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How to watch tonight’s debate.

June 10, 2021, 7:48 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:48 p.m. ET

Andrew Yang, who has biked with his children to school, says he received a ticket for not riding in a bike lane.

June 10, 2021, 7:46 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:46 p.m. ET

Maurice DuBois, who is Black, asks if New York City should still have places, like Stuyvesant Town, named after slaveholders. Scott Stringer, Eric Adams, Andrew Yang, Maya Wiley and Kathryn Garcia all agree that the names should be changed. “We should not honor people that have had an abusive past,” Adams says.

June 10, 2021, 7:45 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:45 p.m. ET

Andrew Yang going back at frontrunner Eric Adams once again, summarizing his argument for becoming mayor as: “I used to be a cop 20 years ago, I should be mayor.” Adams strikes back saying that Yang has not been as involved in civic life as he has.

June 10, 2021, 7:44 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:44 p.m. ET

Eric Adams is asked about gun violence in North Brooklyn, an area of the borough that notoriously has some of the highest gun violence rates in the city. It houses neighborhoods like East New York and Brownsville, Black and Latino neighborhoods where distrust of the police is high, and much of the work to combat gun violence has fallen to community groups and volunteers.

June 10, 2021, 7:42 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:42 p.m. ET

Oddly, a moderator asks Eric Adams “Why haven’t you been able to reduce crime in your own backyard?” The question ignores the fact that Borough Presidency is a largely ceremonial role. The mayor controls the NYPD, as Adams notes in his response.

June 10, 2021, 7:42 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:42 p.m. ET

Kathryn Garcia is showing up much more strongly in this debate than the last. She fiercely defends the job she did as sanitation commissioner, talked about her diverse family, criticized Scott Stringer for what she saw as an unfair audit and mentioned her endorsements.

June 10, 2021, 7:40 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:40 p.m. ET

Maya Wiley and Kathryn Garcia, the two leading female candidates, team up to criticize Scott Stringer, who released an audit recently on Garcia’s tenure at the sanitation department — an audit they said was timed to hurt her politically.

June 10, 2021, 7:40 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:40 p.m. ET

Maya Wiley and Scott Stringer are going at it, accusing each other of abusing the power of city positions they held. Both are competing for progressive votes, with Stringer seeking to revive his campaign following sexual misconduct allegations.

June 10, 2021, 7:39 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:39 p.m. ET

Debate moderators are digging into criticisms of each candidate. Andrew Yang is asked about whether he would travel to his second home outside the city; Scott Stringer is asked about sexual abuse allegations and Maya Wiley is asked about decisions she made while counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

June 10, 2021, 7:38 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:38 p.m. ET

Scott Stringer attacks Maya Wiley. He accuses of her being central to two corruption scandals in the de Blasio administration. Wiley pushes back and says Stringer has used his office to perform audits in his personal interest.

June 10, 2021, 7:37 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:37 p.m. ET

Stringer inaccurately said he was misquoted by The New York Times in a report about a second allegation of making unwanted sexual advances decades ago. He was not misquoted. In response to the accuser’s description of an unprofessional work environment at a bar he co-owned, he said: “Uptown Local was a long-ago chapter in my life from the early 1990s and it was all a bit of a mess.”

June 10, 2021, 7:36 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:36 p.m. ET

Scott Stringer taking his turn on the hot seat as moderator Marcia Kramer presses him on a second allegation of sexual abuse. Stringer denies the charges, which he says are 20 and 30 years old and urges voters to  “look at my 30-year record of service.”

June 10, 2021, 7:35 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:35 p.m. ET

Andrew Yang, asked if he’d take a police detail to his second home in New Paltz as mayor, says he doesn’t expect to leave the city for a single day in his first term. He’ll be in the city “grinding away,” he says. “New Yorkers are going to be sick of me.”

June 10, 2021, 7:35 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:35 p.m. ET

Maya Wiley responded to the question by saying she was “not prepared to make that decision in a debate.”
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Policing has been a major issue during the mayoral campaign, and it came up early in tonight’s debate, when Maurice DuBois asked candidates if they would move to take away guns from the city’s police officers.

None of the candidates seemed particularly enthusiastic about doing so: four of them — Kathryn Garcia, Andrew Yang, Scott M. Stringer and Eric Adams — said unequivocally that they would not.

Maya Wiley, who has sought to become the left’s standard-bearer and has made police reform a central tenet of her campaign, was the exception. She deferred, saying she was “not prepared to make that decision in a debate.”

