Here we are again. This past Tuesday there was a run-off to decide who would be running on the Democratic line in the General Election of November 3rd for Public Advocate. At the writing of this column the election did not take place, however I would like to tell you that there is a young, fresh Republican named Alex Zablocki who is running against the winner of this past Tuesday's election.
The role of the Public Advocate is to "… review complaints of a recurring and multi-borough citywide nature relating to services and programs, and to make proposals to improve the city's response to such complaints… receive individual complaints concerning service and other administrative actions of city agencies; and investigate and otherwise attempt to resolve such individual complaints. … The Public Advocate may, on the request of a resident, taxpayer, community board, council member or borough president, or on his or her own motion, inquire into any alleged failure of a city officer or agency to comply with any provision of the Charter…" The Public Advocate also presides over stated meetings of the City Council.
To quote Crain's NY business.com, "Both comptroller candidates and Mr. de Blasio are City Council members who forsook re-election campaigns to instead seek higher office. Mr. Green was public advocate from 1994 through 2001 and is trying to return to that post, which he left because of term limits. Because the city's electorate is solidly Democratic and the Republicans are not fielding strong candidates in either race, the run-off will determine who assumes the seats in January."
This is a position which is a watch dog for the citizens of NYC. After watching the debates between the candidates for the Democratic line, assuming that the winner of this primary will go uncontested to becoming the next Public Advocate, I remind all voters that there is a choice. Alex Zablocki is a fresh new talent beholden to no one. I personally know Alex from his time as an aid for State Senator Andrew Lanza from Staten Island. He is yet another young man, like our own Councilman Eric Ulrich, who is not a cookie-cutter politician. They both have reasons for getting it right. They want to remain living in the greatest city of the world and raise their families here.
Alex has demonstrated to the people of Staten Island that he acts fairly and with moral consideration and dedication. I am not expecting him to get it right on day one, but if he can bring a level of integrity to this office, then I want everyone to realize that on November 3, there is a choice. Alex Zablocki is a candidate that I will be casting my vote for as I also cast my ballot for our own Councilman Eric Ulrich. Eric Ulrich in his few short months as our City Councilman has won over the people who are tired of politics as usual. He brings a level of accountability that is very refreshing to the electorate of the 32 Council District. Both Eric Ulrich and Alex Zablocki are young men who are deciding to get into politics to make a difference after seeing the dysfunction that has occurred over the years.
I hope that you will join me in casting your ballot for these candidates November 3. You do have a choice!
For those of you who do not know, I am running the campaign office for Mayor Mike Bloomberg and for Councilman Eric Ulrich located at 114-09 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, 718 474-4280. I believe that the reelection of both Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Councilman Eric Ulrich will be in our best interests and I hope you see the logic of my thoughts.
With the election so close, now is the time to step up and get involved in the campaign to get your candidates elected.
Please be in touch and please consider voting for not only Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Councilman Eric Ulrich but also Alex Zablocki for Public Advocate. As I said before you do have a choice.
If you would like to get involved, now is the time. If you do nothing to help get your candidates elected then we deserve what ever we get. Hope to see you soon.