The last Democratic debate before the early voting begins in the New York mayor’s primary is scheduled for Thursday night. The debate is hosted by CBS New York and will air on CBSN New York.
The debate will feature four of the top contenders for the Democratic nomination: Kathryn Garcia, Scott Stringer, Maya Wiley and Andrew Yang. One of the other favorites, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, is not participating in the debate, saying he will instead be at a vigil with the family of a 10-year-old boy killed in a shooting on last weekend in Queens.
How to watch New York’s Democratic mayor’s third debate
What: Debate at Democratic New York City Hall
Dated: Thursday, June 10, 2021
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: CBS Broadcast Center, New York
Online feed: Live on CBSN New York in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device.
The debate comes as Adams faces questions about his life situation, following a Politico article on Tuesday that detailed late nights at Brooklyn Borough Hall, various addresses listed on some official documents on where he lives and spends time with his partner in New Jersey. Adams invited reporters to his Brooklyn apartment on Wednesday and showed them inside. He said he worked late nights at Borough Hall and became emotional as he spoke about how his past jobs affected his relationship with his son. He denied living in New Jersey, as some rivals have suggested.
Adams’s opponents have called on him to release the travel documents and said it should be easy to explain where he lives.
Early voting is expected to begin on Saturday and last until June 20. The day of the primary is June 22. More than 180,000 mail-in ballots were sent out for the primary, but it’s not yet clear how many of them are for the Democratic primary.
The winner of the June primary will be the frontrunner to become New York City’s next strongly Democratic mayor.
The top eight candidates have held two previous debates and a final debate is scheduled for the “leading candidates” on June 16. Crime and the police were the dominant topics in the first two debates, along with affordable housing, economic recovery and education.
The June primary will be the first New York City-wide election using the preferential vote. The electoral board said it could take until mid-July to determine which candidate won the election due to the rules on postal ballots.
Thursday evening’s debate will be moderated by WCBS presenter Maurice DuBois and WCBS political reporter Marcia Kramer. It is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, and then air on CBSN New York at 8 p.m. ET.