The special election for Public Advocate is getting a special kind of NY1 debate. In conjunction with @NYCVotes, Politico New York, and a wide array of co-sponsors, NY1 is a sponsoring a debate with seven candidates Wednesday at @bmcc_cuny. The Public Advocate takes over if a mayor cannot complete their term, and functions as a city government watchdog and an ombudsperson for the public. But it's also widely viewed as a springboard to higher office. Assemblyman Michael Blake says he wants the Public Advocate to have a permanent seat on the MTA Board. City Councilman Rafael Espinal wants the Public Advocate to introduce legislation to create more housing. Assemblyman Ron Kim wants to transform the Public Advocate's office to cancel, monetize, or write down debt. Activist Nomiki Konst is calling for New Yorkers to have a $30 minimum wage by 2020. Former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito says she would be willing to sue city agencies as Public Advocate Attorney Dawn Smalls wants the Public Advocate's office to shine a spotlight on homeless women and kids. And City Councilman Jumaane Williams says he wants the Public Advocate to be able to subpoena city government and vote in the City Council. Head to to find out who else is running and to learn more about this unusual winter election. And be sure to watch the debate live on NY1 at 7 p.m. #NYCVotes
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Greetings Everyone! Listen, if you missed the opportunity last week to participate in the phone bank. No worries! Come on out and enjoy the fun with the team as we spread the word about the upcoming special election on April 23rd. You will need your phone and a laptop or tablet. I look forward to seeing you! if you can't make it but want to be apart of the team in some way. Please visit To view the list of volunteer options that are listed. Don't have the time? You can also show your support by donating at Have an awesome day family! #charlesforsenate #forthepeople #district22 #tnvoter #representationmatters #thepeopleschamp #montgomerycounty #houstoncounty #stewartcounty #erin #dover #clarksville #wecan #wewill #forthecommunity #forveterans #fortheculture #registertovote #primary #juanitacharlesforsenate #letsmakehistory #specialelection #everyperson
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Ran into @rlespinal yesterday morning in Williamsburg, we talked in front of multiple empty storefronts. In the afternoon I went down to the board of elections and cast my ballot for Public Advocate. I’m out of town next week and had to make sure I weighed in. My vote goes to the candidate that puts our environment front and center. #espinalfornyc #publicadvocate #votenyc #ivotefortheenvironment #climatechangenyc #liveablecity #williamsburgbrooklyn #nyc #specialelection
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It’s Manny Alicandro for public advocate on February 26, the only one that will stand up to De Blasio. #makenewyorkgreatagain #specialelection #stopdeblasio
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