In The Money
Mayor Bill de Blasio today nearly doubled the budget for his former office and gave huge boosts to borough presidents across the five boroughs.
The public advocate’s office, currently occupied by Tish James, will receive an extra $700,000 in the fiscal year starting July 1, administration officials revealed today. That will bring her office’s budget up from a meager $1.6 million budget up to to $2.3 million.
Public Advocate-elect Letitia James said this month’s elections represented a “dramatic left turn” for the city–and vowed to hold her predecessor in the advocate’s office, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, accountable in his new role.
New York City’s next public advocate will be Tish James, according to NY1 and the Associated Press, which just called the Democratic runoff tonight.
Ms. James, a Brooklyn councilwoman, is facing off against State Senator Daniel Squadron and currently holds a wide, 19-point percentage of the vote, with 83 percent of precincts reporting.
Through the Liu-king Glass
State Senator Daniel Squadron would not deny tonight that his campaign was behind a controversial robocall attacking his rival in the public advocate’s race, Councilwoman Tish James.
Councilwoman Tish James rolled out the endorsement of Comptroller John Liu today, setting up a battle for the Asian vote with her rival in the public advocate’s race.
Mr. Liu joined Ms. James in Manhattan’s Chinatown neighborhood to endorse her in the October 1 runoff election, where she faces State Senator Daniel Squadron. But less than an hour before the event was set to start, Mr. Squadron blasted out a release flaunting his own Asian support from a coalition of 30 Asian civic leaders in Chinatown and Queens, including Councilwoman Margaret Chin.
With less than a week to go before the runoff election in the public advocate’s race, 1199 SEIU is dropping $150,000 on radio ads in support of Councilwoman Tish James.
The sizable purchase comes as the healthcare workers’ union, the largest in the city, looks to play an outsized role in the Democratic primary after successfully backing Bill de Blasio’s mayoral bid.
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.
When the Queens Democratic Party announced it would be endorsing Councilwoman Tish James in the runoff election for public advocate, the crowd suddenly got much smaller.
With the city’s future mayor and comptroller widely expected to be white and male, women’s groups are flocking to Tish James in the public advocate’s race.
At an endorsement rally today at City Hall, Mr. James’s backers noted repeatedly that the Brooklyn Councilwoman would be the first black woman elected to citywide office if she wins her runoff election against State Senator Daniel Squadron on Oct. 1.
“Let me be a little more blunt: Do we really want at the top of the ticket for all citywide offices–the most important positions here in the city–to all be all white, all male?” asked Sonia Ossorio, president of the city’s chapter of the National Organization for Women, flanked by supporters of Ms. James.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has ducked a potentially divisive primary runoff in the mayor’s race, but the candidates vying to replace him have no such luck.
As their one-on-one face-off heats up, Councilwoman Tish James and State Senator Daniel Squadron are racking up endorsements as they work to secure enough support to reach the 50 percent they’ll need when voters head back to the polls on October 1.