WHAT'S A REAL PUBLIC ADVOCATE?
I don't want to be Mayor.
I'm not using this office as a stepping stone. You can't run for Mayor and do the job of the Public Advocate. I don't need to cozy up to real estate developers, bankers or party bosses to build a campaign war chest.
I'll give voice to New Yorkers who aren't powerful. I'll be an advocate for working New Yorkers, homeless kids, NYCHA residents, small business owners, people with disabilities, CUNY students and homeowners in Queens and Staten Island - The very people who cast 92,000 votes for me in the Democratic primary because they know they need someone who will fight for them at City Hall.
How did a first-time candidate with no money or name recognition running against a popular incumbent get almost 100,000 votes? I spoke THE TRUTH. And that's exactly what I'll do as a REAL Public Advocate.
EISENBACH ON THE ISSUES
EISENBACH ON FIGHTING PAY-TO_PLAY CORRUPTION
EISENBACH DEBATES TUCKER CARLSON ABOUT ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ AND ICE
WHY THE SMALL BUSINESS CRISIS MATTERS TO ALL NEW YORKERS
WHO IS DAVID EISENBACH?
David Eisenbach earned a PhD in American history in 2006 from Columbia University where he now teaches courses on the US presidency, LGBT history and great works of literature and political philosophy.
He is an award-winning author of three books. His first book Gay Power: An American Revolution won the 2007 Stonewall Honor Book award from The American Library Association and the Lambda Literary Foundation named it a finalist for the LGBT Studies Award.
He has worked on many shows for the History Channel including as the host, writer and producer of '10 Things You Don’t Know About.'
David received over 92,000 votes in the 2017 Democratic Primary race for Public Advocate. After the election he founded a citywide coalition of small business activists called Friends of SBJSA dedicated to passing the Small Business Jobs Survival Act.
CLEAN UP CITY HALL
Big Real Estate has used Pay-to-Play corruption to control the Democratic establishment. As a result we see up-zoning and hyper-gentrification of neighborhoods. Record displacement and
homelessness. High Rent Blight - the worst small business crisis since the Great Depression.
The Public Advocate's office was created in 1993 to be a check on the mayor and city council, but has failed miserably. After investigating de Blasio's Pay-To-Play schemes, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office said “The transactions appear contrary to the intent and spirit of the laws that impose candidate contribution limits, laws which are meant to prevent ‘corruption and the appearance of corruption’ in the campaign financing process.” You can’t take one position in front of the public and another in behind-the-scenes deals with real estate developers who are funding your campaigns and super PACs.
New Yorkers, like all Americans, are tired of the Pay-To-Play system that has infected and corrupted this administration. The whole point of the Public Advocate’s office is to Rock-The-Boat—not to play along. I'll call out anyone out who doesn't do the right thing and every day I'll work to CLEAN UP CITY HALL.
WE MUST KNOW HISTORY TO MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS FOR THE FUTURE
ISSUES WE FACE
PROTECT SMALL BUSINESS
Small Business built NYC - not Wall Street, not Big Real Estate developers. Without a thriving small business environment the city we love disappears, our fiscal health declines and the American dream dies.
As the founder of Friends of SBJSA Ive been a public voice for small business. As Public Advocate I'll push for the Small Business Jobs Survival Act that gives rights to all commercial tenants to a 10 year lease and creates a system of arbitration to stop the High Rent Blight. Small business is the past, present and future of NYC.
STOP BIG REAL ESTATE GIVEAWAYS
I had high hopes for the Mayor but homelessness, wealth disparity, displacement and the affordablity crisis have gotten worse under his watch.
De Blasio's Trickle Down housing policy is not working. When you build mostly luxury apartments you get displacement, rent increases, and empty apartments.
I'm not against all development, I'm against poorly thought out development that displaces longtime residents, overwhelms infrastructure including schools, destroys historic landmarks and disturbs the spacial integrity and cultural fabric of neighborhoods.
The de Blasio solution to the affordable housing crisis is to allow developers to build massive towers in return for a tiny number of affordable units. Community concerns get ignored. History and culture get lost. We give away parks and green spaces like Elizabeth Street Garden. We loose libraries like Inwood Library, hospitals like Beth Israel and St Vincent's, and other public buildings like the Bedford Armory. Meanwhile, real estate developers laugh all the way to the bank.
As Public Advocate, I will side with the communities over the developers.