Gothamist plans to interview all candidates for citywide office in 2013. This surveywill give us and our readers an overview of each candidate’s positions on issues of particular import to our audience of young New York voters. For each question, please give a a shortresponse outlining your candidate’s position. You may include a link to longer position statementsat the bottom of each response, which we will include when we publish the piece. If you do notwish to answer any question, please specify “no comment”. If you have any questions, pleasecontact us.
1. Why should young people in NYC vote for you for Public Advocate instead of the other candidates? As a lifelong New Yorker, I know first-hand that making a life here can be tough -- tougher thanother places in a lot of ways -- but this city is also the greatest engine of opportunity the word hasever known, and a place unlike anywhere else to live. That's true of the recent college grad or theretiree, theyoung family or the new immigrant. Our job is to make sure that NYC works better for
all who want to be a part of it. I was elected to the State Senate in 2008, when I was 28 years old, unseating a 30-year incumbent who had been in office since before I was born, and have fought to reform governmentand deliver real results:
Getting the MTA to improve frequency, reliability and cleanliness on the F and the Llines-- and the agency has just agreed to do so on the G too(h/t to Gothamist for
beating the drum).
Authoring and passing ethics reform legislation into law, and leading the fight for state campaign finance reform.
Negotiating an end to the City’s policy of charging rent to homeless families inshelters.
Creating safer and more accessible streets bothblock-by-blockand bypassing new
Making the public school admissions process more parent-friendly for families in mydistrict.
Writing the law that made it harder for landlords to jack up rents in rent-regulatedapartments. As Public Advocate I will make sure that young people -- and each and every community thatfinds itself left out or left behind -- are represented, so that city government delivers results tomake a difference in their lives. The Public Advocate can and must be a vehicle that connects our large city government to the individuals, communities, and businesses that too often aren'tserved, and makes sure their voices aren't just heard -- but that their needs and ideas are drivingreal change. As Public Advocate I will fight to ensure that New York is a place where more people, from morebackgrounds, have a better chance to make a life. 2. How would you distinguish your future office from the present one run by Bill De Blasio?