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 remedy frivolous spending, escalating taxes, homelessness, and

...crumbling infrastructure in NYC? Subways are a disaster, and streets are dangerous for pedestrians. As a senior, lifetime New Yorker my husband & I are increasingly concerned about survival here.

Submitted by: Joan G. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 8:34 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Do you agree tax cuts to poor and mid.class would grow the economy faster?

When the poor and middle class have more money, they spend it (usually locally) which gives an immediate boost to the economy.

Submitted by: Nancy H. from CA
Oct. 7, 2017, 2:56 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Will you support passage of a Federal and State Balanced Budget Amendment?

This will curb spending. Limit government expansion and generally bring sanity to the budget process.

Submitted by: Bruce C P. from WY
Oct. 5, 2017, 6:38 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Will you work to pass the FAIRtax?

The FAIRtax is the only tax, existing or proposed, that is transparent, efficient, friendly to economic growth, and fair. The FAIR is also neutral and unintrusive.

Submitted by: James B.
Oct. 3, 2017, 7:58 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Should NY's tax base move to a more consumption driven model?

Should we allocate the costs based on income or on the service provided? If you have a car in NYC, should you pay for the upkeep of the roads while those without cars pay for sidewalks?

Submitted by: Arthur F. from NY
Oct. 3, 2017, 7:05 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget
Submitted by: Jakub S. from NYC
Oct. 10, 2017, 10:35 a.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

What are your plans to address the inequities in the property tax system,?

My property tax is well over $6,000 in a black neighborhood for a single family home. The mayor pays half of what I pay for an income producing 2 family home. How is this fair?

Submitted by: D M. from NYC
Oct. 10, 2017, 12:01 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

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