Citizen Action hosts debate watching party

August 29, 2018 11:20 PM

ALBANY - Though it took place in Long Island, there were eyes on the gubernatorial debate across New York Wednesday evening.

About 30 people showed up to the Citizen Action office on Central Avenue for a debate watching party.


Jamaica Miles is the lead event organizer for Citizen Action in the Capital Region. She said in the past two years she's seen an increase in the number of people looking to get involved.

"Anything from making phone calls, to knocking on doors, doing data entry, bringing food, offering childcare,” Miles said.

Wednesday night's debate between gubernatorial candidates Cynthia Nixon and Andrew Cuomo was no exception.

Miles said watching together has its benefits.

"It gives you an opportunity not just to hear what's being said but to discuss that after it's been said with individuals around you and really unpack what happened, comments that were made, what were the issues they talked about,” Miles said. “How is this going to impact what I do on Thursday, September 13?"

Though the focus Wednesday night was on the gubernatorial race, Miles said people have started to gain interest in campaigns on every level.

"That continues to happen and more and more people are becoming educated not just about what is happening on the federal level, but what's happening on the state level,” Miles said. “Then you get past that in realizing that there's local government that makes decisions every single day and they have an opportunity to have their voices heard."

The primary election will be held on Thursday, September 13. The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 6.


Emily Burkhard

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