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2019 NYC Public Advocate Special Election

VOTE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2019! Polls are open from 6:00AM – 9:00PM.

What does the Public Advocate do? They serve as an independent guardian for the rights of New Yorkers.

Why is the Public Advocate important for animals? They have the power to introduce and sponsor animal rights legislation. A great example of the importance of this position is former Public Advocate Leticia James who was instrumental in getting the City Council to pass legislation banning exotic animals from the circus.

Who are the animal-friendly candidates? Check out the candidates’ responses to our questionnaire HERE, and decide who you think is the best candidate for New York’s animals! We evaluated all candidates based on their responses to our questionnaire and support of our animal rights legislative agenda. We are thrilled that 10 of the 16 candidates pledged to support all of our priority issues. Those candidates are:

  • Former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito
  • Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez
  • Council Member Jumaane Williams
  • Council Member Rafael Espinal
  • Council Member Eric Ulrich
  • Assembly Member Danny O’Donnell
  • Assembly Member Michael Blake
  • State Committee Member Benjamin Yee
  • Nomiki Konst
  • David Eisenbach

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