Checking in with the Public Advocate

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NYC Public Advocate Letitia James talks to press after a city hall rally. NYC Public Advocate Letitia James talks to press after a city hall rally. (Natalie Fertig/WNYC)

Letitia James, New York City Public Advocate, discusses her first 100 days in office. She sees the deal to save LICH as her biggest accomplishment thus far.


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Comments [18]

Danny Frank from Manhattan

My experience with Letitia James has been very disappointing! On January 23rd at a public event, I personally handed Ms. James a comprehensive letter describing the harassment, abuse, bullying, and coercion which the NYC Consumer Affairs Dept. uses against process servers. Since then, she has never contacted me nor any process servers, never picked up the phone, never returned any of my numerous follow up phone calls. Her staff including: Mr. Khan, Julissa Gonzolez, and Wayne Collins have done nothing except give process servers "the run around". For whatever her reasons or motives here, it is a shame that Ms. James appears to be afraid to confront the leadership of NYC Consumer Affairs as an ADVOCATE for some 1000 hard-working, decent responsible process servers when their livelihoods are being threatened and ruined.

Apr. 15 2014 11:31 AM
Brock from Manhattan

tev, tim, tom, tee .... claiming economic 'success' by funding the expansion of government jobs with the sole goal of buying votes is the ONLY issue.

Apr. 15 2014 11:21 AM

Brock and Tom, I guess you'd like to go back to the days when fire departments were all volunteer, parks were private gardens, and an education was optional. There's so much more, too. I agree that govt work is not always the most efficient, but to write like you get nothing for your tax dollars is just flat out lying.

Apr. 15 2014 11:11 AM
Brock from Manhattan

You're confusing industrial vs manufacturing. The service sector is an industry and good government will ensure that it thrives on its own, sustainably, with an extreme minimum of public funds used only to assist its growth. But, you know, its easier to just claim 'success' and buy votes.

Apr. 15 2014 11:05 AM


A paycheck is a paycheck but only in the private sector. Government paychecks are funded by taking grocery money from private citizens paychecks to fund inefficient and often ineffective "good jobs".

Apr. 15 2014 11:03 AM

"industrial progress" -- dude, you're living in the past. That old school work is never coming back. We're too happy to let the asian world polute their countries with its toxic waste. They can make and we'll assemble it, but it's never coming back to these shores. The future is in the service sector.

Apr. 15 2014 10:58 AM
Brock from Manhattan

Yes, a rent freeze! The Mayor is freezing real estate tax/water charge increases this year so its justified!

Apr. 15 2014 10:55 AM
Brock from Manhattan

Yeah, if you lack the vision and aptitude to create jobs and grow the economy long term with REAL industrial progress, just crank taxes, distribute the money, claim success and get your votes. Cop out.

Apr. 15 2014 10:52 AM
J M from UWS

The same old blah, blah, blah about rent-regulated apartments, and the same nothing gets done. My rent has doubled since I moved into my regulated unit. But has my income? How about a rent freeze? They've done it everywhere else in the state. Just not in NYC.

Apr. 15 2014 10:51 AM

Brock, you got some weird math. a paycheck is a paycheck, and it goes to buy groceries, repairs, supplies, healthcare, etc., and that's what grows the economy. But feel free to make things up if you like.

Apr. 15 2014 10:47 AM
Ellen from Manhattan

We're waiting for the mayor and his office to make a forceful statement on the proposed remodeling/destruction of the 42nd Street Library. The plan involves gutting the building by replacing several floors of library stacks (creating a bookless library!) with elegant and showy public spaces. Candidate DeBlasio opposed this plan and came to a demo against it, but when we had our most recent demonstration we had to display a cardboard version of him! A lot of the money comes from private corporate sources and it's true that the 42nd St. Library isn't part of the city library system but the city is involved in many ways and its financial support for the project takes funds away from the impoverished branches. Plus the city government has a responsibility to sustain the resources of the city for all of the people.

Apr. 15 2014 10:42 AM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

Citizens Defending Libraries salutes Public Advocate Tish James for the support she has given us in opposing the sell off of public assets, libraries in particular. In addition, the interest now being shown in how the libraries are being run, generated in part by questions about the Queens system (just mentioned by Ms. James)is going to be very important.

The questions about how the other two library systems, BPL and NYPL, are run are much more pronounced with far, far larger amounts of money and assets at stake. For instance, the sale of the beloved Donnell Library, suddenly, secretively and for a pittance has never been investigated.

Apr. 15 2014 10:42 AM
Brock from Manhattan

Hiring pre K teachers (baby sitters) is funded from TAXES. That is not growing anything. Merely a taking of other peoples money.

Apr. 15 2014 10:41 AM
Amy from Brooklyn

What is Ms James doing to assist MIDDLE CLASS New Yorkers? Those making $40-100k, we make too much for public aid, but still struggle.

Apr. 15 2014 10:35 AM

Brock, we're about to hire thousands of pre-k teachers. That will be a bigger jobs program than any during Bloomberg.

Apr. 15 2014 10:35 AM

Please take on Hyper-Gentrification! Please. The refuse made from tearing down all of our terrific buildings and replacing them will tall crap negates everything you're doing with recycling.

Your recycling achievements are a drop in the bucket compared with all the trash resulting from redevelopment of our terrific local architecture.

It just doesn't compare, so you're wasting your time.

Apr. 15 2014 10:33 AM
James Donney from NYC

Please ask the guest host to stop chuckling after everything she says-it's unbearable!!!!!!

Apr. 15 2014 10:31 AM
Brock from Manhattan

Maybe Ms James can tell us what this administration is doing or will do to grow the local economy and create jobs vs merely buying votes by giving away money.

Apr. 15 2014 10:31 AM

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