It’s a ridiculous race for an an absurd workplace: Whichever of the two dozen(!) candidates wins the Feb. 26 particular election for the public advocate job must begin campaigning once more actually the subsequent day.
Under the City Charter, the particular solely faucets a brief substitute. Voters “get” to elect an advocate once more in November. And, underneath payments the Legislature simply handed, petitioning will begin Feb. 26 for the June primaries.
At least it’ll be simple to do the job whereas campaigning, as the advocate has no important duties. It’s only a candy put up that may set you as much as run for mayor, so 23 people have filed to run.
Adding to the lunacy, it’s a nonpartisan election, so every of them made up a celebration title: Fix the MTA, FIX MTA & NYCHA NOW (yep, an all-caps political celebration!), No More Delays, People Over Profit, Pay People More . . . (How did nobody choose to run as the Silly Party candidate?)
Again, the advocate all the time spends his or her time angling for larger workplace. Even the appearing advocate, Speaker Corey Johnson, is utilizing the transient gig to spice up his profile with a five-borough “subway survey” tour.
It could be far cheaper (however, sigh, not authorized) to name off the $23 million particular election, and simply go away the job empty for one more 9 or so months.