I based my support for Atlantic Yards after talking consistently with people who I believe are good advisors on affordable housing. I count Bertha Lewis of ACORN among them. In my inaugural speech, I said that "our future will be based on the quintessentially New York ideals of tolerance and compassion."
So I part company with Ms. Lewis when, in the name of affordable housing, she uses nasty, over-the-top, and irrational rhetoric to denounce a political opponent, Daniel Goldstein.
As I've said before, corporate political spending is a scourge on this country and Mr. Goldstein, as much as anyone, has pointed to the danger of corporate spending regarding development projects.
In my inaugural speech, I said "our future will be determined by the quality of our democracy." If nothing else, Atlantic Yards represents a deficit of democracy, as the City Council, a body of which I was a member, had no role, as Mr. Goldstein has reminded us.
Ms. Lewis, whose ideals I share, knows we can all do better.