To The Editor:
The endorsement of Reshma Saujani for Public Advocate by the Queens Democratic Party Chairman Joe Crowley was very disappointing, especially when the excellent City Council Member Leticia (Tish) James is running.
Leticia James has served as an advocate for all New Yorkers ever since she was elected ten years ago. She has been a champion of working families in New York City; fighting for affordable housing, and against the Atlantic Yards boondoggle.
James has been a strong advocate for children and public education. Saujani comes from the corporate world, while Leticia James has working class roots. Council Member James has also been a strong proponent of environmental justice and green job development since serving as Chair of the Sanitation Committee. In 2010, she pushed through a revolutionary recycling bill that included expanding plastic recycling, a new clothing and textile recycling program, and improved public space recycling. She is a graduate of New York City public schools and CUNY’s Lehman College in addition to law school.
Crowley should rethink this misguided endorsement, and support the superior qualifications of Tish James for the important city-wide position of Public Advocate.