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September 3, 2009: Vol. 1, No. 6
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Brooklyn Paper picks Thies, James and Heyer in City Council races, Yassky for Comptroller, Siegel for Public Advocate

The Brooklyn Paper

The Brooklyn Paper’s editors posted their Democratic Primary election endorsements tonight, differing with their Community Newspaper Group colleagues at Courier-Life Publications in two of three City Council endorsements, and in two of three citywide races.

Evan Thies was The Brooklyn Paper’s choice for the 33rd District seat being vacated by Councilman David Yassy, while Courier-Life preferred Steve Levin; The Paper chose John Heyer for the 39th District seat being vacated by Councilman Bill deBlasio, while Courier-Life preferred John Skaller. The Paper and Courier-Life agreed in the 35th District, both supporting incumbent Councilwoman Letitia James.

The Paper made no endorsement in the Democratic mayoral primary, where Courier-Life backed William Thompson. For Public Advocate, the Paper backed Norman Siegel against Courier-Life’s pick, Bill deBlasio. The Paper and Courier-Life both endorsed David Yassky for Comptroller.

33rd Council District (Brooklyn Heights, Greenpoint, parts of Williamsburg, Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Vinegar Hill, DUMBO): Evan Thies “would be a break from insider politics and a step towards the kind of progressive leadership that the Council desperately needs.”

35th Council District (Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, parts of Crown Heights, Prospect Heights and Bedford Stuyvesant): Letitia James “is a model of what a councilmember should be: one who spends time in the neighborhoods she represents, rather than holding meaningless rallies on the steps of City Hall … She is a talented community leader who has shown gutsy independence by breaking with the city’s power elite when appropriate.”

39th Council District (Borough Park, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Street, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Kensington): John Heyer — “Some say he’s too conservative for the district. … [But] if Heyer is conservative, it is only in the sense that he is an old school, working-class Democrat, the kind that once dominated New York City politics. … And he’s the only candidate in the race who is not ashamed to say that he wants the Atlantic Yards basketball arena built at the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic avenues.”

Comptroller: David Yassky — “Being comptroller — the dry, bean counter of the city — will free Yassky from the mundate pursuit of popularity … The comptroller job is all about digging through the paperwork and hammering away outside the limelight. This is where David Yassky excels.”

Public Advocate: Norman Siegel — “He is the only [candidate] who constantly challenges the old orthodoxies that government insiders follow instinctively … he’s the only Democratic candidate who truly gets it. We especially like his promise to use the public advocate’s obscure power to drag city agencies to court to root out government impropriety. … Norman Siegel has done it his entire life — at considerable personal risk.”

CNG publishes more than 30 community newspapers in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, as well as the citywide Caribbean Life newspaper. Each CNG newspaper group is making its own endorsements.

CNG hosted a series of primary debates in the races evaluated by The Brooklyn Paper. Those debates can be viewed at CNG’s BoroPolitics.com Web site.

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