The debates were a public source of commentary and gathering. Many places around the neighborhoods of New York broadcast them live. There was a hush over the crowds as candidates debated fine points of very similar policies.
Those looking for more opinions watched the “other” debates which covered broader issues and showed more diversity in policy. New York voters already need to have registered for this year’s election. Even if this two-party system is outdated for the amount of sheer population as well as varied interests, hopefully the right to vote, when used for the candidate you feel most represents your views, allows us to still participate in a democratic system.
Also, remember the power of voting for your local governance can make a difference in your own back yard!