Bill Thompson "absolutely" denied a report in the Post this morning that he was open to endorsing scandal-plagued assemblyman and former Brooklyn Democratic boss Vito Lopez, who is running for City Council and was censured by colleagues after the state made a six-figure payout to female staffers who accused him of sexual harassment.
"I will campaign day and night to keep this serial sexual harrasser from entering the City Council," Quinn said through a spokesperson.(1)
For moment, the only thing standing between older and newer residents of Williamsburg was a dumpster.(2)
"He is a people's candidate and a man whose words resonates among many households," said City Councilwoman Diana Reyna of Brooklyn. She acknowledged Barron had abrasive rhetoric, but said it served to "reminds all of us [in the City Council] what communities, what communities are voiceless. It's worth noting that Reyna also has a long-running feud with the Brooklyn Democratic County Leader, Vito Lopez, who is supporting Barron's rival, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries. The vice-chair of the Sierra Club's New York City chapter, Irene van Slyke, said Barron was an early and outspoken critic of the Atlantic Yards project and attended the group's endorsement meeting. "His opponent has been absent, not sometimes but all the time including not showing up at neighborhood debates and the Sierra Club endorsement interview," she said, with Barron's hand on her left shoulder.
Later, Slyke said, "On Atlantic Yards, Mr. Barron showed up when it really counted" early on "when we needed political support to fight a project that was totally out of control."
Barron, she said, "spoke out when it really counted. Mr. Jeffries came after all the decisions had been made. It didn't count anymore. It was just recently."
Sentimentalists, preservationists, nonprofits trying to counter the rising cost of living in the city, residents who resented newcomers, newcomers looking for what they characterized as an authentic—that is, "gritty"—New York experience, and people in all groups trying to keep up with rising rents saw in the Domino factory a highly visible target for frustration.(1)