Melissa Mark-Viverito

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Melissa Mark-Viverito announces public advocate bid

November 27, 2018 - 11:19 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is eyeing a political return.

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She announced on video Tuesday, that she's running for New York City Public Advocate.

"I've always used my voice to speak up and advocate for immigrants, for women, and for LGBTQ communities," she said.

Critics say she's been harsh, and at times, too honest. The former city council speaker told 1010 WINS' Glenn Schuck that she'll never change being like that and wants to be public advocate.

"Once Tish leaves January 1, the position of public advocate, there will be three white men leading the city of New York. We are 65 to 70 percent of color in this city. Women make up 52 percent of the population. We need representation, it does matter, and I think that having a woman represent is critically important," she said.

She said if elected, she plans to go head to head with big-wig democrats like Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo.

Mark-Viverito has a campaign kickoff event planned for Tuesday night at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

The office of public advocate will become vacant when Letitia James is sworn in as New York State Attorney General in January.