Meet the Candidates: NYC Public Advocate

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Democratic candidates for Public Advocate. (From L-R): Daniel Squadron, Cathy Guerriero, Reshma Saujani, Letitia James, and Sidique Wai

Our series of interviews with candidates running in the upcoming election continues with back to back conversations with each of the candidates running for the Democratic nomination for Public Advocate. Daniel Squadron, NYS Senator (D-26, representing the Brooklyn waterfront from Greenpoint to Carroll Gardens and Lower Manhattan)Reshma Saujani, former Deputy Public Advocate, Cathy Guerriero, Staten Islander who teaches at Columbia Teachers College and NYU Steinhardt School of Education and is former director of strategic planning for the Archdiocese of New York, and Letitia James, Brooklyn City Council Member, make their case.


Cathy Guerriero, Letitia James, Reshma Saujani and Daniel Squadron

Comments [20]

elsie from Brooklyn

Tish James is the only person running who has a consistent record of fighting corporate interests and looking out for working people. In the case of the Atlantic Yards, she was the only person who fought the project and suffered a lot of criticism from her own constituents in the process. And then a couple of years later, when everyone finally realized that James was right about the project, people came back to her and apologized, hats in hand. James has a spine and a moral conscience which is rare in life, let alone politics. The rest of the candidates are the usual corporate shills. The woman who claims to be faith based is frightening: this is NYC, not Missouri. The last thing NYC needs are people of "faith" in government.

Aug. 30 2013 10:52 AM
Brooklyn girl

The difference between Professor Guerriero and everyone else is as least she has the guts to say what she believes in. That is what we need. Someone with guts to help us get out of the mess this mayor put us in with regards to education. Who cares whether she is faith based or not? Lets get our kids to read first then we will worry about how important it is that she is faith based. And, she was asked if she was faith based so she answered. She is not a politician, thank goodness. She is a real grass roots kind of person.

Aug. 26 2013 06:47 PM
Philip McManus from Queens

I hear Guerrero and James support the Rockaway Beach Line. The RBL is an unused train track only one to six blocks away and runs parallel to Woodhaven Boulevard. The RBL would unite and improve travel times for Queens and the City.
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This park will keep Queens divided and increase commuting times and reduce opportunities.

We need to expand the transit system including the Rockaway Beach line, increase buses, trains and ferries to reduce commuting times.
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Aug. 26 2013 06:24 PM
Jackie from Brooklyn

Squadron seems insincere and inexperienced. I'm concerned about a candidate who's never had a regular job, but rather a trust fund, is just out of touch with the concerns of normal NYers. I've also heard him praise Bloomberg as "the most competent mayor we've had," which is deeply troubling.

Aug. 26 2013 01:38 PM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

When other City Council Members weren't willing to, Tish James was willing to stand up against Christine Quinn's arm twisting on big real estate boondoggles, huge crony capitalist handovers to the politically connected.

Aug. 26 2013 11:45 AM
Dorothy from Manhattan

"The City of New York"? New York City isn't good enough? She's driving me batty with that. I'd vote against her if only to avoid having to listen to her. (I'm registered Independent so can't vote in the primary.)

Aug. 26 2013 11:42 AM
thatgirl from manhattan

"I worked with John Catsimitidis..." blerghh!

Aug. 26 2013 11:39 AM

Saujani said the she is not ashamed of her private sector work because she had debt to pay. Have we actually come to the point where people need to apologize for earning a living outside of government?

Aug. 26 2013 11:37 AM
john from office

Here we go, police bad.

Aug. 26 2013 11:35 AM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

Has everyone seen Tish James’ HuffPo Op-Ed from last week speaking out against the way that NYC libraries are being sold off, shrunk and underfunded?: Shrinking the Library System Is A Loss for New Yorkers, 08/21/2013.

It’s great.

Here is the link:

Aug. 26 2013 11:33 AM
thatgirl from manhattan

"I am unequivocally..." gah! More canned goods!

Michael D. D. - So with you. If anything, being "faith-based" simply crosses her off any list I have.

Aug. 26 2013 11:33 AM
Sydney from UWS

Go Cathy Guerriero! Sold!!

Aug. 26 2013 11:33 AM
thatgirl from manhattan

John from Office - Nailed it! Saujani is the ultimate Tracy Flick.
For the uninitiated:

Aug. 26 2013 11:30 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

It's difficult to believe that Ms. (Dr.?) Guerriero has a doctorate as she often uses the wrong word in sentences. How did that work on her thesis?

Aug. 26 2013 11:29 AM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

Cathy Guerriero considers it important that she is the faith-based candidate?

Aug. 26 2013 11:28 AM
john from office

This has the feel of a high school election.

Aug. 26 2013 11:27 AM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

Which of Ms. Saujani's four deputy Public Advocates would be advocating to protect libraries?

I think Ms. Saujani misconstrues the purpose of the office. It is not "jobs" or serving up potential employees to the corporatist sector with publicly financed training programs; it is about standing up when power in this city distorts civic programs. . . .

. . . As for that, Lehrer nailed it when he quoted Ms. Saujani (from her last campaign) on her desire to be friendly with Wall Street and the oil industry. I'd like to see that full quote typed out in searchable text.

Aug. 26 2013 11:26 AM
thatgirl from manhattan

"I am unabashed..." I'd drop canned statements like that.

Aug. 26 2013 11:22 AM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

Ask Mr. Squadron about his failure to advocate for his constituents to oppose the sale of the Brooklyn Heights Library. Among other things that sale is to entail a significant shrinkage of services and space when the Business and Career Library is exiled out of it and Downtown Brooklyn. How can he be expected to advocate for New Yorkers when he will not now advocate for his current constituents?

Aug. 26 2013 11:12 AM
mbk from manhattan

This is a strong field, but I am for Saujani.

Aug. 26 2013 11:09 AM

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