Green's career as a public servant spans 28 years, most of which has been devoted to exposing government and corporate abuses and remedying such situations. From 1970-1980, he worked as an aide for Ralph Nader and later headed the Democracy Project, a New York-based public policy think tank. In 1986, he won the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate but lost the general election to Senator Al D'Amato. From 1990-1993, Green served as New York City's Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, and his exemplary service led Ralph Nader to call him "the best consumer law enforcement official in the country."
In 1993, Green became the first Public Advocate of the City of New York and was re-elected to that post in 1997, winning 73 percent of the vote. The Public Advocate works directly under the mayor and is responsible for responding to complaints against the bureaucracy, investigating city agencies and programs and proposing solutions to make government more efficient and accountable.
During his time in office, Green published a study that showed how 12 New York City HMOs withheld crucial information from consumers and provided substandard health care to cut costs; created C-PLAN (Child Planning and Advocacy Now), a program that addresses problems in the Child Welfare Administration; and was instrumental in drafting the law that brought an end to the mob-controlled garbage cartel that eventually saved small businesses millions of dollars.
Green also has written or edited over 15 books, including the best-selling Who Runs Congress? and Reagan's Reign of Error. A second edition of his most recent book, The Consumer Bible, will be published later this year.
Green's visit to Hamilton is part of a two-day, nine-city tour of the state to kick off his campaign.