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New York, New York , United States
|| March 15, 1945
Feb 16, 2013 11:48pm
Jewish - Very Liberal - Government Reform - Health Care Reform - Jobs/Industrial Growth - Pro Environment - Married - Straight -
|Info||Mark J. Green is a public interest author and lawyer and a Democratic politician who lives in New York City. He is probably best known for several high profile but unsuccessful campaigns in New York City and state, most notable of which was his run as the 2001 Democratic candidate for Mayor of New York against Republican novice Michael Bloomberg. He has written several books, including Who Runs Congress? (1972) and Selling Out: How Big Corporate Money Buys Elections, Rams through Legislation, and Betrays Our Democracy (2002). He has collaborated on published works several times with consumer advocate Ralph Nader. He was a regular guest on the show Crossfire on CNN, and also appears on the show Firing Line on PBS and Inside City Hall on NY1, usually representing the "liberal" point of view. |
Green was born March 15, 1945, in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Great Neck South High School in Great Neck, New York, in 1963; from Cornell University in 1967; and from Harvard Law School in 1970, where he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.
Green has been married to Deni Frand, a former director of the New York City office of liberal interest group People for the American Way, since 1977. They have two children, Jenya and Jonah. Green's brother is the wealthy, influential real estate developer Stephen L. Green.
During the 1970s, Green worked as one of "Nader's Raiders" at Ralph Nader's Public Citizen, including working on a suit against the administration of Richard M. Nixon. In 1981, he founded the New Democracy Project, a public policy institute in New York City, which he ran for several years. In 1986 he ran as the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat from New York held by Alfonse D'Amato, who defeated Green and won re-election.
From 1990 to 1993, he served as Consumer Affairs Commissioner of New York City. He was elected the first Public Advocate of New York City in 1993 and was re-elected in 1997. In that office, Green led investigations of HMOs, hospitals, and nursing homes which led to fines by the New York State Attorney General. A 1994 investigation on the Bell Regulations ("Libby Zion Law") -- limiting resident working hours and requiring physician supervision -- and follow-up study prompted the New York State Department of Health to crack down on violating hospitals.
One of Green's most high profile accomplishments as Public Advocate was a lawsuit against the unpunished racial profiling in Rudy Giuliani's police force. As Green told The Gotham Gazette, "I sued Mayor Giuliani because he was in deep denial about racial profiling and police misconduct that went unpunished. I won my lawsuit, I released an investigation showing a pattern of unpunished misconduct ... [and] the rate that police with substantiated complaints are punished went from 25 percent, up to 75 percent." Green was one of the first politicians to draw attention to this problem, and for this and other accomplishments in this area he was, until 2001, one of the most popular white politicans among New York City African-Americans.
Green ran for Mayor of New York as the Democratic candidate in 2001, but lost to Michael Bloomberg. Green narrowly defeated Fernando Ferrer in the primary and was roundly criticized for the actions of supporters that were construed as racist, involving literature with New York Post caricatures of Ferrer and Al Sharpton distributed in white enclaves of Brooklyn. Many analysts believe this reduced minority turnout in the general election and helped the Republican candidate win in an overwhelmingly Democratic city. In the weeks after the Sharpton controversy, Village Voice columnist Peter Noel wrote that "Mark Green ... may have replaced [Giuliani] as the most hated white man in the African American community," an ironic twist for someone who had been so popular in that community for so long. The September 11th attacks occurred on the morning of the Democratic primary and also contributed to Green's loss, since the media barely covered the subsequent general election, and the hugely popular "Mayor of America" stumped for Bloomberg.
Green was the co-chair of the New York wing of John Kerry's failed Presidential campaign in 2004.
Green is running in the Democratic primary for New York State Attorney General in 2006.
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