Mr. Stringer, who has also courted support from left-leaning voters, was more direct, saying he would not take guns away from the police. But he acknowledged that violent crime in the city was rising, saying that when he grew up in the city, the “A train was a rolling crime scene,” a scenario he hoped to avert.

Mr. Adams, a former police officer, jumped off the imagery, invoking overnight shifts when he was on the transit beat.

“I will never forget riding the subway from 8:00 at night until 4:00 in the morning,” he said. “A woman on the train had a knife trying to stab someone, swinging wildly. I had to make a decision, do I draw my firearm with other passengers, or do I take action?”

Instead, he said, he wanted to see better training for police officers.

June 10, 2021, 7:31 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:31 p.m. ET

This debate is so far more orderly than the last one. Marcia Kramer, one of the moderators, has done a formidable job interjecting and pressing the candidates to answer the questions.

June 10, 2021, 7:31 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:31 p.m. ET

In defending New York State’s legalization of marijuana, both Maya Wiley and Kathryn Garcia correctly point out that the vast majority of the people the Police Department arrests for marijuana-related offenses were overwhelmingly people of color.

June 10, 2021, 7:29 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:29 p.m. ET

The topic turns to marijuana, which was recently legalized in New York. Eric Adams says it’s important to regulate where the drug can be smoked. Currently, it can be smoked wherever tobacco is allowed, but the city has the option to implement additional regulations designating where it can and cannot be smoked.

June 10, 2021, 7:29 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:29 p.m. ET

Eric Adams, burnishing his law enforcement profile, says that he’s “concerned about the marijuana laws altogether,” and supports restrictions on second-hand marijuana smoke.

June 10, 2021, 7:28 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:28 p.m. ET

“He spent months attacking me for not being a New Yorker,” Andrew Yang said of Eric Adams. “Meanwhile, he was attacking me from New Jersey.”
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The debate moderators wasted no time delving into the left-field issue that has dominated the mayoral race this week: Does Eric Adams, who has been one of the front- runners all spring, even live in the city he hopes to govern?

The candidates were happy to pile on to Mr. Adams, to varying degrees, though after they got their shots in, the debate settled down considerably.

Andrew Yang, who has faced criticism for having spent much of the pandemic at a second home north of the city, dove in like he’d been waiting to be asked the question all day.

“I want to reflect on the oddness and the bizarreness of where we are in this race right now, where Eric is literally trying to convince New Yorkers where he lives and that he lives in this basement,” Mr. Yang said. “He spent months attacking me for not being a New Yorker. Meanwhile, he was attacking me from New Jersey.”

The other candidates were more circumspect. Maya Wiley and Scott Stringer said that they were not overly concerned with where Mr. Adams lays his head as much as they were with his policies and whether he was being honest with New Yorkers.

“It is absolutely clear New Yorkers want a mayor that is fully forthcoming and honest,” Ms. Wiley said. Mr. Stringer, after wisecracking that “the only time I go to New Jersey is by accident,” turned the conversation back to his own experience in governing. “We need a mayor that will not rely on training wheels when they get to City Hall,” said Mr. Stringer, the city comptroller.

Kathryn Garcia, similarly, said what mattered to New Yorkers was a mayor who “will be able to deliver on their affordable housing promises.”

Mr. Adams himself tried to put the matter to rest, using the word “Brooklyn” six times in less than 30 seconds. “I live in Brooklyn,” he said with a broad smile. “I am happy to be there.”

June 10, 2021, 7:27 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:27 p.m. ET

Maya Wiley has been one of the fiercest critics of Governor Andrew Cuomo and called on him to resign in response to allegations of sexual misconduct. She says she would work with the governor by organizing constituencies to put pressure on him.

June 10, 2021, 7:26 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:26 p.m. ET

In discussing his potential relationship with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Andrew Yang says that the rest of the state needs New York City, given that it drives a significant share of the state’s economy. The rest of the state has rebounded better than the city so far. The unemployment rate in the city is 11.4 percent — about double what it is in the rest of the state.

June 10, 2021, 7:25 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:25 p.m. ET

Since we’re talking about the governor: Last week, he said several times that he thought crime and public safety were the most important issues in the mayor’s race.

