This Monday, August 12, will be the official NYC Campaign Finance Board debate between the two Democrats running for Comptroller: Former governor Eliot Spitzer and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. And you can suggest topics and questions for the debate!
Gothamist and our partners, NY1 News, NY1 Noticias, WNYC, Citizens Committee for New York City, Citizens Union, Hispanic Federation, and Transportation Alternatives, are sponsoring this Monday's Comptroller debate as well as a Democratic Public Advocate debate (August 15) and a Democratic mayoral debate (August 21). And if it's anything like what happened today (personal attacks and insinuations!), it should be an interesting evening.
Of course, you might need to brush up on what a Comptroller is before submitting a question—so read this—and take a look at the CFB's description of the duties:
The COMPTROLLER is the city’s chief financial officer. The comptroller’s responsibilities include: keeping the mayor and the City Council informed about the city’s financial condition; making recommendations about the operations, fiscal policies, and financial transactions of the city; auditing city agencies and investigating all matters concerning the city’s finances; registering and auditing contracts; issuing and selling city bonds; managing the city-held sinking funds and other trust and pension funds; and performing analysis to eliminate waste and fraud in city operations. The comptroller earns an annual salary of $185,000.
You can submit questions and vote for other questions: Just submit them here. Moderators Errol Louis and Brian Lehrer will be picking the top vote getters.
You will be able to watch/listen to the debate in different ways: Via TV on NY1/NY1 Noticias; via radio on WNYC; and via online on Gothamist. Or head to one of the CFB's watch parties (see the column at far right). We'll also be liveblogging!