NYC Debate Season is Here

Monday, August 12, 2013

WNYC is one of the co-sponsors of the official 2013 debate program from NYC's Campaign Finance Board. Brian is co-moderating three debates over the next two weeks:

  • Monday, 8/12 7pm | Comptroller Debate (D) | Watch Online, Chat, and Suggest a Question
  • Thursday, 8/15 7pm | Public Advocate Debate (D) | Watch Online, Chat, and Suggest a Question
  • Wednesday, 8/21 7pm | Mayoral Debate (D) | Watch Online, Chat, and Suggest a Question
  • Errol Louis, NY1 host and co-moderator with Brian during all three debates, helps preview debate season, alongside NY1s Juan Manuel Benitez and WNYC reporter Brigid Bergin. Be sure to to listen on WNYC or watch online each debate night, starting at 7pm. Debate watching party info here.

    Mentioned on Today's Show: Anthony Weiner's "Grandpa" Comment


    Juan Manuel Benitez, Brigid Bergin and Errol Louis

    Comments [15]

    Catlan from Manhattan

    It would have be very nice --and informative (eh, why not?)-- to state off the start that there are six (6) candidates running for the position of comptroller (see, and explain how only two of them showed up to the debate...

    Aug. 13 2013 11:35 AM
    thatgirl from manhattan

    Robert - You know that Brian never hides his need to tee-hee on the issue of Weiner. Expect more of the same as he continues to softball "Chris" Quinn.

    Ask Scott Stringer how much Quinnberg offered him to quietly back out of the mayoral race. Loads of people gave him money for the mayoral run, and are now smarting over it. But hey--he has Lena Dunham and Scarlett Johansson; guess that's what he means about "women supporting me as a candidate!"

    Aug. 12 2013 08:11 PM
    Karla Fisk from Inwood, Manhattan

    Please ask Spitzer and Stringer if they are going to divest (or recommend divestment) of NYC pensions from any investment in fossil fuels, especially shale gas.

    Aug. 12 2013 11:54 AM
    Annalyn Swan from Manhattan

    You have done a terrific job to date of following the controversy surrounding the proposed $350 million makeover of the 42nd Street Research Library. One further question is this: Beyond the questionable decision to sell the Mid-Manhattan Library and the SIBL library to raise money for the "improved" 42nd Street main library, is earmarking $150 million in city funds a smart use of that money, when so many of the branch libraries are starving for lack of resources? It would be interesting to hear whether the candidates would proceed with Bloomberg's $150 million bequest towards the Foster makeover, or instead reallocate the funds to the larger library system. Thank you.

    Aug. 12 2013 11:23 AM

    Thanks so much for your work on this!

    Would you please ask Springer and Spitzer where they stand on the selling-off of our public libraries? I'm sure you know about the Central Library Plan (supported by Bloomberg but currently on hold thanks to a court injunction) under which the NYPL is proposing to raise money by selling off two popular libraries in Midtown, the heavily used Mid-Manhattan Library and SIBL (Science, Industry and Business Library). Revenues raised are to be used on a $350 million construction project to convert the 42nd St. Research Library into a lending library. Both the sale of the libraries and the renovation project look very much like sweetheart real estate deals, and John Liu as Comptroller spoke out strongly against these plans. The story at the Brooklyn Public Library is similar, with both the Brooklyn Heights and Pacific branches threatened with sale to private developers. It would be great to hear where Spitzer and Stringer stand on this issue.

    Aug. 12 2013 11:02 AM
    SK from Brooklyn

    Spitzer seems to be a bigger affront on our moral conscience than Weiner. He was involved in actively prosecuting criminals that were doing the same thing that he was doing. I believe this is a legitimate issue that should be raised.

    And Liu's campaign workers broke the law, which Weiner did not.

    I won't vote for Weiner, he lied to my face and I believed him the first time round.

    But I want to know what WNYC is doing to investigate all campaign funding. Are they going through every candidate and looking for problems? Are they looking to see if any of the candidates have pushed through legislation that was beneficial to their supporters. Are they investigating the little tricks that campaigns use to try to pass donation limits? I know I am sick of a press that is not proactive. Talking about Weiner is about as reactive as you can get. Is there a political investigative unit at WNYC? What are they investigating? And what have they found?

    Aug. 12 2013 10:56 AM
    Peter from Brooklyn

    When Spitzer was on the show for an interview after he announced his comptroller candidacy, Brian asked him a question about his decision to opt out of the public campaign finance system. His respose was, "Well, the difference is that he's going to be spending your money, I'm spending my money" (or something very close to that).

    I'd like to see Spitzer asked not just about his own campaign spending, but this:
    Does he, as a matter of policy, support NYC's public campaign finance system, or does he think it should be eliminated? If he supports it, why is he repeating Republican talking points that are used in attacks against it?

    I have not yet decided who I will vote for for NYC comptroller, but Spitzer's rhetorical attack on public campaign finance, in his WNYC interview, leaves me leaning strongly against him.

    Aug. 12 2013 10:52 AM
    Lenore from Manhattan

    1. Add me to the question on Midtown East. Stringer is supporting it with the (I think weak) addition of transportation development. Stringer is to the right of the NYTimes editorial board on this. He lost my vote because of his decision to support the rezoning. Ask them both about this.

    2. I was at the AARP forum. George McDonald was vigorously booed for attacking Weiner, which he actually did twice using his debate time to do that. OTOH Weiner roused the AARP rabble by haranguing us. It was thoroughly distasteful by both of them, I thought.

    Aug. 12 2013 10:51 AM
    Art Bohm from Manhattan

    There needs to be questions about the Comptroller's duties. I.E., Will they make any changes in financial reporting? Will they update the City's general ledger systems? Will they make changes in auditing? Any new auditing technology? Currently, they both act as if the Comptroller's only job was running the pension plan investments.

    Aug. 12 2013 10:50 AM
    Robert from NYC

    Brian, Spitzer was not a failure as governor, man. LOL. Don't do that kind of cheap crappy spin.

    Aug. 12 2013 10:41 AM
    Restore Sanity from Westchester

    Speaking of interest groups, how much of Weiner's decision to remain in the race is based on a cynical political bet on his being the only Jewish candidate in a 7-way Democratic primary race in NYC?

    Aug. 12 2013 10:37 AM
    h l

    Brian, do you have some vendetta against AW? This is about all the candidates, but your constant jabs at Weiner EVERY chance you get throughout all of your programs, make it hard to believe you're being fair. I'm not a fan of any of the candidates so far (maybe quinn), but I can't help but notice how you take advantage of your on air position to influence us away from him.

    Aug. 12 2013 10:31 AM
    MikeInBrklyn from Clinton Hill

    This video of the Weiner and McDonald exchange is a non-issue. McDonald is an opportunistic, grumpy grandpa. What's wrong with calling a spade a spade?

    Aug. 12 2013 10:23 AM
    fuva from harlemworld

    Judge Scheindlin: Say word.
    Ray “Bull” Kelly:
    May you and your supporters now understand that the end does not justify the means; that disproportionate black/latino male crime rates does NOT mean most black/latino males are criminals; that you cannot criminalize folk for being black/latino and male; that this rights violation is not only under effective, but it alienates communities from the NYPD, which is ultimately counterproductive.

    Aug. 12 2013 10:10 AM
    Robert from NYC

    Hey Brian how did it feel to not have to worry about being stopped and frisked on your first day back from vacation. What a relief, eh?

    Aug. 12 2013 10:08 AM

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