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We try not to get too political around here, but our subject matter does end up being inextricably intertwined with local politics. So it was with interest that we attended an event hosted in Clinton Hill last night to introduce one of the three candidates for Public Advocate, Andrew Rasiej. The foundation of Rasiej’s platform, and for much of his business and public service success over the past decade, is technology. After a successful stint as the founder of Irving Plaza and the web site eMusicLive, Rasiej founded the non-profit MOUSE (Making Opportunities for Upgrading Schools and Education) which is currently supporting 89,000 students and 6,000 teachers/administrators in 100 schools while saving the city over $1.2 million per year. His call for citywide wireless internet access is part of a larger emphasis on ensuring greater transparency in the local political process. (Bloomberg’s strong-arming of the Ratner proposal had Rasiej particularly miffed.) He also sees technology as key to addressing many issues of public safety, which we couldn’t agree with more. Anyway, we thought he was an extremely impressive, no-b.s. guy who is much more likely to make the office of Public Advocate a meaningful position in New York City government. After all, how many of you can name one thing Betsy Gotbaum has done for you lately?
The Story [Advocates for Rasiej]