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Earlier this year, I supported the re-election of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles “Joe” Hynes, who I have known for many years. On Sept. 10, the voters of Brooklyn spoke loud and clear; they decided that it was time for change, and by a decisive margin, they elected Ken Thompson to be the Democratic nominee. Thompson’s outstanding qualifications as an attorney, his compelling personal story and his campaign message of bringing a fresh approach to the job resonated with voters across the borough.
Just weeks ago, Letitia “Tish” James was elected the Democratic candidate in the race for public advocate. Her election was historic, and if she wins the primary, James will become New York’s first Black female citywide elected official.
The job of public advocate is probably one of the most important posts in the city, yet one of the least understood or 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 state to the city, its services and agencies.