Just as former New York ACORN head Bertha Lewis, the key partner/cheerleader for Forest City Ratner's affordable housing plan within the Atlantic Yards project, has become a key player in Mayor Bill de Blasio's circle of power, so too has the resurrected ACORN, now known as New York Communities for Change.
“I am so appreciative of not just the support I received and my campaign received, I’m appreciative of all the people who were given hope by New York Communities for Change, who were shown their own power,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio at a recent fund-raiser for the group, which endorsed him during the primary, long before his electoral surge.NYCC launched in early 2010, as I reported. Barkan identifies the dues-paying membership at 20,000 in the city and Long Island--which is less than the 35,000 reported by author John Atlas late in the previous decade--and a budget that's grown from $200,000 to more than $2 million.
Unwelcome during former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s reign, NYCC has been reborn in Mr. de Blasio’s orbit. Ex-Acorners helped elect Mr. de Blasio and his ally, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, lending ground troops and organizational firepower to both the mayoral race and the backroom speakership contest.
NYCC, which is battling to raise the wages of low-income workers and eventually unionize them, increase affordable housing and beat back the charter school movement, is also entwined with the influential Working Families Party.
NYCC and the Working Families Party are deeply intertwined, occupying offices one floor apart and with NYCC leader Jonathan Westin, who succeeded the late Jon Kest, serving on the WFP’s executive board, according to the article.
|From Forest City presentation re B2 tower|