Letitia Tish James’ Win in New York Says About Progressive Power

Letitia Tish James
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Letitia "Tish" James, Public Advocate for the City of New York, speaks to dozens of writers, journalists, labor activists and DNAinfo and Gothamist employees during an afternoon rally at City Hall Park hosted by the Writers Guild of America to support the journalists and other staff members who lost their jobs at the publications after they voted to form a union on November 6, 2017 in New York City. Last Thursday, local New York news websites Gothamist and DNAinfo were abruptly shut down by their billionaire owner Joe Ricketts just a week after company employees successfully unionized. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

When Letitia Tish James was first sworn as New York City’s public advocate in January 2014, she scandalized the city’s political and media elites by ― the horror! ― daring to criticize outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg in her speech.

Remaining nearby Dasani Coates, a youthful destitute young lady whose hardships had as of late been chronicled by The New York Times, James denounced the city’s “feeble destitute sanctuaries” in the “shadow of sparkling multimillion-dollar apartment suites.” Bloomberg, who was in participation, survived the experience with open feedback; he took off to a fourteen day get-away in Hawaii and New Zealand presently.

James disregarded the pearl grasping and over four years in office ― she was re-chosen in 2017 ― transformed general society backer’s office into a fearsome bulldog for New York’s most defenseless inhabitants. An April 2017 profile of James on New York news outlet City and State acknowledges her for giving the workplace “a few teeth.”

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