NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to get rid of the citywide office that acts as City Hall’s ombudsman. The billionaire mayor told the Staten Island Advance editorial board that the office is a waste of money. He says it’s unnecessary because City Hall already has an “aggressive enough” press corps. Candidates for the office, which is second in line to the mayor, slammed his idea.Democrat Bill de Blasio said Bloomberg can’t change the rules to suit his political needs and get rid of the one citywide office that is a check on mayoral power.
Republican Alex Zablocki says eliminating the position will end a checks and balances system that the city truly needs.
The public advocate’s budget has been cut to just $1.8 million.