Meet Leticia James, the first African-American woman elected to a city-wide office position in New York City. She received her B.A. from City University of New York’s Lehman College in 1981. She graduated from the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. and was admitted to practice law in New York state in 1989. She is attending Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs for a degree in Master of Public Administration. In New York City, the Public Advocate position is one which serves as an ombudsman between the electorate and the city government and is first in line to succeed the mayor. Newly elected NYC Mayor de Blasio was the previous NYC PA.
Ms James was sworn in on Wednesday, in her speech, she condemned “a gilded age of inequality” that grew under de Blasio’s predecessor, Michael Bloomberg. An 11-year-old homeless girl named Dasani Coates, who was recently profiled in The New York Times, held the Bible during James’ swearing in.