Thompson for Mayor
Amsterdam News Editorial Board | 8/1/2013, 10:28 a.m.
Stringer, on the other hand, presents a meaningful contrast to the former governor in almost every way. He is genuine, thoughtful and humble. He knows what the job means and how it translates to the lives of all New Yorkers.
Stringer is a New Yorker who has dedicated his life to public service. He was never in it to get rich, nor in it to get famous. He came into the public sector because he wanted to make life better for New Yorkers. He knows how the office of comptroller works; he knows the power that he can wield, and he knows that with the proper attention, he can save the city money, which will translate into the availability of funds for the services that New Yorkers need most.
He is not in the race to reclaim his name. He is in this race for all of us. He wants New York to be a better, stronger, more fiscally healthy city, where we know that the pensions of our hard-working municipal employees are safe. For all these reasons and more, we endorse Scott Stringer for comptroller.
The job of public advocate is probably one of the most important posts in the city, yet one of the least understood and funded. The office of the public advocate has a budget of less than $2 million a year, but it is charged with being the ombudsman for New York to the city, its services and agencies.
When things don’t work, citizens are supposed to get help from the public advocate. And that is why we need someone who knows how to fight. In this race, we have five candidates, three women and two men. Two candidates stand out in the field: Leticia “Tish” James and Reshma Saujani.
James is a scrappy Brooklyn fighter. She came up in the political arena almost by accident. She never expected to run for public office but was thrown into a race after the murder of Council Member James Davis. She ran on the Working Families Party and won. She has been a voice for the underdog and has fought the good fight in the City Council. One thing for sure is that James does not take “no” for an answer.
The other candidate of note is Saujani. Like James, she is also a lawyer. Like James, she also has tried to make a difference in the lives of others, but for her, it has been through the use of technology and the entrepreneurial spirit. Saujani founded an organization called Girls Who Code, which teaches young women the skills needed to compete in the ever-evolving tech marketplace. She is a fierce force for education and could be a great public advocate, but it is our feeling that this is not the job best suited for her. We believe that there are other places where she will be able to leave her mark that will serve this city and perhaps the greater community better. She has something with Girls Who Code, and we believe she needs to continue to follow that path.