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As the public out if pure again at the city council member I served in the city council member representing parts of downtown Brooklyn. It took that for 10 years where I .
I’m feud Mayor Bloomberg on the extension clinic up against some of the most powerful developers borough Brooklyn I’m up for if you think , I mean it took aim at then uncovered. It could be scandal in the city of New York known honestly time well we’ve recovered . I thank you bring in dollars . I’m Ericsson , but we have taxpayers .
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Went on a public advocate a Pacific York where here transforming I think primarily trying to generals not it turning up a hot on behalf of again individuals. The City of New York . I think well prepared to say was an extremely bitter said .
You’re so public advocate , I need to ask you. Several questions are , and let’s get the difficult ones out of the way your name emerged quickly as the front runner for this position now . According to sources quoted in the New York Post , the process was expedited because there was some sort of back room deal in return for the Assembly backing you you would back Bronx Borough President Ruben Diez to be a replacement . Could you comment on that .
Hello. By no means . In fact I don’t only leave the that candidate or a public advocate . It’s nonsense . They want to back room deal . There’s no touch that I decided to vote . I can be general because that’s because I believe standing up to powerful my it if you like , and I believe out . Yeah . Obviously someone who could focus on if that care about such as consumer fraud issues such as the discrimination and how focus upon tenants and landlords .
Like nature I as you know , I was the forefront of asking order for the termination and for here up he stepped down in the facts of this down. I don’t talk again it represents misrepresenting individuals and soon and singers who were exposed to wed .
Sure you you have said that. Speaking to power is something that you’re interested in doing independence is already a theme in this campaign would you be independent of a governor who has gone to bat for your candidacy .
Well you know I have. I’m the only candidate as far as actually you can acquire I think Governor Cuomo again I have chosen the foster care . I’ve asked of a to pass legislation in Albany all throughout my career , beginning to .
I don’t think anyone , it was at the independence and I have got. Clearly the bid by independent again so Bayer to yeah Bloomberg Governor Cuomo powerful developer in countless number of elected officials asking for it to begin with , to step down . Outside the kids the Commission IQ but like I’ve completely stood up your outfit that that up on behalf . Residents of the of the York City I’m not prepared to do the same , but the residents of Europe state .
Speaking truth to power , as I’ve always done. It’s just part of who I am , I am not a far lower I leader and that’s why I would hope that and I’m confident that the New York-New Yorkers . The state of New York was up for Letitia James as the next Attorney General .
So we did speak to a couple of candidates before you so here in the. I don’t envy them for position of basically responding to some things that they said Zephyr Teachout , told us that she’s calling on all of the AG candidates to address Jacobs conflict of interest by calling for executive director Seth that God to step down . Jake for my listeners is the Joint Committee on Public Ethics , what is your position on Jacob is an independent enough of the governor and Legislature to be trusted with looking into issues like sexual harassment .
So let me just say again : I am a leader , not a follower. And with regards to take hold . Now if you look at when I called for .
They checked chair while it’s a pipe and step down. It was as a result of a phone instigation as a result of a failure to engage in 2 classes a clear used to be if you taxpayers into Botany a whole until the legislature and so at this point I think Jacob obviously major transformation he just about it changes and they also need to make sure that at the gate complaints are being investigated in a timely fashion , but that is just not happening with respect to take off . So as opposed to just trying to places that as individual that down . I wanted to get off the mark of capital bottom that cause . I would like to the next . So the general and working with the state legislature to make sure that that happens because it requires a legislative stick .
Yeah this legislature. I mean no legislature has been very willing to create a truly independent body that would be an ethics commission that could look into them . So how would you propose to do that .
Well , let me just say that in addition to looking at takeoff and again transforming takeoff and engaging in systematic changes and having an oversight hearing with respect Jacobs we need in the state of New York ethics reform we need. Campaign finance reform . We need to get rid of the LOC loophole . Those are the types of changes that we should push forward in the state legislature and I am as a public advocate of the city of York I pass more laws . Oh then all public advocates a combined that kind of this did give you work . I look forward to working with the Legislature to make sure that there is Campaign finance reform that we closed LLC glue .
Oh , you know , there’s one fan I’m a stick that we have up here in Albany that you don’t have in New York City in that is a Senate majority of Republicans that may change after this next election. But you never know and we don’t want to count our chickens before we catch but how did well , I’m .
Pretty confident that it’s going to change.
I’m pretty sure but what it does it , how do you , how do you navigate that then.
Well , you know , I’ve worked with Republicans I in the city council , but I work with comfort there for Eric all to create the first agency dedicated to serving the interest of Patrick that the city of York I am prepared to work across the aisle. I have I Il flat . Again , we have worked with Senator Flanagan when I was a staff attorney in Albany and I’m prepared to do the same to make sure that again we could stop this cycle of elected officials , who have been convicted , you know on the left , yours or with elected .
That’s we’re aware this having covered the their trials.
And and if have become the laughing stock. Yeah . So I’ve had discussed if the good , but the number of elected officials with respect the one ethics reform campaign finance closing the LLC call and , again , strengthening the hand of cocoa .
Do we need a Moreland Commission Teachout has said she would set up one if she was elected.
Well , they don’t believe that what he felt that that’s it believe that the Allman Commissioner is still an effort.
Yes , she does.
It is not , not to leave , they order basically rescinding it’s my understanding that the moment a has the company. It’s also my at the very basic ethical about to horror that effect . There was no criminal action as a result of its trying to nation . I believe that , again at the next and it will follow the fact that the evidence whatever it will lead and we should continue to investigate public corruption . There is a public integrity unit , but in fact that Secretary General , obviously we need to strengthen its hand . We need to make sure that we investigate elected officials from the front . Elected officials in Washington and elected officials on the state level it while at the local level much a couple of integrity of couplet . I’m confident in Albany and I .
One more minute we are , I want to ask you about the the responsibilities of the office. The former edgy Eric Schneider been focused on a variety of issues from President trumps environmental management to axons possible lying to stockholders about climate change . Are you going to pursue those interests too .
We’re going to continue to pretend I was in shock. You know as the trusting of ice point the pension . If you work I , the way to buy F battle , I also went the way about this going be paler but we should not be using petrol dollars for that purpose . And I think that passes , I will continue to stand up .
On behalf of taxpayers. I will continue to defecate and if litigation I’d be have .
Your current in the area of environment here we have gun safety in area so much pride in voters right how to break issue a but I think it’s important that your listeners Pakistan that’s 70% of the work of the attorney federal is the center of the maker of and then there’s a I’m just litigation and I also advocacy and all of those things are embodied in the also a public advocate in a quite a fool by Emma what I got that all throughout my career.
We’ve been speaking with the woman , who is the early lead in the AG’s race Letitia James she’s the New York City public advocate. Thank you so much for joining us . We appreciate it .
Thank I look like they’re coming back.
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