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citizens union and aarp host public advocate forum


 To All Citizens Union Members:

On Wednesday, we hosted, in partnership with AARP New York, a forum among candidates for the office of Public Advocate.  Gotham Gazette’s Ben Max moderated the lively and thoughtful conversation where candidates discussed the importance of being independent, empowering the office, government transparency, the Amazon deal, how they would run the office, and more.

Read about the forum in this Politico article, listen to the conversation on Gotham Gazette, or watch it on our Facebook page, here.

Our Executive Director, Betsy Gotbaum, who served as Public Advocate from 2002-2009, kicked off the evening by talking about just how important the office is, particularly in light of a recently-introduced City Council bill that aims to abolish the office.

Participants of the debate included Assembly Members Michael Blake and Danny O’Donnell; City Council Members Raphael Espinal, Eric Ulrich, and Jumaane Williams; activist and journalist Nomiki Konst; and attorney and former federal aide Dawn Smalls.  The event, attended by hundreds of New Yorkers, was hosted by New York Law School.

The Public Advocate’s contest is the next big race in New York City.  We encourage you to stay tuned.  Follow Gotham Gazette’s extensive coverage on the race and watch out for our voter’s guide.