Public Advocate




Bill de Blasio Mark Green

Bill de Blasio

Mark Green

Mark Green


Party enrolled in: Democratic

Occupation: President, Air America Radio; President, The New Democracy Project

Occupational background: Former Public Advocate; Public Interest Lawyer; Author/Editor of 22 books on Government/Public Affairs; Teacher at NYU

Educational background: Harvard Law School, 1970; Cornell University School of Arts & Sciences, 1967

Organizational affiliations: Not Supplied

Prior public experience: Commissioner, NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, 1990-1993; NYC Public Advocate, 1994-2001



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1. What is the most important issue in the city you would address if elected?

Economic Development - We must build on our asset of the most innovative workforce in the country to create our next economy. To become the "Creative City," we must spur small businesses, revitalize niche manufacturing and grow more "green jobs" by energy audits and expanded conservation, as described in my "Plan for a Greener City" at


2. What other important issues would you address if elected?

I'd focus on improving our schools through better teacher recruitment and smaller classes, more affordable housing, and improved use of technology to modernize our transportation system.

Greater government transparency can tear down the walls between citizens and City Hall. I'd again hold a town hall meeting in every neighborhood in our City. The only way to understand every community is to go there and listen to everyone.


3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?

I know the job because I've done the job. From reducing racial profiling to stopping companies from firing domestic violence victims to ending tobacco ads targeting our kids, I was an aggressive, progressive voice as your Public Advocate and Consumer Affairs Commissioner. And would be again.

My goal has always been to save your money and your health...and to come up with new solutions to old problems. Like my proposal for 311 in 2001 that was later implemented. But since no one of us is as smart as all of us, I urge you to come to to share your own new ideas.

Together, we can bring progressive change to New York the way President Obama is bringing change to Washington.


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