With only a few days left before the public advocate runoff, the biggest question in the race seems to be: do you feel comfortable with Mark Green because he's already had the job or would you rather just see him go away like he promised three years ago? Green and Bill de Blasio are tied in the polls at 46 percent going into Tuesday's contest, expected to get miniscule turnout after only ten percent of Dems turned out for last week's primary.
The Times has individual profiles and a questionnaire for both candidates today. Green says as advocate he would complain about "idling cars polluting our environment," while de Blasio cites "broken street lamps." The Brooklyn City Councilman says his favorite spot in the city is Prospect Park, while Green selects the more high-profile Union Square.
De Blasio seems to count on Green rubbing voters the wrong way as he has in numerous elections past. He tells the Times, "There’s something bigger than your own ego and your own voice. I don’t always need to be in front of the cameras.” But Green is still not afraid to let the ego flash, saying of his time as advocate, "I think it was a very active, vigorous office, and one that really did act as a check and a counterpoint on the mayor.”