First Official Democratic Mayoral Primary Debate Will Be Held Thursday, May 13


The Campaign Finance Board (CFB) is pleased to announce that the first Democratic mayoral primary debate of the 2021 elections will be held on Thursday, May 13, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Spectrum News NY1 is co-hosting this debate with WNYC - Gothamist, The City, Citizens Union, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Social Work Votes (Columbia School of Social Work & Latino Leadership Institute).
Candidates Appearing:
  • Eric Adams
  • Shaun Donovan
  • Kathryn Garcia
  • Ray McGuire
  • Dianne Morales
  • Scott Stringer
  • Maya Wiley
  • Andrew Yang
How to Tune In:
TV: Spectrum News NY1 | Spectrum Noticias NY1

Radio: WNYC 93.9 FM | AM 820 |

Livestream: |  

TV Simulcast: NYC Gov TV Channel 25.2
                                             Channel 74 on Spectrum and Altice 
                                             Channel 24 on FiOs
                                             Channel 81 on RCN

Moderator: Errol Louis, NY1 News

Panelists:  Brian Lehrer, WNYC
                  Josefa Velazquez, The City

Simulcast & Rebroadcast
This debate will be available to community media outlets for simulcast or rebroadcast. To access the feed of the live event (for recording or simulcasting), please use either:
  • Encompass (800-295-4198, outbound line 3602)
  • Switch (212-227-9131, outbound line NY1news3)
For more information, please email 

Due to COVID-19 health restrictions, the debate will be conducted remotely.

Candidates have been invited to appear in this debate if they have met nonpartisan, objective, and nondiscriminatory criteria. Seven of the eight candidates participating in this debate have qualified for and received public matching funds totaling $23,296,632. This is the highest number of mayoral candidates to receive payment and the highest amount paid to mayoral candidates in campaign finance program history. Ray McGuire is not participating in the city's campaign financing program.