June 10, 2021, 7:24 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:24 p.m. ET

Eric Adams says he’s going to put his ego aside and work with Andrew Cuomo for “team New York.” Andrew Yang says he has had “a number of calls” with the governor and touts his friendship with Cuomo’s brother, the CNN host Chris Cuomo.

June 10, 2021, 7:22 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:22 p.m. ET

The candidates are asked how they would work with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who has a knack for feuding with Mayor Bill de Blasio and overruling city decisions. “Nobody in Albany, when I’m mayor, will steal my lunch money,” Scott Stringer says.

June 10, 2021, 7:21 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:21 p.m. ET

Maya Wiley says Justin Wallace, a 10-year-old boy who was fatally shot, did not die because the city didn’t have enough police officers. His death shows the need for “trauma-informed care,” she says.

June 10, 2021, 7:20 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:20 p.m. ET

Eric Adams decided to attend the debate and not go to the vigil for Justin Wallace, a 10-year-old fatally shot in Queens, because he felt that “attempts to politicize the memorial would be a painful distraction.” Andrew Yang’s co-campaign manager had accused Adams of trying to avoid the debate stage.

June 10, 2021, 7:19 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:19 p.m. ET

The tone of this debate is much more calm than the last debate, where the candidates were talking over one another and ignoring the calls of moderators to stop speaking. Even the initial debate over Eric Adams’s residency was relatively calm compared with the frenetic opening hour of the last debate.

June 10, 2021, 7:17 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:17 p.m. ET

The plain clothes police unit Eric Adams has proposed bringing back was disbanded last year by the police commissioner, who said the unit — which was routinely criticized for aggressive tactics and excessive force — contributed to distrust between the police and communities.

June 10, 2021, 7:16 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:16 p.m. ET

Fifteen minutes into the debate, the questions have so far focused on whether Eric Adams lives in New York, the campaign topic of the week, and public safety, an issue that has defined the campaign for months now.

June 10, 2021, 7:14 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:14 p.m. ET

Maya Wiley continues to bank on the notion that at a time of rising shootings, New Yorkers want fewer cops, not more.

June 10, 2021, 7:14 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:14 p.m. ET

Eric Adams has called for the return of the plain clothes police unit whose goal is to get guns off the street. He has also said stop-and-frisk is a tool that can be used legally and effectively. Maya Wiley has hammered at Adams over those points in the last few weeks.

June 10, 2021, 7:13 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:13 p.m. ET

In a repeat of the last debate, Andrew Yang says that as mayor, he would embark on a “massive recruitment drive for new police officers”

June 10, 2021, 7:13 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:13 p.m. ET

For now, Eric Adams’ residency question is coming down to perceptions: Is he evasive, ethically challenge? Or do his paperwork problems and late nights add up to something more ordinary and relatable, the eccentric habit of a man with a life devoted to work and politics and overflowing, like so many other people’s, with conflicting commitments to professional, personal and family life?

June 10, 2021, 7:11 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:11 p.m. ET

Eric Adams mentions his partner, Tracey Collins, a former school principal, whom he shares a home with in Fort Lee, N.J. Several of the candidates have brought their spouses or children on the campaign trail. Not Mr. Adams. He has said that Ms. Collins is private and does not want to be involved in politics.

June 10, 2021, 7:10 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:10 p.m. ET

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The possibility raised by his Democratic rivals that Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, lives in New Jersey, and not in Brooklyn as he has maintained, raises the issue of whether he is legally eligible to become New York City’s next mayor.

The law seems to say: Yes he can.

For one, even if he did live in New Jersey, state law only says that he has to be living in New York City on Election Day in November, according to the state’s board of elections.

It’s not disputed that Mr. Adams owns a multiunit townhouse on Lafayette Avenue, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, which he says is his primary residence; the focus of the news media’s recent interest is how many days and nights he spends there, versus at a property he owns in New Jersey.

The text of the state law governing residency states that “residence” means a “place where a person maintains a fixed, permanent and principal home and to which he, wherever temporarily located, always intends to return.” Election law experts said courts have generally been generous in interpreting what residency means for candidates.

Courts have typically allowed candidates to have two residences, and they can select one as their “political home,” said Martin Connor, an election lawyer who was a state senator for 30 years until 2008.

Mr. Connor said courts have at times allowed people to claim a place as their residence even if they stay there only two nights a week. He said that Mr. Adams staying with his girlfriend in New Jersey “doesn’t obviate his Brooklyn residence.”

“Usually you’re OK if you got an apartment, you got a bed, you got a refrigerator, particularly if you own the building,” he said.

