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Public Advocate James Says She Wasn't a Source in New York Times Feature on 'Dasani'

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Just one day into her new job, Public Advocate Letitia James is already under scrutiny for comments made to NY1.

During Wednesday's inauguration ceremony, Dasani Coates, the girl whose life in Brooklyn's Auburn homeless shelter was the subject of a recent New York Times article, appeared as James' guest, even holding the bible she used for her swearing-in.

On Wednesday night's "Inside City Hall," James then suggested she played a role in the newspaper's investigation.

"The expose, I was aware of it and had a little bit something to do with it, and in fact had established a task force on Auburn, and the conditions continued," James said. "And so we decided to work together to basically put on the front page of The New York Times the face of poverty in the city of New York."

In response, The New York Times said that James was neither a source for the story, nor she did she ever speak to the reporter involved.

That prompted James to issue a statement that read, "I commend The New York Times for highlighting this important issue on their front page but, to be clear, I was not a source behind the New York Times' feature on Dasani and did not intend to imply so."

James, though, did reiterate that she's been a leader in drawing attention to the problems at Auburn, even participating in demonstrations there.

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