Tune in to the Public Advocate Debate Tonight Hosted by Spectrum News NY1 and THE CITY


A televised Public Advocate debate will be held tonight, Tuesday, October 19, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Spectrum News NY1. The debate will be livestreamed by the news website THE CITY and simulcast on NYC Gov TV, the city-owned television channel. 

This virtual debate is organized in partnership with Spectrum News NY1, THE CITY, Citizens Union, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Social Work Votes (Columbia School of Social Work & Latino Leadership Institute). The audio descriptions below are provided to increase access to the debates voters who are blind or have low vision.

How to Tune In:

Candidates Appearing:

  • Devi Nampiaparampil: "I am a 5'3" Indian-American female in my early 40's with dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. I am wearing a fitted navy blue suit and a stylish red shirt."
  • Jumaane Williams: “I am a black man with short hair wearing an olive green suit, green vest and white shirt. I am 45 years old, and I have tourette syndrome.”


  • Errol Louis, Spectrum News NY1: "I am a Black male with a shaved head, wearing glasses, a white shirt and a burgundy suit."

Studio Description:

The two candidates stand behind podiums made of wood and glass. In the background is a wall displaying an image of the American flag and the Spectrum News NY1 logo below five clocks showing the time in each of the five boroughs.  

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 press@nyccfb.info. 

Debate Criteria:

Because two or more candidates have not met the nonpartisan, objective, and nondiscriminatory eligibility criteria for this debate as established in the Campaign Finance Act, this debate is not required under city law. The candidates are appearing voluntarily and a "leading contenders" debate for this office will not be held.