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Cost of NYC election far exceeds post's budget

October 1, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The runoff election for New York City public advocate will cost $13 million, far more than the position's annual budget.

The public advocate is the city's elected watchdog and is next in line to the mayor. But it has just a $2.1 million budget and holds little real power.

By law, a runoff between the primary's top two finishers is triggered when no candidate eclipses 40 percent of the vote. The runoff's high cost, coupled with expected low turnout, has sparked calls for reform.

Tuesday's two Democratic candidates, City Councilwoman Letitia James and State Senator Daniel Squadron, have similarly liberal platforms, including the need for school reform and increased police oversight.

The current public advocate, Bill de Blasio, is the Democratic nominee for mayor. He declined to endorse a successor.



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