June 10, 2021, 7:10 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:10 p.m. ET

“I don’t live in New Paltz,” Eric Adams said, a dig at Andrew Yang, who spent significant parts of the pandemic in the Hudson Valley and has been criticized by his rivals for it.

June 10, 2021, 7:10 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:10 p.m. ET

Maya Wiley addresses a legislative proposal from Albany, which would significantly raise the bar for the police firing their weapons, and would require that the police only use lethal force as a “last resort.” This proposal has come under fierce criticism from the police, who say the new rules would make it much more difficult for officers to make split-second decisions during confrontations with suspects.

June 10, 2021, 7:09 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:09 p.m. ET

Andrew Yang goes after Adams, saying he never held a Zoom forum from the Brooklyn basement apartment where he says he lives. Important to note that Yang has been criticized himself for living upstate at the height of the pandemic.

June 10, 2021, 7:08 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:08 p.m. ET

Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, had a long career with the police department before moving into politics.
Credit…James Estrin/The New York Times

Eric Adams is among the most politically seasoned candidates in the race: Before being elected to his current job as Brooklyn borough president, he was a state senator. He began his career in the Police Department, rising to captain while pushing for reform as a result of his own experience being beaten by officers as a teenager.

Mr. Adams, 60, has run as a political moderate, opposing calls to defund the police while proposing to publicly identify officers whom the Police Department is monitoring for bad behavior. Other elements of his platform include giving New Yorkers a real-time ratings for how government agencies perform, appointing an “efficiency czar” and using drones to perform building inspections.

Some of Mr. Adams’s critics claim that he is too cozy with real estate interests, and they have noted that he was a registered Republican from 1995 to 2002.

He has also faced several ethics investigations, including one that found he violated conflict-of-interest rules by soliciting money for a nonprofit organization he controls from donors who had business with the city.

Leading up to the debate, Mr. Adams has faced questions about whether he lives part-time in New Jersey, with rivals linking the issue to other questions about his transparency, as well as to a previous report that he failed to list rental income on his tax returns.

June 10, 2021, 7:07 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:07 p.m. ET

Eric Adams held an emotional news conference outside of the townhouse he owns in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Wednesday. He choked up for more than a minute, his lips quivering and a tear rolling down his face, as he explained that he became fiercely protective of his privacy when he was a police officer and someone shot at his car just after his son was born.

June 10, 2021, 7:07 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:07 p.m. ET

Eric Adams is wearing a broad smile on his face as he says, “I live in Brooklyn, I live in Bedford-Stuyvesant”

June 10, 2021, 7:06 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:06 p.m. ET

Scott Stringer, the city comptroller, has cast himself as a progressive candidate with deep management experience.
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Scott M. Stringer, the city comptroller, has worked in and around politics and government for decades. He served on a community planning board as a teenager and rose steadily through New York City’s Democratic ranks from there.

He was a district leader, a state assemblyman and the Manhattan borough president before defeating former Gov. Eliot Spitzer in the 2013 Democratic primary on the way to becoming comptroller.

Mr. Stringer, 61, has cast himself as both a progressive candidate and a seasoned government veteran who is prepared to “manage the hell out of the city” from his first day as mayor.

His bid has been complicated by two allegations of unwanted sexual advances from decades ago, both of which he has denied. A number of progressive officials who had endorsed him no longer do, but he has retained some support from labor groups, most notably the teachers’ union.

June 10, 2021, 7:06 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:06 p.m. ET

Kathryn Garcia says she found the reports over where Eric Adams lives “confusing” and chooses to focus on her record as a crisis manager. “I’m the person who can deliver on impossible problems,” she says.

June 10, 2021, 7:05 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:05 p.m. ET

Kathryn Garcia, the former sanitation commissioner, has developed a reputation as a problem solver and crisis manager.
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Kathryn Garcia was one of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s senior cabinet members until last fall, when she left her job as sanitation commissioner to prepare for her campaign for mayor.

Ms. Garcia, 51, has never sought elected office before, but she has an extensive city government résumé and developed a reputation as a go-to problem solver during crises. She has campaigned on that experience and her knowledge, hoping it would resonate voters.

After flying under the radar, Ms. Garcia’s campaign began to pick up steam in recent weeks, particularly after endorsements from the editorial boards of The New York Times and The Daily News.

