Category Archives: Letitia James

Runoff Election Is On!



In the race for Public Advocate, that is.  Preliminary results from the Democratic primary for Public Advocate have Letitia (“Tish”) James at 36% and Daniel Squadron at 33%.  It appears highly unlikely that the final count will have either over 40% and a runoff election will therefor be held in the Democratic Public Advocate primary.

We spoke with Tish James this morning outside the National Action Network’s House of Justice, where James had just appeared with Al Sharpton and other candidates, including Bill de Blasio.  I asked James how she thought the runoff would differ from the five person primary.  She aptly notes that there will almost certainly be more attention given to the PA race than it received it the primary.  I also asked about her defeated rivals.

Public Advocates: Mayor? Who?



The four leading Democratic candidates for Public Advocate speak highly of the current Public Advocate, Bill de Blasio.  None have endorsed him for mayor, however, with only one of the four candidates publicly supporting any mayoral candidate.  (Cathy Guerriero supports Bill Thompson.)  After their televised debate yesterday, we asked all four candidates why.

Public Advocate Candidates Debate, On-Air and Off



In what is likely the only televised Public Advocate primary debate, five Democratic candidates jousted on-air last week.  (Video of the full debate is available here from NY1.)  The race remains both close and out of the public eye, with the most recent public poll (from NBC 4 NY/WSJ/Marist) reporting that 49% of “likely” Democratic primary voters are undecided.  Of the likely voters who have a preferred candidate, it’s 16% for Tish James, 12% for Cathy Guerriero, 12% for Daniel Squadron, 3% for Reshma Saujani and 2% for Sidique Wai.

We spoke with all five candidates after the debate.  Exclusive video, and a short account of each candidate, follows: Continue reading Public Advocate Candidates Debate, On-Air and Off

Brooklyn Bar Talk: A Public Advocate Forum



Last night, the Brooklyn Young Democrats hosted a candidate forum in the little-noticed race for New York City Public Advocate.  The forum featured four Democratic candidates; Council Member Letitia James, former Deputy Public Advocate Reshma Saujani, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Cathy Guerriero, and was moderated by Colin Campbell, senior editor of The New York Observer and kingpin of Politicker.com.

The forum was held at a bar in Downtown Brooklyn – our apologies for the poor lighting.

For more background on the role and structure of the office of Public Advocate, watch our interview with the current Public Advocate, Bill de Blasio.

You can watch some of our earlier coverage of the Public Advocate race here, here and here.

Public Advocate Candidates Give Their View of Mayor Bloomberg



We spoke with the four Democratic candidates for Public Advocate and asked a simple question:  How do you rate the Mayor’s tenure?  Watch.

Watch some of our earlier coverage of the Public Advocate’s race here, here and here.

Watch our discussion about the office and its powers with the current Public Advocate, Bill de Blasio, here.

Public Advocate 2013: Meet the Democratic Candidates



Here’s your chance to meet the four Democratic candidates for Public Advocate.  We spoke with them at a candidate forum hosted by the Community Free Democrats, an Upper West Side political club.

Here is our report.

Be sure to watch our prior coverage of the race, including a report from an earlier candidate forum and a lighthearted look at one moment of the Community Free Democrats’ forum, as well as a first look at the Republican race.