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Tuesday, July 30
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Public Advocate Forum

Elmo Lounge
156 7th Avenue (at 19th Street)
1 to 18th St; B/D/F/M/C/E to 23rd Street

Free for Annual Members; $5/non-members

It’s six weeks before the Democratic Primary….have you met your NYC Public Advocate candidates yet?
Join DL21C next Tuesday night, July 30th, for cocktails and a town hall discussion with all four candidates running for Public Advocate.
The Public Advocate is one of the three citywide elected offices – and acts as a watchdog on behalf of all New Yorkers, ensuring everyone receives the City services that they deserve, and gives people a voice in shaping the important policies that come out of City Hall.  As an ex-officio member of all Council committees with the power to introduce legislation, the Public Advocate is an important participant in the legislative process. Through the office's powers of appointment, the Public Advocate also influences City planning, the budget process, and the management of retirement funds.
This is a great opportunity to meet the candidates as the campaign enters the final stretch.
See you Tuesday night back at Elmo!
Then….save the dates in August for our NYC debate watch parties, and our 21st Annual Summer Bash!
Tuesday, July 30th
DL21C’s NYC Public Advocate Candidate Forum
Cathy Guerriero
Leticia “Tish” James
Reshma Saujani
Dan Squadron
Candidate websites:
About the Candidates
Cathy Guerriero
Cathy is a fifth-generation Staten Islander, who also grew up in Brooklyn.  Dr. Guerriero has been teaching education and politics at Teachers College, Columbia University for close to a decade, as well as the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University. She runs a successful strategic planning consultancy for small business owners and non-profit organizations. She served as Director of Strategic Planning for the Archdiocese of New York and Director of Government Relations for Catholic Charities, and as Associate Director for the Archdiocese of New York for the Pope Benedict XVI Papal Visit in 2008, managing the travel and safety of hundreds of thousands of people in and out of New York City as well as successfully networking between the needs of the New York City government, the Vatican, the Archdiocese and the Secret Service. She worked for two years in Market Development at Merck Pharmaceuticals and she put herself through graduate school as a Sports Reporter for the Staten Island Advance.
Cathy has participated actively the New Era Democrats political club in Brooklyn and the Congress of Italian American Organizations (CIAO) for twenty years.   The oldest of six children raised in a family of teachers and firefighters, Cathy grew up understanding the importance of taking care of others, building a team and working together to overcome hurdles and achieve success. As a Daily News, Staten Island Advance and New York Post All-Star high school athlete in basketball and softball, Cathy graduated 7th in her class with International Baccalaureate honors from Curtis High School in Staten Island.  As a two-sport, full-scholarship Division I athlete at Wagner College in Staten Island, she was selected Student Athlete of the Year, served as Editor of the Wagnerian college newspaper and graduated cum laude. She received a Masters in Public Administration at the Robert Wagner School of Public Service at NYU and a doctorate in educational administration from the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University.
Dr. Guerriero lives with her husband, Anthony Vincent Bova, and daughter Annarose on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Tish James
Letitia “Tish” James is a lifelong Brooklyn resident and member of the New York City Council, representing the 35th District representing Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, parts of Crown Heights, Prospect Heights and Bed Stuy. She is the Co-Chair of the Council’s Brooklyn delegation.
Tish began her career as a public defender for the Legal Aid Society and represented countless young individuals in the criminal justice system. In the administration of former NYS Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, she was appointed the first Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Brooklyn Regional Office. In that position, she resolved hundreds of consumer complaints and investigated predatory lenders who prey on first-time homebuyers. She assisted the Civil Rights Bureau in their investigation of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy and cracked down on firms engaged in deceptive business practices including violations of human rights, environmental laws, and immigration scams.
She currently serves as Chair of the Sanitation Committee, where in 2010 she pushed-through a revolutionary recycling package that included expanding plastic recycling, a new clothing and textile recycling program, and improved public space recycling - the first significant expansion of the City’s residential recycling program since it was created in 1989. In 2011, Council Member James held a record number of Council and borough-focused hearings to address the City’s response to the December 2010 snow blizzard.
While on the Council, James introduced the Safe Housing Act, which became City law in 2007, which ensured that thousands of families in rental buildings receive prompt and full repairs to their apartments and represented a $50 million investment in housing code reform.  James was considered an early whistleblower of the Office of Payroll Administration’s CityTime contracts.
During her time in the New York City Council, James has served as Chair of the Contracts Committee, to strengthen the power of small businesses and expand MWBE programs. 
 Council Member James has been outspoken critic of Brooklyn’s “Atlantic Yards” development project, and proposed an alternate plan for development that is more inclusive to the community— affordable housing, better food access, and recreational access. Furthermore, she opposed the use of eminent domain to evict residents, as well as the “closed-door” bureaucracy that included selling the property below market value. 
In 2011, James led the successful citywide movement to remove a culturally offensive, anti-choice poster that read “The Most Dangerous Place for an African American Is The Womb”. She was also a contributor to the documentary “The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till” following her introduction of a City Council resolution to reopen Till’s murder case.
James is a graduate of New York City public schools and CUNY’s Lehman College, and Howard University School of Law.    
Reshma Saujani

