Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that he has appointed David Yassky (photo) his new Director of State Policy. Mr. Yassky previously served as City Council Member for District 33, which includes Brooklyn Heights, from 2003 to 2009. After that he served as head of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (2010-2013) and Dean of the Pace University Law School (2014-present). In his own statement, Mr. Yassky wrote:
Our [Democratic] party sometimes seems torn between ambition and pragmatism, between focusing on the base and embracing the entire polity, and between faith in government and faith in markets. I’ve always been drawn to leaders who see these as false choices, and I’ve been fortunate to work for a few of them. I could not be more enthused to have the opportunity to do so again, and to join a team that not only thinks big, but has and will continue to do big.