CFB Announces Democratic Mayoral Primary Debate on August 23, 2017


The Campaign Finance Board (CFB) is pleased to announce that the first debate for the Mayoral Democratic Primary Election will be held on Wednesday, August 23, starting at 7 p.m. 

First Democratic Mayoral Primary Election Debate:

Qualifying Candidates:

  • Sal Albanese
  • Bill de Blasio

When: Wednesday, August 23, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Where: Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway

Moderator: Errol Louis, NY1

Panelists: Grace Rauh, NY1
                 Juan Manuel Benitez, NY1 Noticias
                 Brian Lehrer, WNYC
                 Laura Nahmias, Politico New York

Broadcasters: NY1 / NY1 Noticias (TV)
                       WNYC (Radio)

Sponsors: NY1 News, NY1 Noticias, WNYC, Politico New York, Citizens Union, Civic Hall, Intelligence Squared US, Latino Leadership Institute

Candidates who participate in the matching funds program and meet nonpartisan, objective and nondiscriminatory criteria set by the CFB and its debate sponsors must participate in the debates. Candidates who do not participate in the matching funds program may be invited to participate in the debates, if they meet the same criteria. For a summary of the debate law, criteria for qualifying to debate, and other information about the debates, please visit the CFB website.

For press access, please RSVP by emailing

The CFB has administered the Debate Program in every citywide election since 1997. The debates are a core component of NYC Votes, the CFB’s nonpartisan voter engagement campaign. Individual debates are sponsored by outside media and civic groups. NYC Votes is the non-partisan voter engagement campaign of the New York City Campaign Finance Board and its Voter Assistance Advisory Committee. In addition to promoting voter registration, participation, and civic engagement in New York City through its many programs and partnerships, NYC Votes sponsors the city’s official Debate Program and produces the citywide Voter Guide.