies on new construction over 10 stories?

I'm concerned about the impact of too-tall building on our residential neighborhoods and parks. I'm especially concerned with the impact of shadows from super-talls on Central Park.

Submitted by: Holly R. from NYC
Oct. 3, 2017, 10:44 a.m.
Issue area: Environment

Will you commit to divesting fossil fuel investments from NYC pension holdings?

As the world moves to curtail the burning of fossil fuels, these firms will be left w stranded assets, reducing $ value. Also, cost of property damage and toll on public heath will affect all NYers.

Submitted by: Dorian F. from NYC
Oct. 9, 2017, 5:18 p.m.
Issue area: Environment
Submitted by: Alice S. from NYC
Oct. 9, 2017, 8:20 p.m.
Issue area: Environment

When are you going to get rid of that animal killer weinstock at the NYACC?

The place has been investigated and many deficiencies have been found ie: expired meds, animals not being treated for injuries and cages not cleaned. This need to become a NO-KILL shelter!

Submitted by: Lynn E. from RI
Sept. 28, 2017, 10:07 p.m.
Issue area: Environment

How will you complete solar & energy efficiency for NYC buildings by 2025?

NYC buildings are responsible for 72% of our greenhouse gases. By making them energy efficient and requiring passive house technologies for all new construction, we can greatly reduce our carbon.

Submitted by: Catherine S. from NYC
Oct. 9, 2017, 10:59 p.m.
Issue area: Environment
Submitted by: Connie T. from NYC
Oct. 8, 2017, 11:51 p.m.
Issue area: Environment

Will NYC take buck the consumer-driven media's blackout on overpopulation?

A 2013 poll of 2,000 UN scientists had them agreeing overpopulation is the world's, nation's biggest problem--bigger than climate. Will NYC call for an end of our antiquated, agrarian tax codes?

Submitted by: Mike S. from CA
Oct. 5, 2017, 3:43 p.m.
Issue area: Environment

What will you do about the population explosion of rats on the Upper West Side?

Everyone in this neighborhood has stories about rats in our local playgrounds and parks. We've lived in this neighborhood for 40 years and we have never experienced anything like this.

Submitted by: Arnold B. from NYC
Oct. 9, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Issue area: Environment

What are you going to protect the environment and promote clean air and water?

The president and his administration have declared war on the environment and withdrawing commitments made by the Obama administration to curb climate change. Will you stand up to the Trump Admin.?

Submitted by: L O. from NYC
Oct. 10, 2017, 11:36 a.m.
Issue area: Environment

How do you plan to reduce the consumption of plastic in the city?

Would you be in favor of a plastic bag ban and work with Governor Cuomo to stop blocking environmental efforts in our city?

Submitted by: Deepika S. from NYC
Oct. 10, 2017, 3:03 p.m.
Issue area: Environment
Submitted by: Emily D. from NYC
Oct. 8, 2017, 9:48 p.m.
Issue area: Environment

Will you support an initiative to increase the number of recycling cans in NYC?

Anyone lucky to live near the NYU campus is familiar with the one recycling can per trust can ratio and each trash can paired with a recycling can. This should be modeled throughout the city.

Submitted by: Daryl S. from NYC
Oct. 10, 2017, 7:52 a.m.
Issue area: Environment

Have you thoroughly factored climate change into municipal financial projections

I saw many of my colleagues at work from the Rockaways and Staten Island devastated after Sandy, and I need to know that my city has made adequate plans to prepare for similar events in the future.

Submitted by: Elijah S. from NYC
Oct. 15, 2017, 8:43 p.m.
Issue area: Environment

Will you try Meatless Mondays for a month following other cities like Philadelphia?

We know that diet can be used as preventative medicine, potentially saving the City millions of dollars on healthcare costs. Meat is also a big contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.

Submitted by: Allie T. from NYC
Oct. 10, 2017, 3:12 p.m.
Issue area: Environment

Will you advance our climate change agenda by implementing a carbon fee?

We demand a revenue-neutral, fully refunded carbon fee, dividend and border carbon duty, to offset/regulate emitters in our economy, while creating revenue to address the effects of climate change.

Submitted by: Brennan O. from NYC
Oct. 10, 2017, 9:28 a.m.
Issue area: Environment

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