Public Advocate

Who will replace Bill De Blasio (pictured above) as NYC's next Public Advocate? (Photo: CC/Flickr/Bill De Blasio)

James–Squadron: The Big Little Battle for NYC Public Advocate

New York City voters face a tough choice on October 1st, 2013, when they will cast their vote in the Democratic run off for Public Advocate. The candidates, Letitia “Tish” James and Daniel Squadron, have been campaigning, debating and fighting for votes these past few weeks in a hotly contested race that has them agreeing on some issues, while fighting over the few key differences. Letitia James, a councilwoman from Brooklyn, is very well known to local activists from her years of community organizing, and has drawn wide support from groups like 32B-J/199-SEIU and New York Communities for Change. In an email to supporters, Theresa R. Revesz, Chair of Citizen Action in New York City, wrote that “over the last decade-plus, there has not been a single more active, reliable and hardworking advocate for progressive values in New York City than Tish.” From the fight to keep city hospitals open to…

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Race Tightens as NYers Search for a People’s Mayor

There was a time New Yorkers were resigned to the fact that City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a close ally of the real estate industry, would win the Democratic mayoral primary. Between all that corporate money and name recognition, insurgent primary campaign efforts seemed futile. With the City Council Speaker having earned the nickname Deputy Mayor Quinn, New York had braced itself for Bloomberg Four. As the primary season has heated up, things have gotten more complicated. With negative stories appearing about Quinn’s cutthroat vindictiveness and the heat she drew for blocking the paid sick days bill, City Hall is no longer hers for the taking. She may still come out on top in the primary, but not with enough votes to avoid a run-off. The question becomes: Is there a 99 percent alternative to Quinn’s embodiment of the status quo? In a sense, there’s only so much one can…

Front-runner Christine Quinn speaking to business leaders in Brooklyn. (Photo: Myrtle Avenue Business Partnership/CC)

Mixed Bag for NY’s Working, Middle Class Families in 2013 Mayoral Election

Your rent is too damn high. You’re trying to make a living in the worst economy since the Depression. If you have a job, you probably haven’t gotten more than a token raise in years, and there’s a good chance you’re working freelance or part-time, with no benefits or security. So what does this year’s crop of mayoral candidates have to offer you, after 12 years of rule by Michael Bloomberg, the seventh-richest person in the United States—who increased his fortune by more than $22 billion while in office? — Six of the 11 now running are Democrats—City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu, and former Comptroller Bill Thompson, plus former Councilmember Sal Albanese and activist/comedian Randy Credico. Four are seeking the Republican nomination: former Metropolitan Transportation Authority chair Joseph Lhota, supermarket billionaire John Catsimatidis, community-newspaper publisher Tom Allon, and George McDonald, head of…

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The BQ Brew: Artisan Journalism for the East Boroughs

Starting a media outlet in New York City, the most media-saturated market in the world, has to be one of the most nerve-wracking experiences available. And yet we’re excited. We’re excited because we see a lot of important media work that needs to be done in our communities. If there’s ever been a modern symbol of simultaneous urban magic and misery, prosperity and inequity, well-conceived hope and unforeseen despair, then surely New York City is that symbol. If you need proof of this unfolding epic, go check out your corner store being priced out, check out the working families on your block living in overcrowded housing because developers want to extort rent prices as high as possible, check out the co-op owners and small property holders being milked so that Wall Street and the major developers can continue to profit off the city without chipping in for its expenses, check…

New York Public Advocate Bill de Blasio

Lost Wages Due to Sandy? NY Public Advocate May Be Able to Help

During Hurricane Sandy, millions of New Yorkers were trapped away from work. For folks who could not work remotely, this sometimes translated to lost wages for jobs the had no way of getting to. New York City Public Advocate Bill De Blasio recently announced that there may be help available for not only businesses who were affected by the storm, but employees who might have lost out on a few days pay. According to CBS: [De Blasio’s] team has been providing assistance to businesses with insurance, aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, loans, and worker compensation. “We’re trying to make sure folks get lost wages, they get lost income, they get help from the Small Business Administration to get some money in their pockets to get up and running, they get help getting their electricity back on – we’re working on all those fronts,” de Blasio told 1010 WINS….