Democratic Candidates for NY State Attorney General Debate

Thursday, September 6, 2018, 7 - 8:30pm

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One week before the New York state primaries, WNYC and The Cooper Union will host what is likely to be the final debate for the Democratic candidates for Attorney General of New York. This event is free and open to the public in The Cooper Union's historic Great Hall. Registration is required (see below or visit our Eventbrite page).

Preet Bharara, former US Attorney, Southern District of New York, podcast host of Stay Tuned with Preet, and Distinguished Scholar in Residence, NYU School of Law, will join WNYC's Brian Lehrer to co-moderate the debate, which will also feature panelists from New York-based nonprofits that belong to New Yorkers for Responsible Lending (NYRL) coalition. The debate will be broadcast live on WNYC 93.9FM and AM820 and livestreamed on,, and

Participating candidates are Leecia Eve, Letitia James, Sean Patrick Maloney, and Zephyr Teachout.

Participating panelists from NYRL are Susan Lerner, Esq., Executive Director, Common Cause/NY;Caroline Nagy, Deputy Director for Policy and Research, Center for NYC Neighborhoods;Yan Cao, Fellow, The Century Foundation;Ndukwe D. Agwu, Esq., Interim Deputy Director, Consumer and Economic Advocacy Program, Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A.


Please note seating is on a first-come basis; an RSVP does not guarantee admission as we generally overbook to ensure a full house. Due to the nature of live broadcast, all audience members must be seated by 6:30 p.m.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The debate will be broadcast live on WNYC 93.9FM and AM820 and livestreamed on, and

Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.