NEW YORK — Political Anchor Errol Louis moderates a debate on NY1 with three candidates looking to succeed Steven Matteo in the 50th City Council District on Staten Island, one of a handful of competitive council races on the ballot.

The district includes much of the mid-island, extending from Bloomfield to New Springville and South Beach.

The seat is currently held by Republican Steven Matteo, who has represented the district since 2014 and is term-limited.

The candidates in the debate are:

  • Republican Party candidate David Carr
  • Democratic Party candidate Sal Albanese
  • Conservative Party candidate George Wonica

Among the topics the candidates discussed:

  • Their rejection of COVID-19 vaccine mandates
  • What they want unvaccinated Staten Islanders to do to keep other residents safe from the coronavirus
  • Their records when it comes to supporting the city police department
  • Their opinions of speed cameras and a proposal to create a protected bike lane on the Verrazzano Bridge
  • What climate resiliency measures they would prioritize if elected


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Watch the full debate above.


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