NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson To Become Acting Public Advocate

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2018 has been a good year for Corey Johnson.

At the very start of the year, Johnson swore into the position of the Speaker of New York City Council. This position happens to be the second most powerful elected office role in the city. Johnson, who is openly gay, is the first person living with HIV to be elected into the position as well.

“We believe in New York where no one is targeted simply because of who they are — Muslim New Yorkers, immigrants, the undocumented, African Americans, Jewish New Yorkers, transgender New Yorkers,” said Corey in a speech he gave after the vote. “We must reject hate in all its forms and stand united against bigotry and racism.”

Then in September, Johnson posted a thread of emotional and heartfelt tweets on the anniversary of his HIV diagnosis.

Now at year end, Johnson is leaving 2018 on a funny but strong note as he tweeted out a video of himself singing the theme song to Full House with a friend.

Meanwhile, Johnson is about to take on another powerful political role.

Johnson is about to become the acting public advocate starting January 1. He’ll hold both positions until February 26, when a special election will take place to replace Letitia James who was elected as state attorney general in November. Then, someone like Daniel O’Donnell will take over the position.

Johnson won’t let the dual-positions go by unused however. According to the New York Times, Corey Johnson has a plan to use the two roles until the end of February.

As the New York Times writes:

“Donning his public advocate hat, he plans to call attention to the performance of the city’s 311 complaint line by releasing data about response times at various city agencies, and the number of calls it takes to get a problem corrected. Then, as City Council speaker, he will hold hearings about the 311 data.”

“He said he plans to add interactive maps, created by the Council’s data team, to the public advocate’s website to help pair students with schools. He has scheduled a survey of subway riders — online and in person — and will be making appearances at train stations in all five boroughs to query passengers over five days in January.”

Congratulations on the wonderful 2018 had by Corey Johnson. We can’t wait to see how 2019 goes for you.

h/t: New York Times

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