Mark Green, former public advocate, public interest attorney, and author, will present “It’s 2012: Who Won the Obama-GOP Battle?” on Wednesday, March 3, at 4:30 PM at Manhattan College. The lecture is sponsored by the departments of history and government and will be held at the College’s O’Malley Library, Room 100. It is free and open to the public.
A native of Brooklyn, Green is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School. During the 1970s he was one of Ralph Nader’s first “Raiders,” ran Congress Watch from 1977-1980, and founded the Democracy Project, a public policy institute, in 1981. Over the past few decades Green has been a prominent figure in New York City politics, serving as the city’s Consumer Affairs Commissioner from 1990 to 1993 and as its first Public Advocate for two terms from 1994 to 2001. In these offices Green exposed and helped break up the criminal garbage cartel; enacted the law protecting the victims of domestic violence from unjust firings; filed the Federal Trade Commission petition that led to the elimination of Joe Camel advertisements aimed at youth; and twice successfully sued Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in cases involving police misconduct and racial profiling.
The author, co-author or editor of 22 books, Green had two bestsellers: Who Runs Congress?, published in 1972 and co-written by Michael Waldman; and The Book on Bush, published in 2004 and co-written by Eric Alterman. A regular on TV and radio news talk shows, Green has made hundreds of appearances on CNN’s Crossfire, PBS’s Firing Line, and MSNBC’s Hardball. He also debated co-panelists Ed Koch and Al D’Amato on NY1’s weekly segment “Wiseguys” from 2002 to 2008, and was president of Air America Radio from 2007 to 2008.