The office of New York City’s public advocate was vacated on December 31, 2018 after former Public Advocate Letitia James was sworn into the office of state attorney general. On January 2nd, Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a special election for February 26th to fill the vacated seat.


New York City’s official nonpartisan Voter Guide has all the information you need to choose the right candidate to represent you.


All registered voters in New York City are eligible to vote in this special election. Click here to make sure you’re registered to vote, and look up your poll site location here.


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Our city is stronger when everyone votes. Get out and vote on February 26th, so you can make a difference on the issues that matter to you!




The public advocate is New York City’s second-highest ranking elected official and can step in to act as mayor if the mayor is absent or unable to perform their duties. As the people's legal representative in city government, the public advocate has the power to investigate complaints and make recommendations about city agencies and services, provide information that allows New Yorkers to protect themselves, and introduce or co-sponsor bills.

Last day to register (by mail) to vote in the special election (must be received by city BOE by February 6)
FEB 16
Last day to register (in person)to vote in the special election
FEB 19
Last day to postmark absentee ballot application
FEB 25
Last day to apply (in person) for an absentee ballot
Last date to postmark absentee ballot (must be received by city BOE by March 5)
FEB 26
Last day to deliver absentee ballot (in person) to the city BOE
Special Election Day




This Voter Guide is produced by the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB) to help New Yorkers make informed choices at the polls. The CFB creates an online Guide for every city election. This Guide lists all the candidates who were expected to be on the ballot at the time of posting and will be updated if the list changes.


The profiles and photos in this Guide were submitted to the CFB by the candidates, all of whom have affirmed that the information provided is true to the best of their knowledge. The views expressed in the candidate statements do not represent those of the CFB.


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