De Blasio Nearly Doubles Budget for His Old Office

Public Advocate Tish James, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Facebook)
Public Advocate Tish James, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Facebook)

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. Continue reading “De Blasio Nearly Doubles Budget for His Old Office”

Letitia James Vows to Keep Bill de Blasio’s Feet to Fire

Letitia James speaking at the transition tent.
Letitia James speaking at the transition tent.

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. Continue reading “Letitia James Vows to Keep Bill de Blasio’s Feet to Fire”

Tish James Projected Winner of Public Advocate Runoff

Letitia James and Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)
Letitia James and Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)

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. Continue reading “Tish James Projected Winner of Public Advocate Runoff”

Squadron Sidesteps Anonymous Attack Questions on NY1

State Senator Daniel Squadron. (Photo: Getty)
State Senator Daniel Squadron. (Photo: Getty)

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. Continue reading “Squadron Sidesteps Anonymous Attack Questions on NY1”

Public Advocate Candidates Clash on Asian Endorsements

Comptroller John Liu and Councilwoman Tish James today.
Comptroller John Liu and Councilwoman Tish James today.

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. Continue reading “Public Advocate Candidates Clash on Asian Endorsements”

Healthcare Workers’ Union Launches Radio Barrage for Tish James

Councilwoman Tish James.
City Councilwoman Tish James.

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. Continue reading “Healthcare Workers’ Union Launches Radio Barrage for Tish James”

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”