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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 end overpolicing & criminalization of poor &/or black/Latinx NYers?

In a report published with the Drug Policy Alliance, professor Harry Levine states “It’s essentially Jim Crow police enforcement. One set of laws for white people, one set of laws for people of color"

Submitted by: Marsha J. from NYC
Oct. 5, 2017, 5:13 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice
579

Why isn't there some sort of alarm with numerous guns are purchased by one?

It seems to me that when anyone has the amount of guns Paddock had there should be some sort of alert that goes off. I had a conceal permit for years but feel 47 guns is a sign of trouble.

Submitted by: Connie C. from MA
Oct. 4, 2017, 1:50 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice
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What are you going to do about gun violence and the mass shootings ?

People are getting killed everyday by some mentally deranged evil person who is a socialpath. We need to protect ourselves,families friends and kids NOW. Not tomorrow or in the future.

Submitted by: Samantha V. from NY
Oct. 5, 2017, 6:29 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice
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Do you support Sanctuary Cities? If so, how do you justify this lawless action?

We have the Rule of Law to abide by yet some cities (NYC included) are currently aiding and abetting illegal aliens. Is it OK to pick and choose which laws to enforce and which ones to ignore?

Submitted by: Concerned O. from NJ
Sept. 29, 2017, 3 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice
556
Submitted by: Michele L. from CA
Oct. 3, 2017, 11:58 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice
622

What will you do to create real accountability from the NYPD?

New Yorkers of all backgrounds are demanding it.

Submitted by: Briar W. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 8:35 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice
320
Submitted by: Katie B. from NYC
Oct. 4, 2017, 10:24 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice
306

WHY ARE THESE RIFLES ? There is no reason for their use !!! The rapid fire heard

on recordings of Las Vegas shooting suggested a fully automatic weapon, and police officers called it that on radio tra

Submitted by: J Z. from CA
Oct. 3, 2017, 10:35 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice
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Do you support going beyond decriminalization to the legalization of marijuana?

Of New York City’s 76 neighborhood police precincts, 37 neighborhoods are majority black & Latinx. These have about 1/2 the city’s population but provide 66% of marijuana arrests--92% are black/Latinx

Submitted by: Marsha J. from NYC
Oct. 5, 2017, 5:21 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice
327

What anti gun laws and pro gun laws have worked to deter violence of criminals?

I am a certified firearms instructor who wishes to have an open dialog about this issue. Too much have I encountered people who question my ability to defend myself and family.

Submitted by: Jeff T. from OR
Oct. 3, 2017, 3:16 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice
197

Why is the gop and the Senate supporting a racist gun violence supporter

Why does the government allow itself to be run by corporations and special interest groups when the government is supposed to be in charge

Submitted by: James N. from WI
Oct. 5, 2017, 5:53 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice
270

What will you do to ensure public defenders are getting equal resources as DA

In many states the defense attorney is assigned because he or she isn't good and a capital case won't destroy them. They are refused resources and paid an averages of 13.00 per hour to try capital cas

Submitted by: Kelly P. from CO
Sept. 28, 2017, 8:55 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice
340

What is your plan to make reentry services for the formerly incarcerated better?

Many formerly incarcerated persons after doing decades in prison are being placed in shelters, due to lack of safe housing, and conducive programs for reentry.

Submitted by: Victor P. from NYC
Oct. 3, 2017, 7:44 a.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice
233

Crime skyrocketed after the removal of stop & frisk. Will you re-introduce?

Crime has increased significantly since ending stop & frisk. Will you allow the NYPD to actually do their jobs and reduce the high crime?

Submitted by: Concerned O. from NJ
Sept. 29, 2017, 2:44 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice
229

Would you support a national database of gun purchases all gun sellers can access?

In this database owners can view all purchase history from years/decades, serial #'s, where the arms were bought, & any information needed. This should served as an alarm if anyone buys too many arms!

Submitted by: Libby C. from TX
Oct. 5, 2017, 11:56 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice
164

What % of crime in NYC is commuted by illegal aliens?

My husband and I are legal independent immigrants from USSR. We are appalled by illegal immigration that costs $135 billion/year, depresses wages for minorities, brings crime into the country.

Submitted by: Helen S. from FL
Sept. 29, 2017, 3:05 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice
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What will you do re: the motorcycle gangs and bicyclers who don't observe laws?

1) The motorcyclists race up and down City avenues, breaking noise laws and endangering other motorists and people. 2) Why are bicyclists allowed to run red lights and ride on sidewalks?

Submitted by: N D. from NYC
Sept. 27, 2017, 7:40 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice
139

How can you continue broken windows policing with an aim to close Rikers Island?

If you continue to arrest and terrorize citizens over small misdemeanors like jumping turnstiles, you will continue to enter young teens and poverty-stricken citizens into the system!

Submitted by: Nicola A. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 1:14 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice
184

To reduce excessive violence by police would you consider making weapons change?

Police tend to pull their guns at the slightest hint of danger instead of using their batons-plastic billy clubs-stun guns. Would you consider de-arming regular police of their guns like the British?

Submitted by: Barry S. from FL
Sept. 28, 2017, 10:32 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice
122
Submitted by: James C. from OH
Oct. 5, 2017, 9:22 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice
132

Which is it better to get rid of.Guns,or the criminals that use them to murder?

My uncle was murdered, and this man has been up for parole 4 times so far. The value of life, not a political agenda where they have all the protections they need, off of our tax dollars they abuse.

Submitted by: Addison B. from GA
Oct. 3, 2017, 6:42 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice
128

What will you do to ensure the police issue more civil than criminal summonses?

Criminal summonses and arrests for low level offenses and traffic violations can have dire immigration consequences. By "low level" offenses I mean things like turnstile-jumping or a bike violation.

Submitted by: Edward K. from NYC
Sept. 27, 2017, 7:26 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice
118
Submitted by: April D. from ME
Oct. 3, 2017, 8:55 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice
146

Why do support illegal criminal activity over the safety of Americans?

I was raped & mugged 5 times by illegal immigrants-yet I am in my own hell while they walk free.

Submitted by: Eunice L. from NYC
Sept. 29, 2017, 4:43 p.m.
Issue area: Crime & Criminal Justice

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