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Race Overview: Public Advocate

Also appearing on the General Election ballot:

Mollena G. Fabricant (Students First)

Robert Maresca (Conservative)

Irene Estrada (War Veterans)

Michael K. Lloyd (Freedom)

 

Click to read our Public Advocate Runoff Comparison (pdf)

 

 

 

2013 Public Advocate Primary Archive

(includes profiles of candidates eliminated via Democratic primary and run-off election

Guerriero, Saujani, Squadron, Wai)

 

 

Post-Primary Update

 

There will be a run-off in the public advocate race between Letitia James and Daniel Squadron, who sit at about 36% and 33%, respectively

 

Reshma Saujani polled third with 15% and Cathy Guerriero fourth at about 13%

 

 

THE HEADLINE: A DIVERSE FIELD PROMISES FOR A SUBSTANTIVE, COMPETITIVE RACE

 

The Public Advocate is a fairly new position – inaugurated in 1994 – it has been held by just three people, all Democrats: Mark Green (’94-’01), Betsy Gotbaum (’02-’09) and, since 2010, Bill de Blasio, who is now a candidate for Mayor. The Public Advocate’s role is to be a voice for all the residents of New York City, sometimes known as an “ombudsman” or watchdog, ensuring that all city residents receive the services they are entitled to, have their rights protected and their interests looked out for.

 

Perhaps most importantly, the Public Advocate has a platform to give voice to New Yorkers who s/he feels are being overlooked; the Public Advocate often takes the role of critic of the Mayor and the City Council, has the power to introduce legislation to the City Council, and is next in line if the sitting Mayor is unable to fulfill the duties of the office.

 

 

 

 

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The Public Advocate Race

THE HEADLINE: A CROWDED, DIVERSE FIELD PROMISES FOR A SUBSTANTIVE, COMPETITIVE RACE   The Public Advocate is a fairly new position – inaugurated in 1994 – it has been held by just three people, all Democrats: Mark Green (’94-’01), Betsy Gotbaum (’02-’09) and, since 2010, Bill de Blasio, who is now a candidate for Mayor. The Public Advocate’s role is to be a voice for all the residents-
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DecideNYC.com Launch Party a Big Success: 4/24 Press Release

DecideNYC.com *For Immediate Release* April 24, 2013 Contact: Ben Max, Founder & Managing Director DecideNYC@gmail.com     DecideNYC.com Launch Party Draws Nearly 200 Attendees and 25 Candidates   New York, NY – DecideNYC.com, “New Yorkers’ grand, central guide to the 2013 city elections and beyond,” hosted a launch party and celebration of the 2013 election cycle on-
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Advocating for Jobs, Housing, & Criminal Justice in Brooklyn

by Tammara Brathwaite   On Wednesday, July 17th, Decide NYC was front and center at a Public Advocate candidate forum hosted by Political Power Through Organizing and City Councilman Jumaane Williams (CD45; pictured, left), held at Tropical Reflections in Brooklyn. In attendance, in order of appearance, was Michael Blake, who represented candidate Reshma Saujani, whose campaign he manages (Saujani-
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Advocating, Publicly, for Votes

The “third” city-wide race continues to fly under the radar   by Caleb Kennedy   All four major Democratic candidates in New York City’s public advocate race participated in Tuesday night’s forum hosted by Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century at the Elmo Lounge and Restaurant in Manhattan. Although not drawing the same attention as the two other citywide races, the contest-
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Five Candidates, Each the Winner?

Questions remain after the first televised public advocate debate   by Ben Max   Thursday night’s first televised debate among the five Democratic candidates for Public Advocate was a rare chance at center stage for this largely overlooked race. A new poll released just before the debate shows 49% of voters undecided about who should replace mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio as Advocate. Several-
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With the BP’s Endorsement, James Looks to Advance in Queens

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall endorses Tish James for Public Advocate   by Ben Max   Citing her work on affordable housing, health care access for women, and jobs, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall has endorsed Brooklyn City Council Member Letitia “Tish” James for Public Advocate. With the endorsement, James (pictured) increases her institutional support in Queens, where-
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Cathy Guerriero (D)

Campaign Website Facebook Page Twitter Profile Political Party: Democratic Party Office Seeking: Public Advocate Opponents: Letitia James (D)  Reshma Saujani (D)  Daniel Squadron (D)  Sidique Wai (D) Currently: Professor at Columbia University and New York University, Consultant Previously: Director of Strategic Planning at the Archdiocese of New York, Director of Government Relations for Catholic-
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Letitia James (D)

Campaign Website Facebook Page Twitter Profile Political Party: Democrat Office Seeking: Public Advocate Opponents: Cathy Guerriero (D)  Reshma Saujani (D)  Daniel Squadron (D)  Sidique Wai (D) Currently: City Council Member for District 35, Co-chair of the Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council, Chair of the City Council’s Sanitation Committee Previously: Counsel and Chief of Staff-
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2013 Public Advocate Primary Archive

The links below feature archives of our 2013 public advocate candidate pages from the Democratic primary. Please note that some links may no longer be active.   Democratic Candidates   Image Credit: NYTimes   Cathy Gurerriero (D)   Letitia James (D)   Reshma Saujani (D)   Daniel Squadron (D) (Defeated by Letitia James in run-off election)   Sidique Wai (D)   var-
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Fold on the Public Advocate? Let’s Double Down Instead

by Talia Werber     Tomorrow, Tuesday October 1st, is the runoff election for the Democratic nomination in the race to become the next New York City Public Advocate. Sadly, what is most talked about is not the public advocate’s important role in city government, it is the outrageous price-tag of the impending runoff between City Councilmember Letitia James and State Senator Daniel Squadron (pictured).-
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