Candidates for Public Advocate to Make Their Case on Thursday on the UWS; Tough Questions Wanted

New York City Public Advocate Tish James won election to become New York State Attorney General, and a large group of Democratic Party candidates is now battling to succeed her as public advocate. On Thursday they’ll face off in a forum on the UWS.


on Thursday, November 29th, at 7:30 P.M.,

at the Goddard Riverside Community Center

at 593 Columbus Avenue.

We hope you will join us as West Siders to ask tough, pointed questions. Below please find a list of confirmed candidates:

To RSVP, click here.

The forum is put on by the Community Free Democrats, in conjunction with Ansonia Democrats, Broadway Democrats, Park River Independent Democrats, Manhattan Young Democrats, the Manhattan Policy Forum, Columbia Law Democrats, Northern Manhattan Democrats for Change, and Hell’s Kitchen Democrats.

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    1. Rick says:

      My question: why have this job at all? Aren’t our council members and Mayor supposed to be “public advocates”? If not, who do they advocate for?

    2. Cato says:

      Question number 1: “Do you promise us, here and now, that if elected Public Advocate you will not run for any other public office until no sooner than three years after you have completed your service as Public Advocate?”

      I would ask it only to assess the creativity of each candidate in dancing around the question to avoid making that promise. No one wants to be Public Advocate in order to advocate for the public; they want a taxpayer-funded platform (complete with staff) to run for other, usually higher, office.

    3. Chrigid says:

      What is the role of public advocate?

    4. Juan says:

      Any frequent WSR posters on there? Everyone here seems to have lots of strong opinions on how to run the city, so they should try to put them into action!

    5. Kate says:

      How will the new public advocate be selected? Will there be a special election?

    6. Philip says:

      It would be ideal to have ranked-choice voting in a wide-open non-partisan special election like this.

    7. Jen says:

      Bitcoin Businessman? I didn’t know of such a title or a trade.

    8. Paul says:

      Two things:
      1. This useless office should be abolished.
      2. See #1.

    9. Q. Public says:

      Cato, I agree with you 100% !
      Get rid of the PA office, the resources would be better spent repairing NYCHA.

      • dannyboy says:

        But the resources would NEVER be spent to repair NYCHA.

        The flow of money is FROM the general population TO the government. From THERE, the politicians direct it to THEIR constituents (who, btw, are NOT the general population).