A Very Public Advocate

It seems Betsy Gotbaum, who one detractor calls “The Phantom,” is still keeping her public advocacy a largely private affair. In the Post this morning, Maggie tallied just three reports, a policy brief and two guides to have emerged from the public advocate’s office between Jan. 1 and June 30.

Gotbaum’s work rate may or may not have slackened since she served as president of the New-York Historical Society. Maybe it’s like comparing apples and oranges.

So none of this is intended to pick on her, but just as a constructive exercise…

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how she (or her successor) might make more productive use of the office?

–Jason Horowitz

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