The wider name recognition has brought more attention to her policy positions and track record at the Sanitation Department, where she oversaw vast programs that are vital to making New York function, including trash collection and snow removal.

But as she has gained more support, she has also faced attacks from her rivals that were absent during the earlier phases of the campaign.

June 10, 2021, 7:05 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:05 p.m. ET

Maya Wiley is a civil rights lawyer who says her “New Deal New York” plan would create 10,000 affordable housing units and 100,000 jobs.
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Maya D. Wiley is a civil rights lawyer and former MSNBC analyst who was counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio and chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board during his first term.

As a candidate, she has promoted a $10 billion “New Deal New York” plan that she says would create 100,000 jobs, finance public works and climate-related projects, create 10,000 affordable housing units and pay for the hiring of 2,500 new teachers.

Ms. Wiley, 57, has also pledged to redirect money from the Police Department to community-based groups to tailor their own violence-prevention programs, and to hire a civilian as police commissioner.

She has attracted support from liberal groups and in recent weeks has picked up a number of endorsements from progressive lawmakers and organizations, particularly as other left-leaning candidates have stumbled.

But Ms. Wiley has also been criticized for her stewardship of the review board, a police-oversight agency that some people have said became too secretive in its disciplinary procedures on her watch.

Ms. Wiley has also come under fire for creating a special designation — “agents of the city” — for Mr. de Blasio’s outside advisers during her tenure as counsel. The designation allowed the mayor for a time to keep his communications with those advisers confidential.

June 10, 2021, 7:04 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 7:04 p.m. ET

Andrew Yang has cast himself as an optimistic cheerleader for New York’s recovery, though his tone has shifted somewhat in recent weeks.
Credit…James Estrin/The New York Times

Andrew Yang, who has a background in nonprofit management, rose to prominence last year as a presidential candidate with a platform that focused on providing a universal basic income to Americans.

Although he ranked low in the polls, Mr. Yang, 46, outlasted several candidates with more political experience. He ended the race with high name recognition and a national profile.

Before running for president, Mr. Yang had a mixed record as an entrepreneur. He has also been criticized for his lack of involvement in city politics before this year’s race — he has never voted in a mayoral election — and for his reliance on an outside consulting firm with ties to former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

Mr. Yang has positioned himself as New York City’s chief cheerleader, running for mayor as an optimistic government outsider. As the race has entered its final weeks, he has occasionally painted a darker picture of the city, in part to convince residents not to vote for contenders that he casts as status quo operators.

Mr. Yang has also sought to portray himself as the anti-poverty candidate, drawing from his presidential campaign’s best-known idea to propose giving about $2,000 a year to the poorest New Yorkers.

June 10, 2021, 6:56 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 6:56 p.m. ET

Supporters rallied outside the CBS Broadcast Center before the debate.
Credit…Hilary Swift for The New York Times

Because of pandemic-related rules, tonight’s debate will not have an audience. But that didn’t keep a swarm of shouting, sign-waving supporters from gathering outside the CBS Broadcast Center in Manhattan as the candidates arrived this afternoon.

Dozens of people supporting Andrew Yang dominated the sidewalk east of the studio, but Eric Adams had backers in roughly equal numbers spilling onto 57th Street, much to the visible concern of police officers trying to keep the street clear. A mix of supporters for Maya Wiley, Scott M. Stringer and Kathryn Garcia massed on the curb across the street from the entrance.

Mr. Yang’s supporters were blasting a recording of “Yang For NY,” a campaign recorded by MC Jin. Mr. Adams’s camp had a customized campaign song of its own, with a rapid-fire beat and a refrain in Spanish: “Sí se puede.”

“This is the biggest pre-debate rally I’ve seen,” said Bryan Clampitt, 58, a Chelsea resident who is backing Ms. Wiley. He attributed the energy outside the studio to a tightening race. “I think it’s about momentum,” he said.

Mr. Adams, who was the last of the five candidates to commit to participating in the debate, was also the final one to arrive. Smiling, he slowly made his way through a throng of demonstrators, including a number of Mr. Yang’s supporters who were chanting, “The status quo has got to go!”

Mr. Yang has sought to himself as a candidate of change, urging voters to choose him over his rivals, all of whom he said would preserve politics as usual. He arrived at the debate a few minutes before Mr. Adams, walking west on 57th Street toward his admirers, who surrounded him and handed him a microphone and a bullhorn.

Mr. Yang, to cheers, promised to “turn the page on the politics of the past” and to lead “a government that works for the people of this city.”

