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2021 Public Advocate

2021 Public Advocate

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    Republican mayoral nominee Curtis Sliwa, left, & Conservative Party nominee Bill Pepitone


    Leaders of New York’s Conservative Party, one of just two so-called third parties in the state with a ballot line, have been jubilant about the 2021 general election results. The party helped win victories in several local races and to defeat three ballot questions that would have made changes to legislative redistricting and voting rights. But the party went its own way in nominating candidates for citywide positions and key races on Staten Island,

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    Jumaane Williams (photo: John McCarten/City Council)


    November 9, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: Jumaane Williams on Being Reelected Public Advocate & Exploring a Run for Governor

    Jumaane Williams joined the show to discuss his reelection as Public Advocate, what he's watching for from Mayor-elect Eric Adams, his exploration of a run for Governor, and more.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think, on Twitter @TweetBenMax. You can listen to the

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  • Jumaane Williams, Considering a Run for Governor, Wins Full Term as Public Advocate

    Public Advocate Jumaane Williams (photo: Emil Cohen/City Council)


    Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, a Democrat, won reelection Tuesday for his first full term in the role, easily defeating three opponents on the general election ballot. Without many thousands of absentee ballots counted and in-person returns still flowing in, Williams had a very large early lead and the Associated Press called the race for him just after polls closed at 9 p.m.

    Williams was first

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    (l-r) Top: Tony Herbert, Jumaane Williams; Bottom: Devin Balkind, Ben Max (moderator), Devi Nampiaparampil


    Four candidates for New York City Public Advocate met for a general election debate hosted by Manhattan Neighborhood Network and moderated by Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max: Democratic Party nominee and incumbent Jumaane Williams; Republican Party nominee Dr. Devi Nampiaparampil; Libertarian Party nominee Devin Balkind; and Conservative Party nominee Tony Herbert (who participated for only the first 20 minutes of the debate). Watch:

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    Tony Herbert (photo: @tonyherbertnyc)


    Tony Herbert, a Democrat running for Public Advocate in this June's Democratic primary, joined "Decision NYC with Ben Max" from Gotham Gazette and Manhattan Neighborhood Network for an in-depth discussion of his candidacy. This interview is part of a series with many candidates for citywide and borough-wide offices. Watch: