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Candidate Debates

The Debate Program is a cornerstone of the CFB’s voter education efforts. It provides New Yorkers with an opportunity to compare candidates side-by-side as they discuss the important issues facing the city.

The first debate in the 2017 NYC Debate Program will be the Republican Mayoral Primary debate to be held on August 16, 2017. The final debate of the 2017 program will be the “Leading Contenders” General Election Mayoral Debate on November 1, 2017. Learn more about the 2017 NYC Debate Program here.

2017 Debate Program Schedule

2017 Debate Program Criteria

2017 Debate Law Summary

Individual debates may be sponsored by organizations that are not affiliated with any political party, candidate, or office holder, and have not endorsed any candidate in a pending citywide election. Past sponsors have included civic groups, academic institutions, and media organizations.

2017 Debate Program Application

2017 Debate Program Applicants
Group 1
  • WCBS-TV Channel 2
  • NewsRadio 88
  • WLNY- TV 10/55
  • 1010WINS
  • New York Daily News
  • The New York Immigration Coalition
  • Common Cause/New York
  • City University of New York (CUNY)
  • CBSNew York
Group 2
  • WABC-TV
  • League of Women Voters of New York
  • WXTV-41, Univision
  • WNYC Radio
  • El Diario
  • Hispanic Federation
  • The Amsterdam News
  • Open Debate Coalition
Group 3
  • WNBC
  • Telemundo 47
  • WNYC
  • Urban League
  • AARP
Group 4
  • Spectrum News NY1
  • WNYC Radio
  • Politico
  • Civic Hall
  • Intelligence Squared US
  • Citizens Union
  • Latino Leadership Institute
 
Group 5
  • WNYW/Fox 5 Television
  • 77 WABC Radio
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Buzzfeed
  • Twitter
  • Amsterdam News
  • Impacto Latino
  • Spanish Broadcasting System/Mega 97.9 FM
  • New York State Coalition of Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Microsoft
Group 6
  • Transportation Alternatives
  • New Yorkers for Parks
  • Gothamist LLC
  • Dominicanos USA
  • WeWork
  • VICE
  • New York University School of Law School- Guarini Center

 

The following are listed in the order their applications were received.

We invite the public to make comments on the qualifications of the specific sponsors. Please send any comments to:

Katrina Shakarian
Debate Coordinator
NYC Campaign Finance Board
100 Church Street, New York, NY 10007
kshakarian@nyccfb.info 

A decision about the sponsor selection will be made in April.

 

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2005 Public Advocate General Debate

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2005 Public Advocate Primary Debate (Democratic)

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