As he finished speaking, Ms. Garcia made a comparatively quiet entrance, gliding through the front door of the studio.

June 10, 2021, 6:40 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 6:40 p.m. ET

Marcia Kramer is the chief political correspondent for CBS.
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The moderators of tonight’s debate on WCBS-TV are, appropriately enough, two of the station’s broadcast journalists: Marcia Kramer and Maurice DuBois.

Ms. Kramer, the channel’s chief political correspondent, has been a political journalist in New York for decades. Before jumping to WCBS in 1990, she covered Albany and City Hall for The New York Daily News.

Ms. Kramer has been known for asking direct questions of elected officials and politicians. Notably, in 1992, she asked then-candidate Bill Clinton about his marijuana use, prompting his famous comment that he “did not inhale.”

She would later moderate a debate with Hillary Clinton during her successful 2000 bid for U.S. Senate, and she has questioned candidates in debates in past races for governor and mayor.

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Mr. DuBois, an anchor for WCBS-TV’s 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts, has been a broadcast journalist in New York since 1997. He has covered past national political conventions in addition to more local races.

Along with Ms. Kramer, Mr. DuBois moderated a heated 2018 debate during the Democratic primary for governor between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon.

June 10, 2021, 6:26 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 6:26 p.m. ET

Shaun Donovan, the former federal housing secretary, is one of three Democratic candidates who has participated in previous debates but won’t be on stage tonight.
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The debate tonight will feature only five leading Democrats running for mayor: Eric Adams, Kathryn Garcia, Scott M. Stringer, Maya D. Wiley and Andrew Yang.

Mr. Adams had initially said he would not attend the debate, but changed his mind on Thursday.

Several other candidates who have appeared in other debates were not invited: Shaun Donovan, the former federal housing secretary; Raymond J. McGuire, a former Wall Street executive; and Dianne Morales, a former nonprofit executive.

Mike Nelson, a spokesman for CBS, said the hosts wanted to feature only the leading contenders and the decision was based on polling and the number of small-dollar contributions each candidate has.

Mr. Donovan’s campaign was upset that he did not receive an invite.

“It’s outrageous that CBS would put their thumb so heavily on the scale during a democratic election,” his campaign manager, Brendan McPhillips, said in a statement. “Not only have they failed to reach out to all of the candidates, they won’t even share the criteria for their arbitrary decision.”

The most recent polls have showed Mr. Adams in front, with Ms. Wiley, Mr. Yang and Ms. Garcia not far behind. Support for Mr. Stringer, the city comptroller, has fallen after he was accused of sexual misconduct by two women.

Mr. Donovan, Mr. McGuire and Ms. Morales were all at roughly 5 percent or less in recent polls. Mr. Donovan and Mr. McGuire have failed to take off as candidates despite raising large amounts of money. Ms. Morales has faced growing problems with her campaign staff.

June 10, 2021, 6:11 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 6:11 p.m. ET

Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, reversed course on Thursday and said he would debate four of his rivals.
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In an effort to avoid a potentially “painful distraction” for the family of a slain child, Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, on Thursday reversed course and said he would in fact be participating in tonight’s debate.

In a two-part Twitter thread, Mr. Adams decried his opponents’ attempts to “politicize” a vigil for Justin Wallace, 10, who was killed last week in Rockaway, Queens, that Mr. Adams had been planning to attend in lieu of the CBS debate. Mr. Adams said that after speaking with a representative for the Wallace family, he had decided to skip the vigil and “continue to work with the family to bring an end to gun violence.”

Justin, who was just days shy of his 11th birthday, was shot and killed while opening the door to his aunt’s house. The police charged a suspect with murder on Tuesday, the same day that Justin had been planning to celebrate his birthday with a trip to an amusement park.

Various vigils had been planned for Justin this week, including one on Wednesday attended by three of Mr. Adams’s rivals, Andrew Yang, Maya D. Wiley, and Raymond J. McGuire, and another on Thursday organized by Justin’s school and written about in the Rockaway Times.

Mr. Yang had accused Mr. Adams of skipping the debate because he was afraid to answer tough questions, while one of Mr. Yang’s campaign managers claimed Mr. Adams had created his own vigil as an excuse to skip out on the debate.

Donovan Richards, the Queens borough president and a former councilman from Rockaway who has endorsed Mr. Adams, erupted in anger when asked about Mr. Yang’s contention.

