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    Melinda Katz, the author, center (photo: @queensbpkatz)


    New York City and our nation as a whole are at an important moment in history. As Republicans in Washington threaten rights and pass bigoted legislation, local leaders need to take a stand and fight back on a broad range of issues, because the reforms and legal protections we need will not come for those who wait, they will come from those who demand them.

    As I run to be the next Queens District Attorney, I am releasing the first of a series of policy papers discussing pressing issues facing our borough.

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    The biggest moment so far in the short, crowded, and contentious race to become the next New York City Public Advocate will be Wednesday night, as 10 qualifying candidates take the stage for the first of two televised debates.

    The citywide special election has attracted a wide and deep field of candidates -- there will be 17 names on the February 26 ballot -- including several sitting elected officials, each hoping to become the city’s watchdog and ombudsperson, one of just three citywide elected officials and next in line to the mayor. The

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    Rafael Espinal, the author (photo: @NYCCouncil)


    “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them,” wrote the great novelist James Baldwin, a true son of New York City. It’s the same with many New York politicians who cling to the same old ideas that have not fixed our city in the past and won’t work today either. The problems our city faces in 2019 are the same problems we faced in 2009 and 1999, only they’ve gotten worse.

    Unaffordable apartments. Crumbling public housing. A subway system that

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    Ben Max, left, of Gotham Gazette, and Jarrett Murphy, right, of City Limits


    January 30, 2019 - Max & Murphy Podcast: Public Advocate Candidate Ben Yee

    byee 150pxBen Yee is an entrepreneur and activist who has been involved with Democratic politics and government on several levels. Now a candidate for New York City Public Advocate in the special eleciton set for February 26, Yee joined the show to discuss

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    Ben Max, left, of Gotham Gazette, and Jarrett Murphy, right, of City Limits


    January 30, 2019 - Max & Murphy Podcast: Public Advocate Candidate Jared Rich

    jrich 150pxJared Rich is an attorney from Brooklyn and first-time candidate for office, running in the special election to become the next New York City Public Advocate, which is set for February 26. Rich joined the show to discuss his background and

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    The February 26 special election for public advocate will see 17 candidates on the ballot after the New York City Board of Elections held a final hearing on ballot petition challenges and appeals on Tuesday. Nearly two dozen candidates had sought to get their names on the ballot but several were eliminated for either failing to collect enough petition signatures from voters or for other technical snafus that invalidated their petitions.

    But of the 17 candidates that will be on the ballot, not everyone is still

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    (l-r) Melissa Mark-viverito, Ydanis Rodriguez, Dawn Smalls, Jumaane Williams Rafael Espinal; Danny O'Donnell, Michael Blake, Erich Ulrich, Nomiki Konst, Ron Kim


    Update: This article and its headline have been updated to clarify that 10, not 11, candidates officially qualified for the first televised debate of the race. The original version of this article included Assemblymember Latrice Walker, who appeared to have crossed the financial threshold but was ruled not to have by the Campaign Finance Board after its review of her filings.

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    Dawn Smalls, the author, middle (photo: @dawnfornewyork)


    I say: no more delays.

    New Yorkers have been placed in an impossible situation by government agencies and elected officials who seem to be at a standstill in providing them the services that are essential to daily life and in many cases are inefficient, antiquated - or straight up broken.

    The subway that built this city and made it great is crumbling beneath our feet, affordable housing is not affordable for working families, the homeless crisis is increasing at alarming rates among women and

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    (photos: Emil Cohen & John McCarten/City Council)


    New York City Council Member Brad Lander, a Democrat from Brooklyn, has declared his intention to run for city Comptroller in the 2021 election, joining Council Member Helen Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat, as the only declared candidates in the race.

    The 2021 municipal election will lead to a sea change in city government, with all three citywide positions on the ballot along with the five borough president posts and all 51 City Council seats, about three dozen of which will be “open” due to term

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    Ben Max, left, of Gotham Gazette, and Jarrett Murphy, right, of City Limits


    January 23, 2019 - Max & Murphy Podcast: Public Advocate Candidate Ron Kim

    ron kim wbai 200pxAssemblymember Ron Kim, a Queens Democrat, is running for Public Advocate in the special election set for February 26. He joined the show to discuss his resume and his candidacy, which is staked on a "people over corporations"

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    Ben Max, left, of Gotham Gazette, and Jarrett Murphy, right, of City Limits


    January 23, 2019 - Max & Murphy Podcast: Public Advocate Candidate Nomiki Konst

    nomiki konst 200Nomiki Konst is a journalist and activist who was a Bernie Sanders delegate in 2016 and then a member of a commission to reform the Democratic National Committee, and now she is a candidate for New York City Public Advocate in

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    Nearly two dozen candidates filed ballot petition signatures with the New York City Board of Elections to run for Public Advocate in the special election scheduled for February 26, but at least three of the 23 have already been disqualified while eight others face challenges that could prevent them from getting on the ballot.

