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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 Board will conduct the Debate program for the 2019 citywide elections for Public Advocate under the NYC Votes voter engagement campaign. The CFB seeks a diverse group of sponsors who will produce debates that will reach the broadest possible audience, beginning with the special election in February. The CFB will select a debate sponsor or sponsors for all three rounds of debates expected for 2019: the special election in February, the primary elections in September, and the general election in November.

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.

DOWNLOAD: 2019 Public Advocate Debate Program Application

The CFB will announce its Debate sponsor selection in late January 2019.

2017 Debate Information

Past Debate Videos