NYCCFB Announces Candidate Community Forum Schedule

Press release– This fall, New Yorkers are voting for their next city officials, including City Council members. Eight of these City Council races are in districts in which the incumbents are not seeking reelection. NYC Votes, the voter engagement initiative of the NYC Campaign Finance Board (CFB), has launched a new program to sponsor candidate community forums to these open seat districts. These forums will provide voters with an opportunity to hear directly from the candidates in these races.

“We often hear from voters that they don’t have enough information to participate in local elections. We’ve launched the Candidate Community Forums initiative to change that. With local organizations at the helm, these forums will provide voters with an opportunity to meet the candidates vying for office, and to learn how they plan to address important issues in their communities,” said Onida Coward MayersNYC Votes Director of Voter Assistance.

The CFB is pleased to announce forums taking place on the following dates and times:

District Organization Date and Time Location
13 Faith in New York Tuesday, 8/29; 7:00 PM Throggs Neck Community Church
2730 Bruckner Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10465
4 The League of Women Voters of the City of New York Tuesday, 9/5; 7:00 PM Hunter College
Danny Kaye Theatre
East 68th Street
Between Park & Lexington Avenues
New York, NY 10065
18 Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. Tuesday, 9/5; 6:30 PM PS106 Auditorium
1514 Olmstead Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462
8 Hispanic Federation, Inc. Wednesday, 9/6; 6:30 PM Julia de Burgos Performance and Arts Center
1680 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10029
41 Ocean Hill-Brownsville Coalition of Young Professionals Wednesday, 9/6; 6:00 PM Brooklyn Collegiate High School
2021 Bergen St
Brooklyn, NY 11233
2 New York City Housing Authority Branch of the NAACP, Inc. Thursday, 9/7; 6:00 PM Grand Street Settlement
80 Pitt Street (Rivington and Pitt Streets)
Grand Cafe Room
New York, NY 10002
21 Food Bank For New York City Thursday, 9/7; 6:30 PM First Baptist Church
100-10 Astoria Blvd
East Elmhurst, NY 11369
43 East Kings County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Thursday, 9/7, 6:00 PM Brooklyn Public Library
Bay Ridge Branch
7223 Ridge Blvd
Brooklyn, NY 11209

This program aims to provide voters with the tools they need to make informed choices at the polls. Organizations were selected based on their organizational capacity, demonstrated ability to conduct nonpartisan voter engagement activities, ability to meet program requirements, and plan to attract a diverse group of community members for the event. Selected organizations will receive a grant of $1,500.

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