BAY RIDGE – The race for Public Advocate is going full steam ahead. Over two dozen candidates have declared their intentions and are gathering signatures to get on the ballot. We have partnered with Solidarity Space in Bay Ridge to sit down with individual candidates, talk about issues that matter to Brooklyn residents and help you decide which one is best equipped to represent us.
- On January 7, journalists Kadia Goba and Ross Barkan will interview Ron Kim. Doors open at 6 pm. There will be a 30-minute interview, followed by 30 minutes of audience questions. The format is the same for all events in the series.
- On January 8, we’ll be talking to Councilmember Jumaane Williams, who has been representing parts of Flatbush and Midwood since 2010.
- On January 10, we’ll sit down with Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell who represents areas on Northern Manhattan.
- On January 17th, our guest will be another Brooklyn Council Member Rafael Espinal from East New York.
- On January 18th, we will talk to the man from the Bronx, Assemblyman Michael Blake.
- On January 24th, Goba and Barkan will interview former Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who was the very first to file the required signatures to get her name on the ballot.
Councilman Kalman Yeger is meanwhile working to abolish the position of Public Advocate and the oversight on Mayor it provides, arguing that it is a massive waste of money.
The position acts as a watchdog over the mayor and New York City agencies and investigates complaints about city agencies, according to the public advocate website. Speaker Corey Johnson will serve as Public Advocate until the winner of the Feb. 26 election. This after Leticia James vacated the seat to take her position as New York State Attorney General. Most people know of it because of the Worst Landlords Watchlist that the office has been publishing annually. So bring your questions, and we hope to see you at:
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