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Lappin set to enter public advocate race

By Jason Fink

City Councilwoman Jessica Lappin may throw her hat in the ring for public advocate, a member of her staff said.

Lappin (D-Manhattan) is “strongly considering” joining a crowded field to replace Betsy Gotbaum, who does not plan to seek re-election, according to the staff member.

Also expected to run in the Democratic primary next year are Council members Eric Gioia, (D-Sunnyside); Bill de Blasio, (D-Brooklyn); John Liu, (D-Flushing); attorney Norman Siegel and Assemb. Adam Clayton Powell, (D-Manhattan).

Lappin, 33, served as chief of staff to former Council Speaker Gifford Miller before winning election in 2005. She represents the Upper East Side.

In an interview last week, before she made her intentions for higher office known, Lappin said she has spent her time in the council pushing for more park space, tightened safety regulations for construction cranes and more schools in her district.

The public advocate, a position created in 1993, presides over City Council meetings and serves as an ombudsman for city government.

It is one of two citywide elected offices expected to open up next year, as City Comptroller William Thompson plans to run for mayor.

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