    BOE rules for ballot access are notoriously complex and candidates

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    (l-r) Melissa Mark-viverito, Ydanis Rodriguez, Dawn Smalls, Jumaane Williams, Rafael Espinal
    Danny O'Donnell, Michael Blake, Erich Ulrich, Nomiki Konst Ron Kim,


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    Assemblymember Ron Kim, a candidate for New York City Public Advocate, sent out the first mailed advertisement of his campaign this week, touting his early opposition to the deal between Amazon and New York, and contrasting it with other leading candidates in the race.

    The advertisement appears to be the first mailer of the race, a sprint to the February 26 special election to fill now-Attorney General Letitia James’ former seat. Notably, it jabs at four perceived frontrunners, highlighting their signatures on an October 2017

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    Ben Max, left, of Gotham Gazette, and Jarrett Murphy, right, of City Limits


    January 16, 2019 - Max & Murphy Podcast: Public Advocate Candidate Michael Blake

    michael blake 277pxMichael Blake is a member of the state Assembly from the Bronx and a candidate in the special election to become the next New York City Public Advocate, which will take place February 26. Blake, who worked in the Obama

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    Ben Max, left, of Gotham Gazette, and Jarrett Murphy, right, of City Limits


    January 16, 2019 - Max & Murphy Podcast: Public Advocate Candidate Danny O'Donnell

    danny odonnell 277bDanny O'Donnell is a member of the state Assembly from Manhattan and a candidate for New York City Public Advocate in the special election set to take place February 26. O'Donnell joined the show to discuss his career in

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    Ben Max, left, of Gotham Gazette, and Jarrett Murphy, right, of City Limits


    January 16, 2019 - Max & Murphy Podcast: Public Advocate Candidate Dawn Smalls

    dawn smalls orgDawn Smalls is an attorney who worked in the Clinton and Obama presidential administrations and, running in the special election to become New York City Public Advocate, a first-time candidate. She joined the show to discuss her

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    (Photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    The field of candidates running for public advocate in the special election scheduled for February 26 remains massive after 23 candidates submitted ballot petition signatures to the New York City Board of Elections by a Monday deadline to get on the ballot.

    Candidates were required to submit a minimum of 3,750 signatures though many of them went far beyond the requirement with some submitting more than 10,000. What remains to be seen is how many challenges are filed against certain candidates’

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    If the 2018 election cycle is any indication, voter turnout is on the rise. Now is the time to take advantage of this moment to keep voters engaged in the electoral system and really give them a voice.

    One of the best ideas for promoting more diverse, open, and democratic elections is instant runoff voting (IRV). In New York City primaries, runoffs are forced for citywide elected positions when votes are split and no one candidate receives more than 40 percent of the vote. With IRV, voters rank candidates in order of preference. If no

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    Ben Max, left, of Gotham Gazette, and Jarrett Murphy, right, of City Limits


    January 9, 2019 - Max & Murphy Podcast: Public Advocate Candidate Eric Ulrich

    eric ulrich january 9City Council Member Eric Ulrich, a self-described "moderate" and "Rockefeller" Republican in the mold of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is running for New York City Public Advocate in the special election set for

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    Tish James voting (photo via Gotham Gazette)


    Updated as of January 29.

    In February, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to cast a ballot for a new public advocate in the first-ever special election for a citywide office. The current vacancy was created when the most recent officeholder, Letitia James, was officially sworn in as the state’s attorney general, a position she won in the November general election.

    The public advocate is the people’s representative, a watchdog and ombudsperson, with a post that has little direct influence over city

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    Ben Max, left, of Gotham Gazette, and Jarrett Murphy, right, of City Limits


    January 2, 2019 - Max & Murphy Podcast: Public Advocate Candidate Rafael Espinal

    rafael espinal 1 2 wbai insetCity Council Member Rafael Espinal, a Brooklyn Democrat, is among the candidates running in the special election to become the next New York City Public Advocate. With the election set for Tuesday,

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    Ron Kim (via Kim campaign)


    I’m running for New York City Public Advocate to put people over corporations.

    In six years representing parts of Queens in the state Assembly, I’ve watched politicians at all levels of government bend over backwards to prioritize the needs of the largest companies in the world. Whether it’s bailing out predatory financial institutions after they send the world economy into a tailspin, giving away the store to corporations like Amazon to lure them into a city they wanted to come to anyway, or handing tax breaks to big developers who turn profits on

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  • 10 candidates

    (l-r) Tish James, Ydanis Rodriguez, Melissa Mark-viverito, Jumaane Williams, Latrice Walker
    Rafael Espinal, Danny O'Donnell, Michael Blake, Erich Ulrich, Ron Kim


    There are roughly two dozen candidates who have officially declared or indicated they are exploring a run in the February special election for New York City Public Advocate, which will take place Tuesday, February 26.

    Attorney General-elect Letitia James officially vacates the office of New York City Public Advocate on January 1, setting off the next steps of the process, whereby Mayor Bill de

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    Jumaane Williams & Melissa Mark-Viverito (photo: William Alatriste)


    New Yorkers who think they are done with elections until 2020 will be in for a rude awakening when Mayor Bill de Blasio calls a special election to fill the vacancy of the Public Advocate position. The position’s current occupant, Letitia James, was elected in November to become New York State Attorney General, and will switch posts at the beginning of January. In all likelihood, New York City voters will head to the polls again at the end of February. With so

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