League of Women Voters invite Maloney and Lawler to CD17 debate

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. Legislative Gazette file photo

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, has agreed to participate in the League of Women Voters’ debate for candidates running in the newly drawn 17th Congressional District. In a recent statement, Maloney has called on Republican opponent, Assemblyman Michael Lawler, R-Pearl River, to join him in the virtual debate planned for Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. 

Assemblyman Michael Lawler

“Thank you to the League of Women Voters for agreeing to host a forum for the NY-17 congressional race. I am eager to participate and grateful for the opportunity to directly answer questions from voters,” said Maloney, who has held 183 town halls since taking office in 2013 as representative for New York’s 18th District. 

In addition to being live streamed, the League of Women Voters will post the debate in its entirety on their online platforms for those who are unable to tune in live, or want to rewatch it. 

Maloney is running this November on the issues of gun safety, infrastructure improvement and abortion rights. 

“The differences between my opponent and I couldn’t be more stark: I believe health decisions belong between a woman and her doctor; Lawler believes politicians should be allowed to ban all abortions, even in cases of rape and incest.

“I have fought for commonsense policies like universal background checks that will protect our kids and communities from gun violence; Lawler opposes gun safety reforms and consistently voted against them in Albany. 

“I have fought to bring millions in infrastructure investment to ensure clean drinking water and repair our roads and bridges to the Hudson Valley; Lawler opposed those investments in our economy and communities.”

Because his policies are polar opposite from his opponent, Maloney believes a debate will be the best forum to express their differences publicly for voters to make a decision ahead of elections.

“Given these differences and the other critical issues we face as a nation, I am calling on my opponent to join me in agreeing to participate in a debate and forum this fall where voters can hear directly from us about where we stand. Elected leaders must be accessible and available to the public,” Maloney said. 

Maloney said he is working with Lawler’s campaign staff and local news organizations to find an appropriate date and venue for an additional debate between the two candidates.