The New York Times endorsement this morning was missing only one thing: “Forest City Ratner is the development partner for the Midtown headquarters for The New York Times Company.” In a pretty naked nod to its development partner, the Times endorsed the one candidate who has done more to undermine unified community opposition to Atlantic Yards than any other: Jo Anne Simon. The Times could not bring itself to write on Councilwoman Letitia “Tish” James’s race in the 35th District because opposing her would be too obvious.
Simon protests that she has been an early and vocal critic of Atlantic Yards. Like most politicians, she believes that if she repeats something long enough it will be the truth. The fact remains that Simon started BrooklynSpeaks to “have a seat at the table” in negotiating with Ratner. She leads the “mend it, don’t end it” camp on Atlantic Yards. Bottom Line: Simon has been an early and vocal supporter of bargaining on Atlantic Yards. We believe that is the reason she got the nod from the Times.
Here is the endorsement for those of you who have missed it:
District 33, Brooklyn (Downtown Brooklyn, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights): There are several excellent candidates vying to replace Councilman David Yassky, who’s also running for comptroller. Stephen Levin would be a prime candidate except for his entanglement in the Brooklyn Democratic Party machine. Evan Thies, an aide to Mr. Yassky, has been active on reform and clean-air issues. Jo Anne Simon has an impressive legal background and has been a strong community organizer who has done important work for the disabled. We endorse Ms. Simon.
Pretty lukewarm even for a sell out.
Keeping It Real