For Tony Herbert, the Office of Public Advocate is not a political stepping stone or a position of power, it is a calling. For the past decade, Tony has been the voice that our marginalized communities have come to rely on. At every turn, at every injustice, Tony Herbert has shown up for our city. He is unafraid to speak truth to power and do the hard work of advocating for anyone and everyone. Give TONY HERBERT your vote, and he will give you his voice. Tony Herbert, the peoples’ choice for PUBLIC ADVOCATE.
The NYC Public Advocate is a trustee of the third largest publicly managed pension fund in the nation. The New York City Employees Retirement System (NYCERS) oversees $224 billion in taxpayer dollars, carrying the future of our city’s workforce. As your Public Advocate, Tony Herbert will not take this opportunity lightly. With over two decades of experience in small business formation, advocacy work for our restaurants, and work in the public sector, Tony knows the importance of having a secure future for working families. Tony Herbert’s appointment to the NYCERS board will be made with the future of our city and its workers in mind. Furthermore, he will advocate for creative financing solutions that invests in our capital needs and workforce. We cannot afford any less.
Tony Herbert believes all New Yorkers deserve to live with dignity. As Public Advocate, he will work to transform our city’s vision for a truly affordable housing market. Through his seat on the City Planning Commission, he will fight to end carte blanche tax incentive giveaways to developers who aren’t committed to inclusionary affordable housing. He will also join the fight to legalize accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and change zoning laws to allow for more affordable units around the city.
Tony Herbert believes difficult problems demand creative solutions. As a trustee of NYCERS, he will advocate the investment of city managed funds into a stable long-term investment, the City’s housing market. Furthermore, he will demand an end to the for-profit homelessness industry. Instead of profiting off the backs of our most vulnerable, all service providers that contract with the city should have a mission driven goal to invest dollars back into ending the homelessness crisis. Tony is also a strong advocate for raising the cap on SCRIE and DRIE so more working families can afford to stay in their homes.
Healing our city begins with ensuring that every New Yorker feels safe in their own homes. Violent crimes are on the rise, our public transportation system is becoming a lawless place and assaults against women are skyrocketing. Our current leadership has stayed silent on this issue, opting rather to bash our law enforcement community.
Tony Herbert knows that keeping our community safe and accountability in the NYPD are not mutually exclusive ideas. Tony will continue to call for justice and safety, as he has done for the past decade when violence troubles our neighborhoods. Tony will continue to direct his energy and resources towards programs that get guns off our streets. And Tony will stand with black and brown communities to demand equitable treatment at the hands of law enforcement.
As your public advocate, you can count on Tony Herbert to bring common sense back to the conversation of criminal justice. He will not call on defunding the police, rather he will seek to build bridges between the NYPD and communities. He will defend our citizens’ first amendment rights to protest safely, and increase mutual understanding between law enforcement and communities of color. By restoring common sense and understanding to this pressing need, Tony Herbert will help to heal a broken city.