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by Gotham Gazette Staff, Jul 17, 2013
 

The office currently held by surging Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio is widely considered the least powerful on a citywide level. But the public advocate is also next in line to be mayor. Even it's position in the line of succession betrays the actual relevance that the office plays in the city's policy making. While a public advocate certainly has some appointment powers and can introduce legislation — not vote — to the Council, it has no independently funded budget.

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UPDATES

James Takes Public Advocate Runoff By Large Margin (Gotham Gazette, Oct. 2, 2013)

Mayoral Influence Weighs Heavily On Public Advocate (Gotham Gazette, Sept. 29, 2013)

What Kind of Public Advocate Was Bill de Blasio? (Capital New York, Aug. 14, 2013)

A Heartbeat Away -- But What is the Public Advocate? (Gotham Gazette, Sept. 14, 2009)

GENERAL

Letitia James

Letitia James (D)

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Biography: Letitia James has represented the 35th district, which includes Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights and other parts of central Brooklyn, since 2003. She won on the Working Families Party line and filled the seat left vacant by the assassination of Councilmember James Davis. Prior to the council, James worked as a public defender with the Legal Aid Society, served as chief of staff for Assemblymember Roger Green and was a staff member for Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. She currently chairs the Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management. James will be term limited in 2017.

James Lane

James Lane (G)

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Biography: None.

Alex Merced

Alex Merced (L)

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Biography: None.

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Letitia James

Letitia James (D)

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Biography: Letitia James has represented the 35th district, which includes Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights and other parts of central Brooklyn, since 2003. She won on the Working Families Party line and filled the seat left vacant by the assassination of Councilmember James Davis. Prior to the council, James worked as a public defender with the Legal Aid Society, served as chief of staff for Assemblymember Roger Green and was a staff member for Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. She currently chairs the Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management. James will be term limited in 2017.

Daniel Squadron

Daniel Squadron (D)

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Biography: State Sen. Daniel Squadron has been known as a bit of a prodigy. The Brooklyn resident served as a top aide to U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer while in his twenties and helped Schumer write his book. Squadron also worked on former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s failed 2005 mayoral bid. In 2008, Squadron successfully won a primary against 30-year Democratic incumbent Sen. Martin Connor to represent the 26th State Senate District. His bid for the seat was buoyed by the support of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Schumer and Weiner during the race. Squadron’s wife, Elizabeth Weinstein, is Bloomberg’s director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations. As state senator, Squadron has pushed major pieces of ethics reform and gun control legislation. He also introduced legislation on behalf of Bloomberg, and backed him in his successful bid to renew mayoral control of schools. Squadron announced in 2012 that he would run for public advocate.

PRIMARY

Cathy Guerriero

Cathy Guerriero (D)

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Biography: Cathy Guerriero grew up in Brooklyn and in Staten Island. She now resides with her family on the Lower East Side. She was a two-sport athlete at Wagner College where she received her bachelor’s degree. She later attended New York University, receiving both a masters degree in public administration and a doctorate in educational administration. She is an active member of the New Era Democrats political club in Brooklyn and the Congress of Italian American Organizations. She runs a strategic planning consultancy and is a professor at the Teachers College at Columbia University and the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University.

CFB Funds Raised: $197,552.40

Letitia James

Letitia James (D)

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Biography: Letitia James has represented the 35th district, which includes Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights and other parts of central Brooklyn, since 2003. She won on the Working Families Party line and filled the seat left vacant by the assassination of Councilmember James Davis. Prior to the council, James worked as a public defender with the Legal Aid Society, served as chief of staff for Assemblymember Roger Green and was a staff member for Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. She currently chairs the Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management. James will be term limited in 2017.

James Lane

James Lane (G)

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Biography: None.

CFB Funds Raised: $0.00 | Funds Spent:

Alex Merced

Alex Merced (L)

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Biography: None.

CFB Funds Raised: N/A | Funds Spent:

Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani (D)

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Biography: Reshma Saujani is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Yale Law School. After finishing college, Reshma was a litigator at Davis Polk & Wardwell and worked at three hedge funds, including the Carlyle Group and Carrett Asset Management. She then became increasingly active in politics, playing a role for the Democratic National Committee and serving on the National Finance Board for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2008. After an unsuccessful run for Congress in 2009 against Rep. Carolyn Maloney, she served for a time as deputy public advocate under Bill de Blasio. Reshma has also created a nonprofit organization, Girls Who Code, which teaches teenagers in New York City about technology.

Daniel Squadron

Daniel Squadron (D)

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Biography: State Sen. Daniel Squadron has been known as a bit of a prodigy. The Brooklyn resident served as a top aide to U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer while in his twenties and helped Schumer write his book. Squadron also worked on former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s failed 2005 mayoral bid. In 2008, Squadron successfully won a primary against 30-year Democratic incumbent Sen. Martin Connor to represent the 26th State Senate District. His bid for the seat was buoyed by the support of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Schumer and Weiner during the race. Squadron’s wife, Elizabeth Weinstein, is Bloomberg’s director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations. As state senator, Squadron has pushed major pieces of ethics reform and gun control legislation. He also introduced legislation on behalf of Bloomberg, and backed him in his successful bid to renew mayoral control of schools. Squadron announced in 2012 that he would run for public advocate.

Sidique Wai

Sidique Wai (D)

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Biography: Wai migrated to the United States in the early 1970s. After working as a doorman, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and later pursued a master’s degree from New York University. He later became a faculty member at NYU, teaching and counseling students. He later founded a marketing and public realtions firm called Wai Associates. He currently serves as the President of the United African Congress in America. He has also been a community liaison for many years, currently serving as relations specialist and adviser for the New York Police Department's community relations.




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