Where do NYC Public Advocate Candidates Stand on Environmental Issues?

A special election for NYC Public Advocate will occur on February 26th because the seat was vacated when Letitia James took office as NY Attorney General in January. Seventeen candidates are on the ballot.

Polls are open from 6am-9pm. You can locate your polling place here.

As part of our mission to educate, engage and empower New Yorkers to be effective advocates for the environment, NYLCVEF held an environmental candidate forum for this race last month. Candidates discussed their positions on a wide range of environmental and sustainability issues including lead poisoning prevention, recycling, congestion pricing, and how the City can meet its 80 by 50 climate goals. You can read a recap of the forum here and watch the full video here.

NYLCV also reviewed candidates’ records and solicited answers to an environmental questionnaire as part of its endorsement process. Out of the 17 candidates in the race, eight submitted responses. While NYLCV has decided not to make an endorsement in this race, you may click on the candidates’ names below to see their responses, in their own words, to NYLCV’s questionnaire concerning environmental issues facing NYC.

Michael Blake

Rafael Espinal

Ron Kim

Nomiki Konst

Melissa Mark-Viverito

Dawn Smalls

Eric Ulrich

Jumaane Williams

This is part of our work to ensure that voters have reliable information about sustainability issues impacting their community. This special election presents an opportunity to send a message that you want a Public Advocate who reflects your environmental values. It is important to make your voice heard at the polls next Tuesday. We encourage all New Yorkers to hold whoever is elected accountable to their promises on climate change, public health, and other environmental issues.

We ask that you join us in voting for the environment this special election.