Democrat Mark Green, the city’s first public advocate, has told NY1 he will once again run for the office.
Green held the position from 1994 to 2001.
He says his experience is necessary during these tough times.
“Given the extraordinary economic crisis, it’s especially urgent that the person who’s the next public advocate,” said Green, “the number two citywide office holder, the investigator of city services, be a person who’s shown that he or she can get results and have innovative ideas, has a track record, and understands how to make New York a cutting edge, 21st century city.”
In 2001, Green was the Democratic nominee for mayor, but lost to Michael Bloomberg. He has also had unsuccessful runs for Congress, Senate, and state attorney general.
Green is also a former member of our NY1 Wise Guys, airing every Tuesday night on the “Road to City Hall.”
Green’s likely Democratic opponents include City Councilmen Bill de Blasio, Eric Gioia, and John Liu, along with civil rights attorney Norman Siegel.
Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum is eligible to run for re-election this year. But after strongly opposing the term limits extension- Gotbaum said she would not run for a third term.