Most recently, new CEO MaryAnne Gilmartin contributed $200 to Squadron's candidacy on July 29, according to campaign finance records. In January, deputy Ashley Cotton gave Squadron $400.
Surely Forest City and its executives do not want to see 35th District Council Member Letitia (Tish) James, the leading opponent of Atlantic Yards, elevated to a citywide office.
Squadron, a state Senator who formerly worked for Sen. Chuck Schumer, has the most money among the four candidates and thus the best chance to use that to establish name recognition in a very fluid race. James has many labor endorsements.
In late June, a poll showed James with 17% of the vote, professor Cathy Guerriero with 16%, Squadron with 8%, and former Deputy Public Advocate Reshma Saujani with 4%, but with 54% undecided.
The first Public Advocate debate is tonight at 7 pm.