Public Advocate Candidates Tangle in Last Televised Debate

Councilwoman Tish James and State Senator Daniel Squadron.
Councilwoman Tish James and State Senator Daniel Squadron at a previous debate.

With the mayoral and comptroller candidates chosen, only one Democratic primary contest remains to be settled: the race to become the city’s next public advocate. Continue reading “Public Advocate Candidates Tangle in Last Televised Debate”

Insiders See Close Race in Public Advocate’s Runoff

Councilwoman Tish James and State Senator Daniel Squadron face off in a debate. (Photo: YouTube)
Councilwoman Tish James and State Senator Daniel Squadron face off in a televised debate. (Photo: YouTube)

Although the chaotic Democratic mayoral primary has ended with Bill de Blasio emerging the victor, the race to replace the public advocate is just ramping up.

The October 1 runoff between Brooklyn Councilwoman Tish James and State Senator Daniel Squadron is widely seen as a tossup by political insiders, who note each Democrat carries glaring strengths and weaknesses into the contest. While Ms. James has a broad labor coalition and would be the only non-white Democrat to win a nomination, Mr. Squadron has enjoyed a fund-raising advantage and solid debate performances thus far.

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Tish James Turns Up Heat on Rivals

Tish James. (Photo: Getty)
Tish James. (Photo: Getty)

There’s only one competitive citywide contest besides the mayor’s race this year, and Councilwoman Tish James is doing her best to make sure a few sparks fly as she jockeys for the public advocate’s office.

One day after taking a dig at a rival for being too cozy with Wall Street at a candidates’ forum, Ms. James went on the attack again last night, characterizing her two chief opponents as out-of-touch with the working class. Continue reading “Tish James Turns Up Heat on Rivals”

Questionnaires Reveal Candidate Quirks

Which candidate would want to be played by Queen Latifah? (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images) Letitia James. (Photo: council.nyc.gov)

As candidates for public office wind their way through various organizations’ endorsement screenings, they are often requested to fill out questionnaires detailing their specific stands on a given group’s most important issues.

However, one Democratic club, New Kings Democrats, recently took things a bit further and presented candidates with surveys designed to showcase their creativity and wit, including questions on which actor or actress would play them in a movie and what items they’d want if stranded on a desert island.

Here are some of our favorite answers, courtesy of the New Kings Democrats and the candidates for public advocate: Continue reading “Questionnaires Reveal Candidate Quirks”

Dan Squadron Rolls Out a Batch of Assembly Endorsements

Senator Squadron rallying for LICH. (Photo: Facebook)
Senator Squadron rallying for LICH. (Photo: Facebook)

State Sen. Dan Squadron’s campaign for public advocate continued to hum along today as he announced six endorsements from Albany’s lower legislative chamber: Assemblymembers Deborah Glick, Brian Kavanagh, Micah Kellner, Dan Quart, Joan Millman and Nily Rozic.

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Dan Squadron Calls on Malcolm Smith to Resign for ‘House of Cards’ Plot

Senator Squadron (Photo: NYS Senate)
Senator Squadron (Photo: NYS Senate)

Democratic State Sen. Daniel Squadron called on his Democratic colleague, State Sen. Malcolm Smith, to resign after he was arrested this morning and accused of orchestrating bribery scheme to land himself in the Republican mayoral primary.

“The charges outlined in today’s complaint are simply shocking,” Mr. Squadron, who’s also a candidate for public advocate this year, said in a statement earlier today. “This is something that belongs in ‘House of Cards,’ not an election to decide who will run our city or any part of our government. Regardless of the outcome of the criminal charges filed against Senator Smith, he has lost the public trust — and he should resign.” Continue reading “Dan Squadron Calls on Malcolm Smith to Resign for ‘House of Cards’ Plot”

Kirsten Gillibrand Plays the Field in Public Advocate’s Race

(Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty)

When it comes to replacing outgoing Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand doesn’t have a favorite, but that doesn’t mean she lacks any political love to share around. Accordingly, Ms. Gillibrand is set to appear at fundraisers for all three of the leading Democratic candidates for the position: Councilwoman Tish James, former congressional candidate Reshma Saujani and State Senator Dan Squadron. The fundraisers for Ms. James and Ms. Saujani had already been rolled out, while Mr. Squadron’s campaign announced their own event earlier this afternoon.

“One of my favorite weekend activities with my wife and 20-month-old son is having dim sum in Chinatown,” Mr. Squadron wrote in an email to his supporters. Continue reading “Kirsten Gillibrand Plays the Field in Public Advocate’s Race”