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September 7, 2008

Scratching My Head on Who to Vote For: Connor Vs. Squadron (Vs Gyllenhaal) the 25th District State Senate Seat

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Noticing New York isn't finding their dream candidate in the 25th district. NoLandGrab did not help with the summary that the race is "leaving many Brooklynites scratching their heads."

So if neither candidate is satisfactorily mobilizing to oppose Atlantic Yards is there one of them to vote for in the Tuesday primary? Is it better to vote for Squadron, a candidate who is ostensibly a reform-minded insurgent on guard against over-development who won’t prove those credentials by doing what he has a perfectly free hand to do: opposing what is obviously the worst thing happening in New York and the immediate environs of this Senate District? Unlike other problems New York City might be facing, this is one that comes signed, sealed and delivered by problem politicians. Squadron says he should be elected because he will take on important “development battles:” why won’t he prove it by addressing the poster-child? Or, is it better to vote for Connor, a 30-year incumbent who was probably taken in by the Atlantic Yards hornswaggling when it was first underway and won’t admit this now or reverse course?

NNY does have a novel solution:

Maybe I should write in a candidate. Maggie Gyllenhaal co-stared with Heath Ledger in “Dark Knight” and her brother Jake co-starred with Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain. Heath Ledger was on the advisory board of Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn which has been a key player in halting Atlantic Yards. Voting for Ms. Gyllenhaal sounds mighty attractive.

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NNY followed up to his post with a response from Squadron's campaign advisor:

Daniel supports a moratorium on state aide for the Atlantic Yards project for three reasons which must be addressed: First, it continues to be too big for the infrastructure surrounding it. Second, the eminent domain process neither followed an official procedure nor was transparent. Third, the project increasingly looks like a bait-and-switch on affordable housing, which is a critical priority and was the silver lining in the original plan.

Moving forward, Daniel has pledged not to accept any contributions linked to the developer of Atlantic Yards so no one needs to wonder who he's working for.

Posted by amy at September 7, 2008 10:46 AM