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A Road to Progress Paved by a Woman Who Wouldn't Take 'No' for an Answer

Letitia James | Posted 04.09.2014 | New York
Letitia James

Shirley Chisholm was a woman who never took "no" for an answer. And just as importantly, she was a principled woman who could find common ground even with people who were diametrically opposed to her.

President's Proposal For FISA Public Advocate Legislation a Ticket to Nowhere

Merton Bernstein | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Merton Bernstein

President Obama's proposal that Congress authorize "outside government" public advocates is doubly useless: (1) Congress legislates almost nothing; and (2) such advocates would be too slow and limited to provide balance between intelligence needs and constitutional protections. The FISA Court can provide the rules.

Vote For Public Advocate Tomorrow

Posted 10.01.2013 | New York

The runoff election for the the Democratic nomination for New York City public advocate is on Tuesday, October 1. Neither of the two candidates, city ...

In Need of Publicity: The 2013 New York City Public Advocate Race

Ben Max | Posted 10.15.2013 | New York
Ben Max

Along with money, endorsements, and personality, identity politics could play a significant role in this race, with the four candidates coming from diverse backgrounds.

A New Vision for New York's Public Advocate

Reshma Saujani | Posted 08.09.2013 | New York
Reshma Saujani

We should be taking up the fight to solve the problems that New Yorkers face, not waiting to deal with their consequences. New Yorkers deserve a Public Advocate that will fight for them and lead their charge, not just pick up their phone call.

Cathy Guerriero NYC Public Advocate Candidate: Unfiltered and Driven

Melani Robinson | Posted 03.21.2013 | New York
Melani Robinson

Think Melanie Griffith's character in Working Girl except with a Ph.D. Cathy Guerriero, candidate for the office of Public Advocate for the City of New York, is determined to win. Born in Brooklyn and raised on Staten Island -- she may reside in Manhattan but her blue-collar roots are deep.

School Bus Strike, Mayoral Control and Girls Who Code on Yetta Kurland LIVE!

Yetta Kurland | Posted 03.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Yetta Kurland

This week I spoke with Larry Hanley, international president of the Amalgamated Transit Union on the city's first school bus strike since 1979.

Betsy Gotbaum, Ex-Public Advocate, Backs Stepson’s Opponent In Race

The New York Times | Posted 01.17.2013 | New York

Noah E. Gotbaum, a son of the labor leader Victor Gotbaum, can count on his family name for a boost as he runs this year for the office of New York Ci...

NYC Public Advocate Sues City Over Soaring Small Business Fines

Reuters | Posted 07.27.2012 | Small Business

(Reuters) - New York City's public advocate, a Democratic mayoral candidate known for his liberal views, on Thursday sued the city to obtain data to d...

Official Skewers Walmart's Lobbying

The Huffington Post | Alice Hines | Posted 05.04.2012 | Business

In the latest effort by politicians to exact retribution from Walmart for allegedly bribing officials in Mexico, New York City's public advocate, Bill...

New York's Worst Landlords And Buildings List

Posted 12.27.2011 | New York

Thinking of moving? While most of us city dwellers may not be Russian billionaires purchasing $88 million penthouses, at least we can can now dig up t...

The Conservative War Against Planned Parenthood

Bill de Blasio | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Bill de Blasio

As the conservative right steps up their attacks, New Yorkers should lead the fight to protect women and Planned Parenthood.

'Mosque' Debate Ending -- Will Rudy Join Rauf?

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Mark Green

It could be decisive if a Republican of Rudy's stature stepped forward to acknowledge that it's time to unite behind an obviously peaceful interfaith Center in New York, and to speak out against the rise in hate crimes against Muslims.

City Website Exposes Worst New York Slumlords

nydailynews.com | By Ben Chapman and Erin Einhorn | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Now they can't hide. Not Alan Fein, whose Bronx tenants live with urine-soaked hallways, crackhead squatters and filth so severe that one tenant was ...

Changing the NYC City Charter. Again?

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Mark Green

Why are we again debating a NYC Charter Commission in August? First, a stupid state law permits a mayor to keep impaneling them. Second, Bloomberg had to do a mulligan on term limits because of his shameful 2008 end run around two voter referenda.

A Real Public Advocate for New York City

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Steven Cohen

We need to create a stronger public advocate and ombudsperson office for New York City. The mayor is wrong when he says that the press is aggressive enough.

Time For Justice To Do The Right Thing

Bill de Blasio | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Bill de Blasio

Whether it's an interracial couple in Louisiana denied a marriage, or that blacks and Hispanics are 90% of the people frisked by NYC police, no place is immune to our history of racial struggle.

Progressive Landslide

Dan Cantor | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Cantor

I speak for thousands of Working Families Party members when I say that we are thrilled to have played a part in the victories of John Liu and Bill de Blasio.

Yom Kippur Puts Damper On Last Day Of Campaigning

nytimes.com | Michael Barbaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Because of a quirk in the calendar, Monday is both the last day of campaigning before the Democratic runoff election and the holiest day on the year f...

Are New York City Runoffs Superfluous?

nytimes.com | SAM ROBERTS | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Still, the city's Board of Elections will spend about $15 million to mount the runoff, and the four candidates competing in the election can legally s...

Mark Green Campaign Ad: "Always There For New Yorkers" (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Mark Green, Democratic politician and president of Air America Radio, is running for NYC Public Advocate, and has a new campaign video out (shot by hi...

Change Strikes Again

Dan Cantor | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Cantor

The Working Families Party started this election year with a simple idea. If we have a community organizer in the White House, why not put a few community organizers in City Hall?

"Now is the Time to Deliver"

Betsy Gotbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Betsy Gotbaum

While it's tempting to think that most Americans are well-informed and immune to health care myths, recent polls show that members of all political parties, across the country, are confused about what will happen to their health care.

NYPD Sets Stop-And-Frisks Record In 2008

Norman Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Norman Siegel

In 2008 the NYPD set a new record with 531,159 stop-and-frisks. During the first three months of 2009 they were on pace to shatter that record. This was happening even as the news media was focused on the arrest of Professor Gates.

Felder Falls Short: NYC Needs a Public Advocate

Betsy Gotbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Betsy Gotbaum

For less than $3 million a year, New Yorkers get a tremendous bang for their buck, and then some, from the Office of the Public Advocate.