City Hall News looks at the race to replace David Yassky as our man in the New York City Council as well as Yassky’s attempt to attain the backing of Democratic capo Vito Lopez in his bid for city comptroller.
City Hall News: That is more than Evan Thies has in the six-way race to replace his old boss, Council Member David Yassky (D-Brooklyn). Though Thies spent five years working for Yassky, finishing as chief of staff, Yassky is not backing his former protégé. In fact, Yassky is expected to remain neutral as he seeks Lopez’s blessing for his comptroller run, according to several people familiar with the race.
Yassky declined comment.
Thies has credibility among the young, progressive voters who have moved to Williamsburg in droves in recent years. He helped organize a protest during the 2004 Republican Convention in which anti-war groups rappelled down the front of the Plaza Hotel and draped the building with a giant anti-Bush banner.
A police officer responding to the incident was injured on the roof of the hotel. Thies was later charged with criminal facilitation.
Thies said he had no regrets.
“The statement that we made at the RNC turned out to be prophetic,” he said. “Anybody who takes issue with the way the government operates should make their voice heard.”