ELECTION DEBATE: New York City Mayoral Democratic Primary

Co-hosted by:

  • Spectrum News NY1
  • WNYC – Gothamist
  • Citizens Union
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Social Work Votes (Columbia School of Social Work & Latino Leadership Institute)


Social Work Votes, a partnership between CSSW and the Latino Research Institute, is co-hosting the first in a series of live televised debates for New York City’s 2021 mayoral election, to be broadcast live by Spectrum News NY1. The debate series is sponsored by NYC Votes, the voter outreach and engagement campaign of the Campaign Finance Board.

Said Dean Melissa Begg: “We are excited to participate in the upcoming New York City mayoral debate, and eager to uphold the right to vote and debate critical issues not only in the city, but nationwide.”

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Social Work Votes is a student-led initiative through Columbia School of Social Work and the Latino Research Institute. Prior to the 2020 election, Social Work Votes mobilized students, faculty, and field agencies to increase civic engagement in communities in New York, as well as “purple” states like Pennsylvania and Florida. Social Work Votes also promotes voting education through social media, and they interview and discuss important topics within the intersection of policy and social work with prominent leaders and activists.