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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Is it appropriate for a US official to join a foreign protest against America?

Is it OK to support a foreign protest against the US and to display open hostility to the American way of life and its values?

Submitted by: Czerny A. from NYC
Oct. 9, 2017, 9:51 p.m.
Issue area: Ethics & Transparency

Do you believe that Sal Albanese should be on this stage?

I believe that the voters should be able to cast an informed vote and weigh their options, However, neither Marist or Quinnipiac included him in their polling. I think he should be at the next debate.

Submitted by: Seamus C. from NYC
Oct. 5, 2017, 4:41 p.m.
Issue area: Ethics & Transparency
Submitted by: Michael P. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 1:51 p.m.
Issue area: Ethics & Transparency

Have you been initiated into or sworn an oath in any secret society?

If someone has taken an oath in a secret society, it will preclude them from adhering to their oath of office. Their oath of office is null & void

Submitted by: Silvia L. from NY
Oct. 10, 2017, 4 p.m.
Issue area: Ethics & Transparency

Will you support TERM LIMITS for all members of Congress (both houses)?

This would bring back representation by the people for the people and rid us of current corruption, crime and lying by Congressmen(politicians)!

Submitted by: Bruce C P. from WY
Oct. 5, 2017, 6:41 p.m.
Issue area: Ethics & Transparency

Don't you think it's time we started to use ranked choice voting?

There would be so many benefits: we'd save money, we'd have greater voter enfranchisement, we'd have more civil issue-driven elections, etc. It hurts no one except the established powers that be.

Submitted by: Hal P. from NYC
Oct. 5, 2017, 6:46 p.m.
Issue area: Ethics & Transparency
Submitted by: Retu K. from NYC
Oct. 9, 2017, 9:13 a.m.
Issue area: Ethics & Transparency

How will you level the playing field for third-party and independent candidates?

Third-party & independent candidates face unfair barriers to ballot access & voting systems that cause undemocratic "strategic voting". How will you address these & other issues & make elections fair?

Submitted by: Andrew F. from TX
Oct. 3, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Issue area: Ethics & Transparency

Am I important enough for you to return my call?

Politicians who don’t return calls is a hot button for me. It’s fundamentally impossible for the Mayor to be available but with nearly 300,000 NYC workers it's proper etiquette to return calls...

Submitted by: Sharron C. from NYC
Oct. 10, 2017, 1:12 p.m.
Issue area: Ethics & Transparency

How will you continue to stop discrimination towards blacks, gays, muslim, etc?

Since 19, I was a Christian Republican until I found that Democrats do a better job at trying to protect/help every individual as I believe Jesus would want it no matter race, sexual orientation, etc.

Submitted by: Natasha M. from KS
Oct. 5, 2017, 5:51 p.m.
Issue area: Ethics & Transparency

What do you plan to do as Mayor to ensure that tax payer money is not misspent?

Given the recent scandals around the Trump administration's egregious spending on travel, we need more accountability and transparency around how hard earned money is being spent.

Submitted by: anthony g. from NYC
Oct. 10, 2017, 4:52 p.m.
Issue area: Ethics & Transparency

How do we get politicians to enact real campaign finance reform?

How do we get the same politicians that benefit from citizens united to vote to repeal it?

Submitted by: Charles J. from WI
Oct. 5, 2017, 2:18 p.m.
Issue area: Ethics & Transparency

What would you do to ensure that policy decisions are based on real evidence?

To clarify, "real evidence" means examples from other communities, peer-reviewed research, or similar, as opposed to basing decisions primarily on personal opinions

Submitted by: Josh F. from PA
Oct. 4, 2017, 2:10 p.m.
Issue area: Ethics & Transparency

Do you believe in reforming voting to allow open primaries in New York State?

Having closed primaries in the 2016 presidential election kept millions of registered Independents from casting votes. We need more flexibility to chose candidates based on the issues not a party.

Submitted by: Kimberly S. from NY
Sept. 28, 2017, 11:06 p.m.
Issue area: Ethics & Transparency

Are you running to control human minds?

Ideologies that influence and control human minds are far more powerful than others. Moral laws are the social force that restrains humans from committing atrocities, and ideology negates good/bad.

Submitted by: Bruce C P. from WY
Oct. 4, 2017, 1:10 p.m.
Issue area: Ethics & Transparency

Do you accept money from lobbyists?

I met a lobbyist at the airport he showed us a wad of $10,000.00 dollars. To put on one # in Vegas. How much does he pay politicians for their vote?

Submitted by: Linda W. from OR
Sept. 30, 2017, 6:04 p.m.
Issue area: Ethics & Transparency

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