Statement by Tony Herbert, Community Activist and Candidate for Public Advocate on the City Council’s bill to abolish the Public Advocate’s Office
Brooklyn, NY: Community Activist and candidate for Public Advocate, Tony Herbert issued the following statement in response to Council Members Yeger, Torres, Gjonaj and Diaz Sr. bill that would abolish the office.
Said Herbert, “The fact that these City Council Members are moving to abolish the office is the very reason why the people need a Public Advocate. For years the nearly half million people living in public housing have been living without basic services such as working elevators, running waters, toilets that flush and much worse. For years I have been fighting to get attention on the matter and for years the City Council and the Mayor have ignored our cries. The condition of public housing is only one of our big problems. New Yorkers battle everyday with subways that don’t work, buses stuck in traffic jams, insane property taxes and water bills, and an overpowering homeless population born from an underserved mental health and drug addicted population.”
With a nearly $90 Billion budget, the claim that they want to eliminate the office of Public Advocate – the people’s watchdog – to save several million dollars sounds a bit fishy to me. “When the New York City Council can deliver a safe, affordable New York free of homelessness, drug addiction, child abuse and dilapidated public housing, only then can we begin discussing the abolition of the Public Advocate’s office. Until then, I suggest they get to work on fixing this city for their constituents instead of engaging in folly.”
Herbert is calling on New Yorkers to call their City Council Members to express their dissatisfaction.