City Hall News, which suggests that Hunley-Adossa's run is inspired not by Atlantic Yards but by James reducing support for the 88th Precinct Youth Council the challenger runs, takes note of the candidate who avoids publicity:
“You can’t show all your hands at the beginning,” Hunley-Adossa said, by way of explaining her seemingly counter-intuitive election strategy. “So we’ve been playing our cards close to the chest.”
Meanwhile, as The Local reports, Hunley-Adossa has sent a mailer implying--without proof--that James bought her office from the corrupt Brooklyn Democratic Party organization.
James does have a clubhouse history, but, as she tells the Local, when elected in 2003, she was not the Democratic Party candidate. She ran on the Working Families Party line; Geoffrey Davis, brother of slain Council Member James E. Davis, was the Democratic Party candidate.
Hunley-Adossa's priority: CBAs
Hunley-Adossa has not shown a deep knowledge of policy, as evinced in her performance in two debates (sponsored by CNG and News12).
But she did respond, at least in part, to a questionnaire from the Citizens Union (CU). In the questionnaire, Hunley-Adossa reveals that her number one campaign promise, despite its absence on her web site, is "Community Benefits Agreements for all development projects."
Her second priority: "Education: encourage the need for building knowledge."
Here are responses from James and third candidate Medhanie Estiphanos. (The CU endorsed James.)
On some questions, Hunley-Adossa punted. Asked about proposals for creating a greater role for the city council in the city budget, James suggested a ballot amendment; Hunley-Adossa didn't answer.
James, unlike Hunley-Adossa, answered CU's questions about diversifying the city's economy, involving parents in the education system, increasing transparency of the Board of Elections , and enchancing transparency regarding the relationships between council members, their families, and nonprofits that receive city funding.
On the latter question, James opted for the status's quo, suggesting that--despite some recent scandals--the vast majority operate properly and the hurdles they face threaten their survival. (In some other council districts, those would be fighting words.)
Would Hunley-Adossa be full-time?
Also, James agrees that the job of Council Member should be full-time. Hunley-Adossa said no.
Presumably she might continue to operate her own security business out of her home. The bigger question: would she remain the head of Brooklyn Endeavor Experience, the questionable nonprofit funded by Forest City Ratner, a signatory to the Atlantic Yards Community Benefits Agreement?