One Debate in Each Borough in addition to CFB Debates

An opportunity to increase interest, discussion and voter participation in an election that 4 years ago produced a historically low voter turn-out.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the Republican nominee and the common sense alternative to Bill de Blasio in the race for mayor, today challenged the winner of the Democratic Primary to a series of 5 debates, one in every borough, in addition to the already planned Campaign Finance Board debates. Malliotakis called the additional debates, “an opportunity to bring the mayor’s race to the boroughs and by doing so increase interest, discussion and voter participation in an election that 4 years ago produced a historically low voter turn-out.”

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “In 2 weeks we will know whether Sal Albanese or Bill de Blasio is the nominee of the Democrat Party in the race for mayor. Today, I challenge the winner of the primary to a series of 5 debates, one in each of the borough.

“These 5 debates would be in addition to the General Election debates sponsored by the NYC Campaign Finance Board and would create an opportunity to bring the mayor’s race to the each of the boroughs and by doing so increase interest, discussion and voter participation in an election that, 4 years ago, produced a historically low voter turn-out.

“Without a doubt, these debates would be good for the voters, the candidates and for democracy and will hopefully increase turn-out in the General Election on November 7th . I would hope that Mayor de Blasio and Mr. Albanese would respond in the affirmative this week so that we can start to identify appropriate sites for the debates so that the details can be worked-out as soon as possible after the September 12th Primary.

“If the de Blasio or Albanese campaigns would like to further discuss these debates prior to the primary they can reach out to my Communications Director, Rob Ryan, who will be happy to discuss the debates with them.”

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