Public Advocate Jumaane Williams meets with community and ethnic media

Photos: Isseu Diouf Campbell

The Center for Community and Ethnic media hosted a roundtable with Public Advocate Jumaane Williams elected during a special election in February 2019 after Letitia James left the position to become NY State Attorney General.

The event took place on October 24, 2019 at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism in Manhattan.

Since his election earlier this year, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams said his office published a report on how New York City is responding to individuals experiencing mental health crisis and passed more bills than any public advocate.

Williams also explained to reporters how he came into office with a “community organizer lens” wanting to change the way government is dealing with the community.

“Government usually does things to the community,” Williams said. “We want to do things with the community.”

As a result, Williams created five Deputy Public Advocate positions “tasked with organizing and developing policy around vital issue areas in New York City.”

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams who is up for reelection will face Republican City Councilmember Joseph Borelli, and Libertarian Devin Balkin on November 5, 2019.