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2009 NYC Voter Guide: Candidate Profile: Jim Lesczynski

Public Advocate



Bill de Blasio Alex T. Zablocki no photo Jim Lesczynski

Bill de Blasio
[ D, WF ]

Alex T. Zablocki
[ R ]

William J. Lee*
[ C ]

Jim Lesczynski
[ LBT ]

Maura DeLuca

Maura DeLuca
[ SW ]

Jim Lesczynski


Party enrolled in: Libertarian

Occupation: Enemy of the State

Occupational background: Marketing Manager

Educational background: MBA, New York University, 2001; BFA, Bowling Green State University, 1988

Organizational affiliations: Manhattan Libertarian Party, Campaign for Liberty

Prior public experience: Disgruntled taxpayer



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

Eliminate the position of Public Advocate. Want to save the taxpayers of New York City millions of wasted tax dollars every year? Simply eliminate the position of Public Advocate, fire the staff, and board up the offices. The Public Advocate is a do-nothing job that was designed to give empty-suit politicians a place to grandstand.

In 2005, I ran for Public Advocate on the same platform of eliminating the position. Four years later, the incumbent has done nothing prove that the position gives the taxpayers any value. The City Council took an important first step this year by cutting the Public Advocate's budget. More recently, legislation was introduced calling for a referendum to eliminate the position. Now we need to finish the job. If I am elected Public Advocate, I promise to report to work just long enough to fire the staff and padlock the office.


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

Abolish matching funds. Although the original intent of the Campaign Finance Act may have been to provide fairer, more competitive elections, it's proved to be nothing more than a welfare program for politicians.

The one good part about matching funds is that they provide a crystal ball into the future by which voters can judge candidates. Every candidate claims he'll watch out for the taxpayers once he's elected. But the matching funds program gives us a way to let them walk the walk before election day. If they abuse the taxpayers before they're ever elected, they're unlikely to change their ways once they're in office.


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

I am running for Public Advocate to be the voice of freedom in the wilderness of New York City statist politics. If you like your liberty straight-up and your politicians rare (as in rarely messing with your life or your money) then I'm your man.


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C = Conservative
D = Democratic
FJ = Freedom Justice
G = Green
I = Independence
JE = Jobs and Education
L = Liberal
LBT = Libertarian Party
NV = New Voice
P = Populist Party
PSL = Party for Socialism and Liberation
RTH* = Rent is Too High Party
R = Republican
SW = Socialist Workers Party
WF = Working Families

*Rent is Too Damn High was changed by the BOE to Rent is Too High after the printed Voter Guide had gone to press.