Last-Minute Voter Guide to the Public Advocate Run-Off

Have you voted yet?

The Democratic runoff election for public advocate is happening right now. Candidates Tish James and Dan Squadron each have impressive bona fides when it comes to livable streets. In his four years in Albany, Squadron took the lead in shepherding a number of street safety bills through the State Senate. StreetsPAC-endorsed James has been a reliable voice of reason in the City Council, a proponent of street redesigns in her district, and has pledged to use the public advocate’s office to draw attention to NYPD traffic enforcement. In a televised runoff debate, both reiterated their support for congestion pricing.

Despite having a relatively tiny budget and limited power, the public advocate has bully a pulpit that can be used to highlight whatever issues s/he deems important. The public advocate steps in if the mayor is unable to complete a term, and the job often serves as a springboard to run for higher office.

Here’s an overview of positions taken by James and Squadron on street safety, transit, parking and related issues.

James:

Squadron:

Turnout today is expected to be very low, so your vote can help make the difference for either candidate. The polls close at 9 p.m.

  • Eric McClure

    Tish James: endorsed by StreetsPAC.

  • Anonymous

    Really? Why? I thought her performance at the debate was truly embarrassing. What was with her robotic insertion of ‘The City of New York’ into every other sentence? Of course she’s no Eric what’s his name, but to be a heartbeat from the mayor? I just don’t see it.

  • If you saw Squadron last night ducking the question on live tv as to whether or not a negative robo call was his….that alone would have made me vote for James if I was on the fence.

  • Anonymous

    Same with getting the creepy “I’ve been watching you vote frequently and you’ll be contacted by My People after this election” letter from Schumer endorsing Squadron. I’ve had just about enough from that bike lane blocking Senator and his buddies.

  • Guest

    I got a similar letter from DC37 telling me to vote for James. Same “follow up” threat as well.

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