On February 26th, 2019 a special election will be held in New York City to appoint a new Public Advocate.
Here’s what you need to know:
What is a public advocate?
A public advocate is an elected official who serves as a connector between the public and the city government. Whoever is elected to this position represents the interests of New Yorkers by reviewing and investigating complaints about city services. The public advocate is also the second highest ranking official after the mayor. If the mayor is no longer able to carry out the duties of the office, the public advocate is the first in line to take over as mayor.
Why is this position important?
A public advocate serves as a “watchdog” for New Yorkers by surveilling the city government and reporting any concerning issues. As previously stated, a public advocate handles your complaints about city services and makes proposals to address the deficiencies of these services. He/she can introduce legislation, but is a non-voting member of the New York City Council.
Why is there a special election in February for a public advocate?
The special election is being held this February to fill this position that has recently been vacated. This is due to the previous public advocate Letitia James assuming her position as New York Attorney General on January 1st.
How is this election different?
One major difference in this election is that it is nonpartisan, as it is with all special city elections. None of the candidates will appear as Democrat or Republican, nor any other political party. Whoever is elected will hold office only for a few months. A primary and a general election will be held in the fall of this year to determine the candidate who will have this position for the full four-year term.
This election will be the first of 2019. Let’s kick off the new year by going out to vote!
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