Posted by: jonahlr | September 16, 2009

Norman Finishes Fourth, Green and de Blasio In Runoff

Sometimes the best man doesn’t win. Sometimes high-profile endorsements trump the endorsements of those whose stories are less known but no less important. Sometimes glossy mailers trump a career spent fighting for the disenfranchised and powerless. Sometimes big money trumps a lifetime spent taking on the tough issues.

That’s what happened Tuesday night, as Norman Siegel came in fourth behind Bill de Blasio, Eric Gioia, and Mark Green in the Democratic race to become New York City’s next Public Advocate.

De Blasio came in first with 32.63% of the vote. Green placed second with 30.88%. Gioia was third with 18.40%. Norman was fourth with 14.32%. And Imtiaz Syed finished fifth with 3.76%.

Who will be the Democratic Party’s nominee for Public Advocate remains undecided. Neither de Blasio or Green was able to get 40% of the vote, meaning the two will enter a runoff to be held two weeks from yesterday.

So, Norman is out, but the fight continues. The same issues that we campaigned on remain with us today, and it is our duty to keep fighting for a better New York City.

And finally, I would just like to end with a thank you. A thank you to anyone who checked out this blog. A big thank you to anyone who volunteered for Norman. And of course, an enormous thank you to the 49,738 New Yorkers who voted for Norman on Primary Day. Thank you so much.

Fight on, New York!

Posted by: jonahlr | September 15, 2009

Primary Day!

All right, Primary Day has finally arrived. Just a couple of hours from now, at 6am, the polls will open and the voting will begin. I know that many of you have busy schedules and can’t devote much time to this race, but I just ask you to do two simple things.

  1. VOTE. If you are a Democrat and are registered to vote in any of the five boroughs, you are eligible to vote in today’s Democratic Primary. So please, if you are eligible, go out and vote. And don’t just vote for any old politician. Make your vote count. Vote for someone who will actually fight for you. In other words, vote Norman Siegel for Public Advocate. Polls will be open from 6am to 9pm today, so that should give everyone plenty of time to cast their vote. If you need help finding your local polling place, please click this link.
  2. TALK TO A FEW FRIENDS about the election. Spread the word. Tell them about all the things Norman has done for this city. Tell them that when it comes down to it, Norman has been the people’s advocate for the last four decades and that’s why we ought to make him our next Public Advocate. Encourage them to vote. Think about it, if 10 voters each get 10 friends to vote, that’s 110 total votes right there. So, spread the word and get your friends out to the polls.

That’s it. Two simple tasks. So if you can do it, we would really appreciate the help, because that’s how this campaign is going to be won, with the help of people like you.


Posted by: jonahlr | September 15, 2009

Get to Know Norman

Most people who know Norman Siegel think very highly of him. The problem is most New York City voters don’t really know what Norman’s done or what he will do if elected Public Advocate. If you’re one of those people looking for more information, you’ve come to the right place.

For a quick description of Norman Siegel, click this link.

For a more detailed biography, please click here.

If you want to know where he stands on specific issues, click here.

And finally, if you’re wondering why this election matters, please click here.

Basic point that should come through after going through these links is that the Public Advocate is an important position and that there is no better man for the job than Norman Siegel. So, go out there and make Norman your next Public Advocate.


Posted by: jonahlr | September 15, 2009

Cyclists for Norman!

Norman has always been a strong advocate for the rights of cyclists throughout New York. Check out this great video below!

Posted by: jonahlr | September 12, 2009

Join Us at Tomorrow’s Labor Day Parade

Hey, what are you doing this afternoon? Nothing? Perfect, then why not join famed civil liberties attorney Norman Siegel and his friends from the Postal Workers union this afternoon at the annual Labor Day Parade. Norman should have a pretty good-sized group at the event, but with all his union connections, de Blasio will probably have a lot of people as well, so we need your help. Please come out tomorrow and show your support for Norman. We’ll be gathering tomorrow at 12:30pm on 48th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue. We will begin marching at 1:15pm, and we will march all the way to 72nd Street and 5th Avenue. So, please join us. It should be a good time.
Once again to review the event details:
WHAT: Labor Day Parade
WHO: Join Norman Siegel and his friends at the Postal Workers Union
WHERE: 48th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues
WHEN: 12:30 (We begin marching at 1:15)
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, feel free to call me at 914 – 912 – 9900
Posted by: jonahlr | September 11, 2009

Norman in the Village Voice

Nice mention of Norman in The Village Voice today.

Former New York Civil Liberties Union President Norman Siegel has a very distinguished record, a willingness to fight for causes, and the sort of gadfly temperament that’s seemingly made for the Public Advocate’s office, particularly as a check on our presumably unstoppable corporatist mayor. Naturally he is polling the worst of all four candidates.

It’s a wonderful little snippet, except that last sentence. Last place? What is wrong with us? Here we have the perfect candidate for the job, and yet he’s in last place behind a couple of political hacks and a has-been. Are we, the people of New York, really going to let this happen? I hope not. I hope that rather than give up, we stand up and seize the moment. Volunteer for Norman. Hand out fliers. Make telephone calls. For more information on how you can help, click this link. And most importantly, vote on September 15th for Norman Siegel.

Posted by: jonahlr | September 11, 2009

September 11, 2001

ATTENTION: This is not a campaign video. This is September 11 tribute video that I found on YouTube. It really moved me so I thought I would put it up on the site in dedication to those who lost their lives or someone they knew on September 11.

Posted by: jonahlr | September 11, 2009

Video of Norman Speaking For Tenants’ Rights

Great snippet of Public Advocate candidate Norman Siegel speaking out for tenants’ rights. Check it out below!

Posted by: jonahlr | September 11, 2009

A Busy September 10th and A Quiet September 11th

Less than a week before the big Democratic primary, famed civil liberties Norman Siegel kept busy as he continued his citywide campaign for Public Advocate. Among the highlights from Thursday, September 10:
  • He spoke at the Soundview Senior Center up in the South Bronx. Although I wasn’t at this particular event, I’ve gone with him to a senior center event before, and I must say, these events really are inspiring. Just listening to the dialogue between Norman and the seniors is tremendous.
  • Norman joined his friends at the Postal Union in protesting the potential closing at Pitt Station.
  • Norman attended the Goddard Riverside and St. John’s candidate forums.
  • And he participated in a debate at Hunter College. Unfortunately, Bill de Blasio, Eric Gioia, and Mark Green failed to show up once again, but Norman was there, as was Republican candidate Alex Zablocki and Socialist candidate Maura DeLuca. The three of them were able to have a very good conversation about the issues affecting New Yorkers and the role a Public Advocate can play in solving these problems.
But after a busy Thursday on the campaign trail, Norman will suspend his campaign today in memory of the tragic September 11th attacks. Norman feels that it wouldn’t be appropriate to campaign on a day of such gravity. So, the next major event will be on Saturday, when Norman joins his Postal Union friends again in the annual Labor Day Parade. More details forthcoming!
Posted by: jonahlr | September 9, 2009

Rachel Robinson Endorses Norman Siegel for Public Advocate

Rachel Robinson, the founder and president of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, has endorsed Norman Siegel for Public Advocate, Robinson, the widow of famed baseball player Jackie Robinson, has won the UCLA Award as well as the (Baseball) Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award for her lifetime achievements.

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