By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
State Sen. Daniel Squadron is calling it a game changer in his quest to become the city’s next public advocate. US Senator Charles Schumer recently announced that he’s backing Squadron in the contest, a move the state senator is hoping can make a big difference in the campaign.
Squadron (D-Brooklyn Heights) is running in a crowded field of candidates for the job currently held by Bill de Blasio, who is term-limited and a mayoral candidate. Squadron is fighting it out with Councilwoman Letitia James (D-Clinton Hill-Fort Greene), former deputy public advocate Reshma Saujani, college professor Cathy Guerriero, and Sidique Wai, a community relations specialist for the New York Police Department for the Democratic Party’s nomination. The primary is in September.
"Daniel has a proven record of getting results for everyday New Yorkers,” Schumer said in his endorsement announcement. “From passing landmark new gun laws to rolling up his sleeves to help New Yorkers impacted by Sandy, he knows how to deliver,” New York’s senior senator said.
“Daniel is the best choice for Public Advocate and he'll be an enormously effective force for children, seniors, and families who need a voice,” Schumer added.
Squadron, seeking to break out of the pack of candidates, was delighted with the endorsement.
“No one knows more about fighting for middle-class New Yorkers than Chuck Schumer. His support will make a huge difference for our campaign," Squadron said.
Lauren Popper Ellis, Squadron’s campaign manager, said Schumer’s endorsement is important. “According to the most recent Marist Poll, Schumer is the most popular elected official in the city and state of New York. When Senator Schumer speaks, voters listen,” Ellis said.
The post of public advocate was created in by a change in the City Charter 1994. Only three people have held the job to date - Betsy Gotbaum, Mark Green, and Bill de Blasio.