“Stop trying to score political points on the back of a 10-year-old boy who should have been graduating,” he said Thursday. “You can go back to your home and sleep at night, but at the end of the night, every person has to lay their head on a pillow, and their pillow sheets are drenched.”

Mr. Adams’ team had also pointed that he was already participating in all three debates required by the city’s Campaign Finance Board, and this is not one of them.

“Andrew Yang fled the city at its darkest moment, so he really shouldn’t be accusing others of hiding,” said Menashe Shapiro, one of Mr. Adams’ campaign aides, referencing the fact that Mr. Yang spent at least part of the pandemic at his house in New Paltz, N.Y.

June 10, 2021, 6:02 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 6:02 p.m. ET

Supporters rallied outside the CBS Broadcast Center before the debate.
Credit…Hilary Swift for The New York Times

The third debate among Democratic candidates for mayor of New York City takes place Thursday evening from 7 to 8 p.m.

Unlike the two previous debates, only five of the leading candidates are set to attend. Kathryn Garcia, Scott M. Stringer, Maya Wiley and Andrew Yang had been planning to participate, and Eric Adams said on Thursday morning that he would also take part after initially planning to attend a vigil for a 10-year-old who was fatally shot in Queens instead.

The event is the last televised debate before the start of early voting on Saturday ahead of the June 22 primary. One more debate is scheduled for next Wednesday. The dynamics of the contest still appear largely fluid, and there has been little data to capture how several major recent developments are registering with voters.

Here are some of the ways you can watch and follow the debate:

  • Reporters from The New York Times will provide commentary and analysis throughout the hour.

  • The debate will be televised on CBS 2 New York and available on the outlet’s online streaming platforms.

  • A Spanish-language broadcast will be available on WLNY TV 10/55.

  • Listeners can also tune into the debate through the radio stations WCBS Newsradio 880 and 1010 WINS.

  • Other streams are often available on YouTube.

June 10, 2021, 6:01 p.m. ET

June 10, 2021, 6:01 p.m. ET

Left-wing lawmakers and leaders have made a major push to consolidate around Maya Wiley, center, seen here with one of her Democratic rivals, Andrew Yang, and Mr. Yang’s wife, Evelyn.
Credit…Karsten Moran for The New York Times

To borrow from mayoral candidate Dianne Morales, the Democratic primary for New York City mayor is shaping up to be a “beautiful mess” in its final stretch.

Two days before early voting begins, and with less than two weeks before the June 22 primary that will almost certainly determine the city’s next mayor, the contest appears unpredictable, increasingly rancorous and rocked by controversies, substantive and otherwise.

Five leading candidates will take the stage in the penultimate debate of the race on Thursday: Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president and presumed front-runner; Andrew Yang, the former presidential candidate; Kathryn Garcia, the former sanitation commissioner; Maya D. Wiley, a former counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Scott M. Stringer, the city comptroller.

Mr. Adams, Mr. Yang and Ms. Garcia had appeared to pull ahead in some sparse recent public polling. But Mr. Adams is likely to be a central focus of the debate as he contends with questions about his residency — he says that he lives in Brooklyn, and in fact has spent considerable time sleeping at Borough Hall. But rivals have questioned whether he is spending more of his time at a residence he co-owns with his partner in Fort Lee, N.J., and whether he is being truthful about where he lives.

Ms. Wiley and Mr. Stringer had been in competition for support from the most progressive forces in the Democratic Party. But last week, a second woman accused Mr. Stringer of making unwanted sexual advances when, she said, she worked at a bar he co-owned decades ago. Mr. Stringer said he did not recall the woman, Teresa Logan, but he said he apologized if he had made her uncomfortable. He has denied an initial allegation of making unwanted sexual advances during a 2001 campaign. The controversies halted his momentum, and a number of his supporters have abandoned him for Ms. Wiley and Mr. Adams.

Over the last week, left-wing lawmakers and leaders have made a major push to consolidate around Ms. Wiley: Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez backed her last weekend; Jumaane D. Williams, the New York City public advocate, did the same on Wednesday. Ms. Morales had also been contending for support from that wing of the party, but amid a campaign uprising and battle over unionizing efforts, she terminated dozens of workers this week, according to the union.

Ms. Morales, Shaun Donovan, a former federal housing secretary, and Raymond J. McGuire, a former Citi executive, have qualified for other debates, but not for the Thursday matchup.

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