Letitia A. “Tish” James is the 4th and current New York City Public Advocate and an American lawyer, activist and politician in the Democratic Party. She previously served as a member of the New York City Council, representing Brooklyn’s 35th Council District, which includes the neighborhoods of Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, parts of Crown Heights, Prospect Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant. She chaired the Economic Development and Sanitation Committees, and serves on the committees for Parks & Recreation, Small Business, Technology in Government, Veteran Affairs, and Women’s Issues.
In 2013, James ran for New York City Public Advocate and received 36% of the vote in the first Democratic primary, under the 40% threshold to avoid a runoff election.However, James won the Democratic runoff on October 1, 2013 against second-place finisher Daniel Squadron, 59%–41%, becoming the party’s nominee for the city’s elected watchdog in November without a Republican opponent, and subsequently winning the general election with over 83% of the vote.
In the 2013 election campaign for Public Advocate, James has been endorsed by many of the city’s important labor unions, NOW, Planned Parenthood, Democracy for NYC, League of Conservation Voters, James accomplished her first place finish in spite of her campaign trailing Daniel Squadron’s and Reshma Saujani’s, in fundraising. She was endorsed by third-place finisher Saujani on September 17 and subsequently won the run-off. In the general election in November 2013 she won with 83.55% of the vote (78.02% on the Democratic Party line and 5.53% on the Working Families Party line) with no Republican opponent.
World Liberty TV, Political team was on hand to witness Letitia A. “Tish” James ,4th Public Advocate of New York City Sworn by Reverend Anthony L.Trufant, Senior Pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Brooklyn NY.