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Last-Minute Voter Guide to the Public Advocate Run-Off
Posted By Brad Aaron On October 1, 2013 @ 1:00 pm In Daniel Squadron,Election 2013,Elections,Letitia James | 5 Comments
Have you voted yet?
The Democratic runoff election for public advocate is happening right now . Candidates Tish James and Dan Squadron each have impressive bona fides when it comes to livable streets. In his four years in Albany, Squadron took the lead in shepherding a number of street safety bills through the State Senate. StreetsPAC-endorsed James has been a reliable voice of reason in the City Council, a proponent of street redesigns in her district, and has pledged to use the public advocate’s office to draw attention to NYPD traffic enforcement. In a televised runoff debate, both reiterated their support for congestion pricing.
Despite having a relatively tiny budget and limited power, the public advocate has bully a pulpit that can be used to highlight whatever issues s/he deems important. The public advocate steps in if the mayor is unable to complete a term, and the job often serves as a springboard to run for higher office.
Here’s an overview of positions taken by James and Squadron on street safety, transit, parking and related issues.
Turnout today is expected to be very low, so your vote can help make the difference for either candidate. The polls close at 9 p.m.
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 happening right now: http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/10/01/this-week-public-advocate-flatbush-road-diet-regional-rail/
 congestion pricing: http://www.streetsblog.org/2008/05/21/state-sen-martin-connor-secretly-supported-pricing-all-along/
 “Bikes in Buildings”: http://www.streetsblog.org/2008/09/24/bikes-in-buildings-so-easy-so-effective/
 traffic-calming: http://www.streetsblog.org/2012/09/11/park-avenue-is-broken-and-it-can-be-fixed/
 public plazas: http://www.streetsblog.org/2012/02/16/tonight-help-shape-the-future-of-fort-greenes-fowler-square/
 Grand Army Plaza redesign: http://www.streetsblog.org/2011/11/09/you-can-finally-walk-to-grand-army-plaza-without-fear/
 Defended bike lanes in the City Council: http://www.streetsblog.org/2010/12/09/quick-hits-from-todays-city-council-hearing-on-bike-policy/
 Prospect Park: http://www.streetsblog.org/2008/09/16/youth-advocates-deliver-10000-letters-calling-for-car-free-prospect-park/
 bike-share: http://www.streetsblog.org/2011/09/14/sadik-khan-announces-a-bike-share-program-thats-big-enough-to-succeed/
 conditional: http://www.streetsblog.org/2012/11/28/downtown-brooklyn-parking-reform-would-you-like-a-school-with-that/
 the upgrade’s effects on street parking: http://www.streetsblog.org/2009/11/06/tish-james-we-need-to-improve-nycs-most-unreliable-bus-but/
 Hayley and Diego’s Law: http://www.streetsblog.org/2010/10/14/kavanagh-and-squadron-usher-hayley-and-diegos-law-into-effect/
 truck crossover mirror bill: http://www.streetsblog.org/2012/12/17/mirror-law-loopholes-keep-city-pedestrians-at-risk-from-large-trucks/
 red light camera program: http://www.streetsblog.org/2009/04/17/squadron-red-light-cams-needed-at-dangerous-intersections/
 implement safety measures on Delancey: http://www.streetsblog.org/2012/09/27/in-wake-of-traffic-fatality-spike-officials-tout-safer-delancey-street/
 regulate curbside inter-city bus service: http://capntransit.blogspot.com/2012/06/whos-sticking-up-for-bus-riders.html
 residential permit parking: http://www.streetsblog.org/2009/05/18/brooklyn-pols-revive-proposal-for-residential-permit-parking/
 wider access ramps: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/nyregion/traffic-eased-on-brooklyn-bridge-access-ramps.html?_r=0
 retain limited driving privileges: http://www.streetsblog.org/2010/02/25/albany-to-drunk-drivers-well-go-easy-on-you/
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