Posted by: jonahlr | August 31, 2009

Norman in the News

A couple interesting items in the news:

First off, the Gotham Gazette ran an interesting article on the Public Advocate’s race. After a lengthy discussion of the candidates’ favorite breakfast choices, the Gazette profiles each of the candidates. In case you don’t want to read the whole article, here are a few highlights of their Norman Siegel segment:

Across the island and about 30 blocks north, another public advocate candidate was telling straphangers a different story — one of trips down to Mississippi during the civil rights movement, marches for equal opportunity and repeatedly bringing the city to court.

Siegel is the only candidate who is not a career politician. And he says he doesn’t want to be.

Later in the article, Norman discusses how he would rejuvenate the Public Advocate’s office:

Siegel wants to build a constituency for the public advocate — a move he says will save it from its demise. He will host “Friday Nights” at City Hall and send volunteers into the streets to put a face on the office. He wants to decentralize and set up public advocate bureaus in every borough.

“You can excite people through this office,” said Siegel, who sported white Cuba pants. “Especially in poorer neighborhoods.”

And finally:

Siegel sees the office as a vehicle to help the city’s most vulnerable. His first priority would be to set up a public advocate commission on the economy to examine what the city could do to invigorate local businesses and the self employed. Siegel promises to cut the city’s homeless population in half. He plans on challenging the administration — often invoking Clint Eastwood when threatening a lawsuit. “Make my day,” he says.

And if you’d like to read a funny article where the New York Post decides to endorse no one, feel free to click this link.


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