Public advocate runoff that cost NYC taxpayers $13M decided tonight

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Since there is no Republican candidate for NYC public advocate, today’s vote will decide the winner.

Both candidates – Sen. Daniel Squadron and City Council member Letitia James — have vowed to try to get instant runoff voting legislation passed.

Public Advocate Thumb Squadron James

The race for New York City public advocate is likely to draw a very low turnout.

Neither candidate received more than 40 percent of the vote.

Today’s runoff election will cost a whopping $13 million for taxpayers.  Meanwhile, the budget for the public advocate office is $2.3 million a year.