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May 8, 2006

Yassky strategy

Yassky-DailyNews.jpg Kicks off 11th C.D. run with rainbow of support

NY Daily News
By Jotham Sederstrom

When City Councilman David Yassky formally announces his run to represent the 11th Congressional District today, he'll roll out a rainbow coalition of supporters to deflect "colonizer" accusations.

Black, white, Jewish and Pakistani leaders plan to bless Yassky's controversial campaign at the Wyckoff Houses today, the Daily News has learned.


NoLandGrab: Sederstrom's article does not cover the fact that three out of the four African-American Yassky supporters listed in the article are signatories to Bruce Ratner's Community Benenfits Agreement: James Caldwell, Charlene Nimmons and Freddie Hamilton.

Councilmember Yassky has staked out a careful position on Atlantic Yards by straddling the issue — he supports the project, but is concerned about traffic and scale. Today's announcement will add another question to the depth of Yassky's concern for the environmental impacts of the project.

It's an interesting political calculation. Today's announcement has the potential of turning away voters in Yassky's current City Council district who are concerned with his alignment with Bruce Ratner supporters.

Will Ratner's community crew pull in enough votes in the African-American community for Yassky to offset votes from constituents who may now pull the lever for Atlantic Yards opponent Chris Owens?

Posted by lumi at May 8, 2006 8:41 AM