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Let the money games begin!

Now that term-limit opponent Councilman David Yassky (D–Brooklyn Heights) has made stronger indications that he is indeed running for comptroller and not for re-election, the six candidates to succeed him say the money will really start flowing into their coffers.

The uncertainty of Yassky’s candidacy — even more so than the stagnant economy and the historic presidential race just concluded — depressed the fundraising totals for local candidates.

“The first time I thought about fundraising was on Monday after Yassky announced he’d solidified his campaign for comptroller,” said Isaac Abraham, who pulled in the biggest amount of money in just-released data by the city Campaign Finance Board — $11,892 between July 12 last year and Jan. 11 — among the six candidates to represent the district covering the area bounded by Greenpoint, Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope.

After Yassky backed Mayor Bloomberg’s successful bid to extend term limits, there had been lingering doubts that Yassky would make good on his vow to run for comptroller. But those questions largely vaporized with the legislator’s announcement in a recent e-mail to supporters that he’d hired high-priced media consultant Josh Isay, whose other clients include winner Mayor Bloomberg and loser Caroline Kennedy. (Yassky’s campaign office did not return calls for comment.)

“Yassky’s intentions were certainly a question,” said Jo Anne Simon, another aspiring councilmember.

“I always believed that if Comptroller [Bill] Thompson ran for mayor, then [Yassky] would continue his run for citywide office. Now, that question has been answered.”

So Abraham, Simon and the gang hope donors open up their checkbooks, because the candidates’ war chests are fairly depleted.

Simon, a Democratic district leader from Boerum Hill, pulled in the second highest total — $10,760. That added to her leading total of $65,797. The second-runner up in the money game was Evan Thies, a former staffer to Yassky, who posted $9,445. He’s raised $58,065, but has only spent $15,838 compared to Simon’s expenditures of $40,143.

Rounding out the race are Ken Baer, a former Sierra Club chair in New York, with $3,927; Stephen Levin, chief of staff for Assemblyman Vito Lopez, with $2,475; and Ken Diamondstone, who pulled in $2,395.

Updated 5:11 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

schlesinger from willi says:
so isaac Abraham have no money ?
Jan. 29, 2009, 2:26 pm
dav from greeenpoint says:
Money is not an issue it’s very important to have a leader somebody who knows for over 40 years how to fight corruption and making sure that people’s voice is not ignored. So we all saying GO ISAAC GO….
Jan. 29, 2009, 3:28 pm
Jack from CobbleHill says:
" term-limit opponent "? -uh, he voted to extend them (buckled under Bloomberg pressure). So - in my book not a term limit opponent but a no-backbone weasel.
No way ever vote for him again.
Jan. 30, 2009, 10:16 am
James from Boerum Hill says:
The candidate to beat here is Jo Anne Simon. The only woman running, she has long and deep roots throughout the entire District, as well as a respected track record as a reformer. The other candidates do not impress.
Jan. 30, 2009, 1:31 pm
David from DUMBO says:
James, you gotta be kidding about Simon! (Or is "James" really Simon's husband Bill???) Joanne Simon is a total toadie to the rich funders who live on the Promenade. She is the only candidate who supports Brooklyn Bridge Park "City" with its luxury condos on public park lands! All the other candidates want housing out and recreation in. Not so Simon. So James, maybe if she came out strongly for the rest of her district and advocated for no more housing, for an audit of the numbers, for an honest to goodness year round recreational facility, not to metion a pool or two - well, maybe she has a chance. And don't get us started on the park mess in Williamsburg - thanks David Yassky for screwing those promises up. But seriously, does anyone really think Simon is the annointed one??
Jan. 30, 2009, 1:48 pm
Aaron Fraser from Bedford-Stuyvesent says:
Hi, my name is Aaron W Fraser and I am a City Council Candidate for the 36th District. I am passionate about issues involving my community and the district I hope to soon represent. I am also equally as zealous for issues involving John and Jane Q New Yorker. I was born and raised in this city and happen to think it is the “ Greatest City On Earth”. Aside from being the largest regional economy in the United States, it is home to over 160 different languages and the largest stock exchange in the world. Commercial real estate worth 802.4 billion and the home to the seventeenth largest economy in the world. New Yorkers contribute over a trillion dollars to this nations GDP, which equates to a little over 9% of its total; almost a tenth. The City’s budget is larger than the budgets of Forty of the U.S. States, including the two U.S. protectorates. The top 25 Fortune 500 companies have headquarters here, not counting the others on the exchange who rank lower and have primary offices here. New York is home to half of the 32 largest Chinese corporations. It is truly the hub of international trade and commerce.
I don’t have to make a case for New York, New York has made one for herself. I am gravely concerned that New Yorkers will not get their fair share of the stimulus package. To say that New Yorkers have been devastated by the financial meltdown is an understatement. She has been battered, bruised and ravaged but has still been able to pony up more than her fair share to the government. Who has spoken for her in Washington? Who has made her concerns known to the movers and shakers that will ride into the capital on their white horses and black robes petitioning for monies for their state? Before Bridges to nowhere are built, before greedy politicians fill their coffers with cash for their pet projects, before the bacon and ham is fried, the voices of New York, You and I, should demand our fair share on behalf of all New Yorkers. New Yorkers will not be left with the Entrails, I promise you that. We have taken the Chitterlings from Capital Hill for far too long. I want our share to reflect our tremendous contribution to this nations economy and the intrinsic and financial contribution we have made to the world economy as well.
This is bigger than an election cycle, bigger than a seat on the City Council. Its also bigger than our petty differences that seek to divide rather than unite. I know all of you care about New Yorkers, whether that be your prospective Districts, boroughs or personal neighborhoods. Stand with me as I stand “ For “ New Yorkers as I advocate for them. In order to lead, great leaders must follow. I will follow any leader that can get our issue to the forefront. Please contact me to see how we can make this a reality and get New Yorkers their Due. 1-800-304-5913
Aaron W. Fraser
District 36 Candidate
Feb. 18, 2009, 5:40 am

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