Jan. 18, 2019 By Meghan Sackman
The community is invited to an open forum in Jackson Heights later this month to hear from the candidates who are vying to be Public Advocate–to fill the position that Letitia James vacated to become the state Attorney General.
The forum, which will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights at 37-06 77th St., will provide each candidate with five minutes to speak, and be followed by a question and answer period.
Ten candidates have already confirmed their attendance, including Councilmembers Jumaane Williams and Rafael Espinal Jr; former council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito; and Assemblymember Ron Kim.
The event is being billed as a meet the candidates night.
“This forum is an opportunity for our community to hear from the candidates directly in order to make an informed decision at the polls as to who is the best choice for the job,” said Shekar Krishnan, who is the leader of New Visions Democratic Club, a co-organizer. “We’re looking forward to a great and robust discussion.”
The event is being put together by the JFK Democratic Club, the Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens (LGDCQ), and New Visions Democratic Club—in collaboration with Councilmember Daniel Dromm.
Approximately 20 candidates have put their names forward to take over the role of public advocate, a position that includes investigating citywide complaints, presiding over City Council meetings, and being next in line of succession should something happen to the mayor.
The special election is scheduled take place on Feb. 26. The winner will serve for nine months and will then have to run again to secure a full four-year term.