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Jumaane D. Williams

Jumaane D. Williams

  • At First Forum of Governor's Race, Democrats Stake Out Positions on Progressive Priorities

    Tom Suozzi, Jumaane Williams, and Kathy Hochul

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    At the first forum in the Democratic gubernatorial primary race, progressive activists pressed the declared candidates on their positions on prominent pieces of legislation and policy from single-payer health care to good cause eviction and increased funding for climate protection, and more.

    Three candidates are so far running in the Democratic primary for governor that will be decided this June: incumbent Governor Kathy Hochul, U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi, and New York City

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  • Max Politics Podcast: Jumaane Williams on Being Reelected Public Advocate & Moving Toward a Run for Governor

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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, Eyeing Run for Governor, Wins Full Term as New York City Public Advocate

    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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  • Public Advocate Candidates Debate Visions for the Role, Stances on Key Issues Facing the City

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    (l-r) Devin Balkind, Devi Nampiaparampil, Jumaane Williams, & Tony Herbert


    Candidates for New York City Public Advocate in the fast-approaching 2021 general election discussed their visions for the city’s second highest office during two recent TV debates.

    On Tuesday night, incumbent Democratic Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Republican nominee Dr. Devi Nampiaparampil met for a one-on-one debate hosted by NY1 and other partners and moderated by Errol Louis, Spectrum NY1’s political anchor. The debate was an official, New York City Campaign Finance

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  • WATCH: Public Advocate General Election Debate

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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:

  • What's the Gap Between Progressive Politics and Communities of Color in New York City?

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    Eric Adams in Brooklyn (photo: office of Eric Adams)


    When Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams won the Democratic mayoral primary, to some it signalled a rebuke of the growing progressive movement in the city and called into question whether more left-wing candidates can win in communities of color. After recent years of electing an increasing number of progressives in local, state, and federal elections, New York City had chosen a moderate NYPD veteran and one-time Republican as its likely next mayor.

    Older Black and Latino voters flocked to

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  • Jumaane Williams on Gun Violence, Progressive Politics, and Eric Adams

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    Jumaane Williams (photo: William Alatriste/City Council)


    After coasting to victory in the Democratic primary as he seeks his first full term as New York City Public Advocate, Jumaane Williams discussed his top priorities, reaction to the victory of Eric Adams in the mayoral primary, whether he is considering a 2022 run for governor, and more during a recent appearance on the Max Politics podcast.

    Williams is heading into the general

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  • Max Politics Podcast: Jumaane Williams on the 2021 Primary Results & What Comes Next

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    Public Advocate Jumaane Williams (photo: Neha Gautam/Office of the Public Advocate)


    July 7, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: Jumaane Williams on the 2021 Primary Results & What Comes Next

    Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, on his way to a first full term in the citywide position, joined the show to discuss his goals for the future, addressing gun violence, Eric Adams' win in the Democratic primary for mayor, his relationship with Adams, and more.

    Listen to the

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  • What We Know After Primary Night in the Citywide and Borough-wide Races

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    Mayor votes (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)


    Though voting in the Tuesday primary has concluded, the election is far from over. Absentee ballots have yet to be counted and ranked-choice votes have yet to be tabulated. While New Yorkers won’t know the final results from election night for possibly a few weeks, there are early unofficial results available and other notable numbers to watch.

    What we know so far is the first-rank votes of those who cast ballots in person, either through early voting or on primary day. In the race for mayor, about 750,000

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  • Decision NYC: Public Advocate Jumaane Williams Discusses His Bid for Reelection

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    Public Advocate Jumaane Williams (photo: John McCarten/City Council)


    Public Advocate Jumaane Williams joined "Decision NYC with Ben Max," a show from Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Gotham Gazette, to discuss his case for reelection ahead of the June primary and fall general election. Williams talked with Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max about his accomplis