Former public advocate Mark Green just announced that he’s running, once again, for public advocate. It’s the only office he’s ever run for successfully, and it changes the current race pretty drastically.
Other candidates in the race include civil liberties attorney Norman Siegel and City Council members Eric Gioia, Bill de Blasio and John Liu. Read More
Assemblyman Jonathan Bing’s chief of staff, Ben Kallos, filed paperwork to run for the City Council seat in Manhattan currently held by Jessica Lappin, who is contemplating a bid for public advocate.
Kallos is a 20-something lawyer who has done some impressive tinkering with voter databases and has quickly embedded himself in Read More
A few readers have encouraged me to take a longer perspective on the fund-raising efforts of the public advocate candidates, and particularly of Bill de Blasio’s $200,000 haul in the last six months.
While that number is large for this filing period, overall, de Blasio still lags behind some of the other candidates. Read More
In non-plane-crash news, public advocate candidate Bill de Blasio was endorsed today by ACORN, the campaign announced.
“Bill has been at the forefront of our fights to increase affordable housing, combat rental discrimination, and ensure the provision of quality child care,” said the chairman of ACORN’s political action committee, Val Holder-Luke.
“While Read More
Jessica Lappin, who is considering joining the crowded race for public advocate, plans to change the name of her campaign committee from Lappin for Council to Lappin 2009, a person with knowledge of the campaign said.
Lappin has also begun to “ramp up” her fund-raising effort and hired two new fund-raisers Read More
John Liu has signed Bill Lynch Associates to be the general consultants on his campaign for public advocate, a campaign aide confirmed.
“This is a very accomplished group of campaign strategists and partners who have signed on as a team for John Liu, the next public advocate,” said Chung Seto, a senior strategist on Read More
Norman Siegel, one of the recognizable names in next year's public advocate’s race, said that if his third bid for the office is unsuccessful, he won't try again.
“I told my wife and we had a conversation, and this is it,” Siegel said.. “That’s why it’s Read More
–by Jimmy Vielkind and Azi Paybarah
To the list of serious candidates for public advocate next year, add, maybe, City Councilwoman Jessica Lappin.
"I am very seriously considering a run for Public Advocate next year," Lappin told me via text message moments ago.
More than one reader told me recently of having been contacted by Lappin recently to gauge support for Read More
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A reader emailed this photo of a poster that's up in midtown Manhattan, urging people to call City Councilwoman Jessica Lappin to push her to vote against changing the city’s term-limits law.
It's part of the Working Families Party's campaign to block the Read More