Reshma is the Indian-American daughter of immigrants who were forced to flee their home in Uganda under threat of violence from the dictator Idi Amin.  She attended public schools and graduated from the University of Illinois, speaking at her graduation and earning the highest academic honors.  After interning at the White House Office of Public Liaison under President Clinton, Reshma went on to earn a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and graduate from Yale Law School, where she worked as a research assistant for Civil Rights judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr.

Reshma then worked as a litigator at the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, where her work included pro-bono asylum cases, representing some of New York City’s most vulnerable defendants.  She also worked as a lawyer in the financial services sector, and became increasingly active in Democratic politics.  Reshma founded South Asians for Kerry (SAKI) to activate the South Asian community, and served as co-chair of the DNC’s Trailblazers program, the under-40 fundraising effort to elect Democratic candidates across the country.  In 2008, Reshma served on the National Finance Board for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, and served as Vice Chair of the delegation at the Democratic National Convention.    
In 2009, Reshma became the first South Asian woman to run for United States Congress, devoting herself fulltime to a career in public service, campaigning across New York’s 14th District.  After the election, Reshma was appointed a Deputy Public Advocate of New York City, where she served as Executive Director of the Fund for Public Advocacy.  In this role, Reshma created the DREAM Fellowship to enable undocumented immigrant students to pursue higher education.
Most recently, Reshma launched the non-profit organization Girls Who Code, which is teaching teenage girls from all five boroughs of New York City the skills to get high-paying jobs in technology.  Reshma brought together leaders from the tech industry including Twitter, Google, eBay, and General Electric with computer science experts and teachers to build a pipeline of engineering talent in New York City.  She is the author of a new book on female leadership called “Women Who Don’t Wait in Line,” which will be published by Amazon Publishing in 2013.

Reshma lives in Chelsea with her husband, Nihal Mehta, a tech entrepreneur, and their dog, Stanley.
Daniel Squadron
First elected to the State Senate in November 2008 at the age of 28, Daniel Squadron unseated a 30-year incumbent in a grassroots campaign for change.  He is currently serving his third term representing New York's 26th Senate District, which includes parts of Brooklyn and lower Manhattan.
As the former chair of the State Senate’s Social Services Committee, Senator Squadron successfully fought to expand critical programs like summer youth employment, settlement houses, and Nurse-Family Partnership, a proven home visitation program for vulnerable first-time mothers and their infants. He negotiated an end to the City’s counterproductive policy of charging rent to families in homeless shelters, and he has been a leader in the fight against domestic violence.
Squadron is the prime sponsor of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which would prohibit discrimination against transgender New Yorkers.  A leader in the fight for affordable housing, Senator Squadron sponsored the law to bring over $1 billion in federal funds into New York City's public housing, and has worked to secure key rent reforms, including his provision to curb a loophole that allowed individual apartment improvements to be used to take apartments out of stabilization.
Squadron has prioritized public transit and safety.  He worked with the MTA to create the first-of-their-kind subway Full Line Reviews, leading to improved frequency, reliability, and cleanliness on the F and L lines; the agency recently agreed to also review the G train.  He passed legislation to create the first-ever permit system for inter-city buses. His "Hayley and Diego's Law" now cracks down on careless driving, and his Delancey Street Safety Working Group led to significant safety improvement along one of the city's most dangerous corridors.
Squadron is a strong believer in the importance of parks and open space for all communities. He has moved forward his idea for a Harbor Park -- a central park for the center of our city.  In 2012, Senator Squadron received the highest environmental score in the Senate from Environmental Advocates of New York. He has helped lead the campaign to ban hydrofracking in our state and move forward key clean energy and climate change legislation.
Prior to joining the State Senate, Senator Squadron served as a top aide to U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer and, together with Senator Schumer, co-authored "Positively American: Winning Back the Middle Class Majority One Family at a Time." 
Daniel is a graduate of Yale University. A lifelong New Yorker, he lives with his wife, Liz, and their son in Brooklyn.