Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez held a kickoff rally Sunday for his campaign for public advocate. Rodriguez is in a field of at least 23 people who have taken steps toward running, with three of his current council colleagues and one former colleague among those 23. He’s been actively campaigning, appearing at candidate forums over the past few weeks, and the kickoff was a formal declaration of a campaign that is well underway.
Rodriguez was joined by Assembly Member Carmen De La Rosa, a fellow Dominican-American who also represents Upper Manhattan. Held in the lobby of Washington Heights’ United Palace Theater, the rally displayed Rodriguez’s base with the audience overwhelmingly Dominican-American.
Current public advocate Letitia James is expected to resign on or before December 31st so that she can take office as the New York State Attorney General on January 1st, with a special election to fill the vacancy in mid-February. The City Charter provides that when James resigns the mayor is to, within three days, set the date for a special election. Prospective candidates will then have a short period to legally become candidates for the vacancy by petitioning their way on to the special election ballot.