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Local NYC pols want CNN’s climate change town for presidential candidates held in Queens or Brooklyn


Former Vice President Joe Biden gestures to Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., during the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (Paul Sancya/AP)

Local pols on Friday called on CNN to hold its upcoming presidential climate crisis town hall in either Queens or Brooklyn.

The cable network announced last month that it would host the climate-change Democratic presidential town hall on Sept. 4 in New York City.

The pols argued that the New York communities most at risk from the effects of climate change should be the site of the debate.

“Qualifying candidates should answer to the Rockaway, Coney Island, and Long Island City residents who every day face toxic air, unprecedented sea level rise, heat waves, and other extreme weather. Protecting them means protecting the livelihood of New York City,” thirteen pols wrote to CNN president Jeffrey Zucker on Friday. “Queens and Brooklyn residents know the everyday struggle of climate change; they feel it as they grapple with the stress of dangerous weather taking away their jobs, their homes, or even their lives.”

Reps for CNN didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

CNN will invite candidates to the town hall who meet the Democratic National Committee's polling threshold for the upcoming September primary debate. They must get at least 2% in four approved polls by August 28.

Mayor de Blasio’s presidential campaign wouldn’t say whether he has met those thresholds.