An editor at The New York Times is denying newly-elected Public Advocate Tish James’s apparent claim that she played a role in the paper’s blockbuster feature on Dasani Coates, an 11-year-old homeless girl in Brooklyn.
Last night just hours after taking the oath of office with Ms. Coates holding the bible, Ms. James went on Road to City Hall where she laid out her vision for the next four years and discussed having “a little bit of something to do” with the original story.
tale of two cities
Public Advocate Tish James delivered a fiery inauguration speech this afternoon, digging into the Michael Bloomberg administration and declaring Dasani Coates, the homeless girl profiled by the New York Times, who has becoming a symbol of inequality in the city, her new “BFF.”
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and his newly-appointed Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services today vowed to change the way the city treats its poor and to address the homeless crisis in a city where 22,000 children now live in shelters.
Mr. de Blasio began a press conference today talking about Dasani, the 11-year-old girl profiled in a widely-read, in-depth New York Times series this week about the struggles of living in the city’s sprawling shelter system.