Public Advocate Debate Scheduled for October 29 Will Not be Held; One Candidate Met Legal Criteria, Law Requires Two or More


The "leading contenders" debate scheduled for Tuesday, October 29, in the general election for Public Advocate will not be held. Only one candidate met the legally-mandated threshold to participate. Under city law, two or more candidates must qualify for a debate to be held. Candidates participating in the matching funds program must participate in the Debate Program debates, provided they have met nonpartisan, objective, and non-discriminatory criteria. For this debate, the law requires candidates to have raised and spent $136,650 (3% of the expenditure limit) in compliance with city law and reported to the CFB as of Friday, October 25.

New Yorkers citywide are able to vote with early voting from today until Sunday, November 3. Election Day is on Tuesday, November 5. Go to Voting.NYC to read the Voter Guide and to find your early voting and Election Day poll sites.

NYC Votes is the nonpartisan voter engagement initiative of the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB) and its Voter Assistance Advisory Committee (VAAC). 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.