Speaker Candidates Forum: A New Vision for Open Space

On Wednesday, November 17, New Yorkers for Parks, New York League of Conservation Voters, Regional Plan Association, and Center for an Urban Future hosted a virtual New York City Council Speaker Candidates Forum: A New Vision for Open Space from 6:30 to 8 p.m. 

Moderated by Katie Honan, political and metro reporter at THE CITY, the following candidates participated: Justin Brannan, Gale Brewer, Francisco Moya, Keith Powers, and Carlina Rivera

Candidates Adrienne Adams and Diana Ayala were unable to attend but submitted answers to the questions. You will be able to see those below soon.


All candidates agreed on several critical commitments:

  • Increasing the NYC Parks budget to at least 1% of the city budget
  • Reforming the Capital Process to make it more efficient
  • Creating a Director of the Public Realm to encourage comprehensive planning

Check out the coverage by PoliticsNY for more on the forum and the candidates’ responses.


Catch the livestream below on YouTube.

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