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District 35 Democratic Candidates Debate
August 27th, 2009

The three Democratic primary candidates for City Council District 35 debated for the first time Tuesday in the Brooklyn Paper’s Metrotech office, about three weeks before the September 15 primary.

Delia Hunley-Adossa made news when she said that Forest City Ratner, the developer behind Atlantic Yards, gave her nonprofit a “little over a couple of hundred-thousand dollars,” through a community benefits agreement, the Brooklyn Paper reported.

Hunley-Adossa, the president of 88th Precinct Community and Youth Council and the head of Brooklyn Endeavor Experience, an nonprofit environmental group, supports the Atlantic Yards project and is looking to unseat incumbent Letitia James, who opposes it.

Hunley-Adossa is the head of a coalition that signed the benefits agreement on Atlantic Yards, in which Forest City Ratner promised benefits to Brooklyn residents. The agreement won over a lot of local groups, like Brooklyn Endeavor Experience. According to Norman Oder, author of the blog Atlantic Yards Report, other groups that signed the agreement have also received funding from Forest City Ratner.

The remark is the first time Hunley-Adossa has revealed how much money Forest City Ratner gave to her organization. In an interview in early August with this reporter, she refused to say how much money the developer gave her group, and criticized James for funding groups that were opposed to Atlantic Yards.

The Democratic primary in this district is shaping up to be, in part, a community referendum on Atlantic Yards, a project that calls for an arena for the New Jersey Nets basketball team, as well as skyscrapers for offices and apartments.

Atlantic Yards will create “a lot of economic development, affordable housing, and [James] seems to have not engaged the developer into bringing forth some of these benefits to the community,” Hunley-Adossa told Gotham Gazette.

(Check out Gotham Gazette’s profile of the race here.)

The Brooklyn Paper reported that Hunley-Adossa was “fairly quiet” throughout the debate, and that she often did not take the “30-second allotment for her answers” and referred to a “binder full of newspaper articles, notes and other study aides.”

In other developments at the debate, Medhanie Estiphanos, a political newcomer, sparred with James over what he said was her divisive rhetoric. Estiphanos criticized James for comparing Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at a press conference opposing the extension of term limits.

But James, according to the paper, “had her own gotcha moment, catching Estiphanos with his pants down by producing copies of his voter registration paperwork showing that he had not voted between 2004 and 2008.”

According to the New York Times’ Local blog on Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, video of the debate will be posted online soon.

By on August 27, 2009, 3:06 pm
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2 Responses to “District 35 Democratic Candidates Debate”

  1. Brokeland Says:
    August 27th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    “Hunley-Adossa is the head of a coalition that signed the benefits agreement on Atlantic Yards, in which Forest City Ratner promised benefits to Brooklyn residents. The agreement won over a lot of local groups, like Brooklyn Endeavor Experience”

    If by a lot of local groups you mean 6, all of which were created to sign that CBA, then sure, it was a lot.

  2. Syanno Says:
    August 30th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    You guys are unbelieveable — The Brooklyn Paper reported that Hunley-Adossa was fairly quiet throughout the debate, and that she often did not take the 30-second allotment for her answers and referred to a binder full of newspaper articles, notes and other study aides. Delia Hunley-Adossa had facts on hand and nothing more. Tish and Medhanie played to the cameras. Nothing of substance. What about Tish not paying her property taxes until caught. Had it never been brought out she would still owe the $10,000.00. Did Tish reveal how much of my tax paying dollars she gave CBN to go against the Atlantic Yards Project? Why not. Delia Hunley-Adossa came prepared and once you folks get to know her you will learn that she speaks truth, not (BS) Bologna and Slander. Tish as the City Councilmember should nto have taken sides to with community group over the other. She is wrong for that and wrong for the many things she has gotten away with over the years. Forcing the merchants into a Fulton Street BID knowing full well that they did not want that. Tish and Medhanie work together don’t be fooled. They play a good game!

    Sy

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