The Public Advocate is an independently elected citywide official, next in line to the Mayor, who is your ombudsman to cut through government red tape.
The Public Advocate is a Trustee on New York City‘s largest retirement system, with over $40 billion in assets; he holds one of six full votes.
On November 3rd, 2009, Bill de Blasio was elected New York City’s third Public Advocate. For the prior eight years, de Blasio served in the New York City Council where he fought to make City Hall more responsive and accountable to New Yorkers.
Bill de Blasio began his work in New York City government as an aide to Mayor David Dinkins. During the Clinton Administration, de Blasio was appointed Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he served under formerSecretary Andrew Cuomo. In 1999, de Blasio was elected to the School Board for District 15 in Brooklyn. In 2000, he managed Hillary Rodham Clinton's successful campaign for U.S. Senate. The following year, de Blasio was elected to the New York City Council where he represented District 39 in Brooklyn for eight years.
In the City Council Bill de Blasio, has fought to improve and protect public education and child care. In the spring of 2008, de Blasio organized a successful coalition of elected officials, parents, students, and advocates to win back millions of dollars in classroom funding slated for cuts.
De Blasio has also been a dedicated advocate for affordable housing, authoring a City law that prevents landlords from discriminating against tenants who depend on Section 8 vouchers to help pay for housing.
As the Chair of the Council's General Welfare Committee, Bill de Blasio has spent the past eight years working to protect New York City's most vulnerable populations, including children and the homeless.