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NY councilwoman wins public advocate nod from Dems

October 2, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Councilwoman Letitia James has won the city's Democratic public advocate runoff, becoming the party's nominee for the November general election.

She beat state Sen. Daniel Squadron on Tuesday in incomplete and unofficial returns, all but assuring she'll become the city's elected watchdog. Republicans didn't field a candidate.

James and Squadron were the top two finishers in the Sept. 10 primary, but neither eclipsed the 40 percent threshold that would've avoided the costly runoff.

The election was mandated by law and cost the city $13 million. The annual budget for the position is $2.1 million.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) is the Democratic nominee for mayor.



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