State Sen. Daniel Squadron has been moving steadily toward a run for the city’s Public Advocate job, and his actions in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy reinforce his interest in the post.
Last week he threw a fundraiser attended by 125 people, including host committee member Jonathan Soros, but Squadron has spent much of his energy mobilizing hundreds of people to deliver food, water, and supplies to residents affected by Hurricane Sandy’s devastation.
“What really stands out to me after Sandy is the volunteer response from tens of thousands of New Yorkers,” he said. “What that says to me is that people are ready and willing to become more engaged in their communities but need the tools to do so.”
That advocacy work will likely mirror what he expects to do in the citywide office, if he declares for it. So far, he said the hurricane has served as a “stark reminder of the importance of local government,” adding, “What excites me about running for Public Advocate is that it’s the perfect job to ensure that every voice is heard in city government, and to really organize people to make a difference on the issues and causes they care about.”