Definition of public advocate in English:

public advocate


  • An official elected or appointed to advance the interests of the public, especially by investigating complaints concerning public authorities.

    • ‘To make the primary ballot in September, candidates for citywide office - mayor, comptroller and public advocate - must collect at least 3,750 signatures from registered voters from their political party by Thursday.’
    • ‘The New York City public advocate plans to propose legislation that would establish a hotline where workers could anonymously report wage theft.’
    • ‘According to the Campaign Finance Board, only one candidate has officially declared to run for public advocate.’
    • ‘The president is expected to back the creation of an independent public advocate on the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.’
    • ‘New York City's public advocates probe the performance of city agencies.’
    • ‘Some judges have questioned whether a public advocate would have legal standing.’
    • ‘The public advocate is also planning a lawsuit to block the expansion of some charter schools.’
    • ‘"The job of public advocate is to be a paid complainer," one insider said.’
    • ‘In his role as public advocate, he has been a crusader against proactive police tactics that have been widely credited with transforming New York into the safest big city in the country.’