Public Advocate Candidates Bring Anti-Bloomberg Message to Campaign Trail

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The election to decide the number two job in city government is a little more than a week away, and both candidates seem to be betting that an anti-Bloomberg message will resonate with voters.

Ask each candidate what distinguishes them from their opponent, and it seems they'd both rather talk about the Mayor.

Here's state senator Daniel Squadron:

“I think if you look at my record I took on the Bloomberg administration on homeless policy.”

And here's city council member Letitia James, a fellow Democrat:

“Listen I'm not an ally of the Mayor of the City of New York. I'm not a Bloomberg ally.”

James has a feisty public persona, while Squadron comes across more like a policy wonk. But both candidates seem to believe voters want a clean break with the Bloomberg era.

The runoff election for public advocate is Tuesday, Oct. 1.


Julianne Welby


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Comments [5]

Judith Francis from Brooklyn

Let's not forget that Mayor Bloomberg ENDORSED Squadron in 2010 just after Squadron sold out his most ardent supporters by allowing housing to proceed inside Brooklyn Bridge Park. Squadron totally abandoned his anti-park housing promises of just two years earlier in favor of the Bloomberg privatizaiton of public parks scheme. Squadron gave up his veto over park housing in order to secure Bloomberg's endorsement (and the $65,000 in campaign funds from EDC staffers and the park-housing advocates). Tish James has a long and clear record of saying what she means and delivering for her constituents - and for truly standing up for our public parks, our libraries and hospitals. The same can not be said for Squadron.

Sep. 23 2013 05:06 PM
Daniel Goldstein

Squadron is a Johnny come lately to challenging bloomberg, convenient for this race. Letitia has been challenging bloomberg on the big issues for ten years. One is a stance, the other is an example from action.

Sep. 23 2013 02:32 PM
lk from Brooklyn

Interesting that both candidates have an anti-Bloomberg message. Daniel Squadron's wife worked for Bloomberg. He has received donations from those who have privatized the schools through private charter companies and from the CEO of the New York Public Libraries who are working to sell off our libraries. Both are programs heavily supported by Bloomberg. Senator Chuck Schumer is his mentor who has agreed on most things Bloomberg-certainly in terms of supporting all the developers.

Tish James has stood up to the Bloomberg heavily promoted Atlantic Yards project and became a heroine of her neighborhoods. She was the person who first exposed City Time as the corrupt project that Bloomberg supported and as a punishment was removed from her position as chair person of the contract committee where she had the power to exposer the enormous cost overruns of the City Time project. She has spoken out loudly against the Bloomberg cuts to services for seniors, children, and youths.

Which one is more likely to make a break from the Bloomberg privatization agenda?

Sep. 23 2013 01:45 PM
Jezra Kaye from Brooklyn

This important run-off could use more coverage, Ilya.

Tish James is an established advocate for Brooklyn communities, and was at the forefront of supporting her constituents' fight against the ill-conceived Atlantic Yards project (which few people know includes 16 skyscrapers as well as the Barclay's Center, and which the city and state subsidized at more than $1 billion).

She's a courageous, principled fighter with a proven track record. She's the public advocate NYC needs.

Sep. 23 2013 12:57 PM
Steve Ettlinger from Park Slope

Glad to see at least a mention of this curious race. I hope you'll do more, including profiling the two candidates (who are quite different from one another) and perhaps taking on the issue of having to hold a very expensive runoff election for one race that could more easily have been decided by a "winner take all" type of vote.

Sep. 23 2013 11:39 AM

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