By COLlive reporter
A Crown Heights fundraiser was held last week for City Councilwoman Letitia James (D-Fort Greene-Clinton Hill), who is a candidate for public advocate.
It was hosted by Zaki Tamir, Chairman of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council (CHJCC), who emphasized it was a private event and on behalf of the government-funded non-profit community board.
Is she wins, her jurisdiction will cover all 5 boroughs of New York City. Public Advocate is first in line to succeed the Mayor and serves as a direct link between the electorate and city government, effectively acting as an ombudsman, or “watchdog,” for New Yorkers.
“Ms. James has been a very good friend to our community with funding and support of the CHJCC, Shalom Center and other social service organizations,” Tamir told friends and supporters gathered in his home.
“She has been by our side when the community asked for her support and influence,” said Tamir, an attorney. “On a personal level I haven’t seen a more dedicated and sincere politician and I certainly haven’t met a more qualified person for the position of City Advocate.”
Ms. James, known to her friends and supporters as “Tish,” was informed that “Tish” means table in Yiddish. Ms. James quickly responded, “if so, I have a new slogan: If you have an issue bring it to the Tish.”