NYC Campaign Finance Board Announces 2017 Debate Program Sponsors and Schedule

Press release – Today, the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB) announced the sponsors and schedule for the NYC Debate Program for the 2017 elections. The CFB has administered the Debate Program in every citywide election since 1997. The program is a core component of NYC Votes, the CFB’s nonpartisan voter engagement campaign.

“In this fall’s citywide elections, New Yorkers have the opportunity to vote for the kind of city they want to live in. Voters want information about where the candidates stand on the issues that matter most in their everyday lives, from jobs to schools to the cost of living. The CFB’s Debate Program is a critical part of our effort to get that information to voters and help them get ready to cast an informed ballot,” said Amy Loprest, Executive Director of the NYC Campaign Finance Board.

The CFB administers the Debate Program, and individual debates are sponsored by media outlets, civic groups, and academic institutions. After a thorough, competitive process, the CFB has selected two sponsor groups, in order to reach as wide and diverse an audience as possible. The sponsor groups are as follows:

  • WCBS, WLNY 1055, NewsRadio 880, 1010 WINS, Daily News, Common Cause/NY, City University of New York (CUNY), New York Immigration Coalition, Rock the Vote
  • Spectrum News NY1, WNYC, POLITICO, Citizens Union, Civic Hall, Intelligence Squared, Latino Leadership Institute
The first mayoral primary election debates will take place on August 16 and 23rd, and the mayoral general election debates will take place on October 10th and on November 1st. Each debate will be broadcast on television, on the radio, and online. The complete schedule  and criteria for participation are available on the CFB website.
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