Mark Green was elected in 1993 as New York City's first public advocate, a new office created to replace the City Council president. The public advocate is responsible for answering public complaints against City bureaucracy, investigating inefficient agencies and programs, and proposing solutions to make government more efficient and accountable. From 1990 to 1993, Green served as New York City's commissioner of consumer affairs. Green has been a Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, and was Ralph Nader's top aide in Washington from 1970 to 1980. Over the last 25 years, he has written or edited 15 books, including Who Runs Congress?, Reagan's Reign of Error, and The Consumer Bible (1995). He has also published over 250 magazine articles and appears frequently on "Crossfire," "Firing Line," and similar programs.
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