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I used to like Lander and agree that his left leaning tendencies fair well, however, he has absolutely pissed off the left, especially in Brownstone Brooklyn. The Gowanus rezone, which he's claims as a personal victory, will come back to bite him. As part of the deal, he promised NYCHA housing will get much needed financial support. It won't b/c it relied on Build Back Better Federal funding that didn't come through. He promised strict EPA oversight of the superfund cleanup. It's not happening b/c the EPA is gutted and a shell of its former self. He promised new affordable housing as the reason why we needed to rezone. It's not going to be affordable at all thanks to back room deals. It was full of lies and half-promises that all went to benefit Adams and the real estate lobbyists. It's interesting to think how this may play-out in 8 years time if Lander were to run for mayor because by that point the Gowanus will be full of new development and he'll probably claim victory for his achievements. Unfortunately by then the rising tides and effects of climate change will also be more apparent.The Gowanus will experience regular toxic floods thanks to shotty remediation being done right now. It won't take long for there to be serious health concerns for those living in the wake of the Gowanus flood plains. During Hurricanes people will need to be evacuated. And over time, the water, land, and air quality will affect nearby residents in higher cancer rates. I realize you probably think I sound crazy, but it's the sad but true reality of the situation that politicians don't want to talk about. Personally I think Lander sucks. True progressives need to factor in climate change. He and Adams chose short term gains over long term preparedness and solutions. My 2¢

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Feb 6, 2022·edited Feb 6, 2022

Candidates come, candidates go, but REBNY is undefeated, and that sums up what really matters in NYC politics.

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Idyl chatter … deB coasted to victory in 2013, the least known of the four candidates, with 40% of the vote, extremely popular in Black communities, sages, talking heads, bloggers, journalists and constituents, all wrong.

Adams can emerge as the Black LaGuardia, or stumble. Aside from COVID and crime and economy city labor negotiations are on the horizon. The #2 in the Department of Education, Dan Weisberg, was the architect of the attack on the teacher union under Bloomberg , will Adams challenge the unions? the glaring 9% unemployment rate? Is he vulnerable in 25? Will Lander or Williams or new candidate emerge?

More idyl chatter …

This week: crime, next month: the economy

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@RossBarkan, I think you should respond or post a correction when someone points out a fact error as I did in the comment below that I posted yesterday on Feb 6.

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Lander as mayor would be a dream - like a liberal Bloomberg.

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“He entered the comptroller’s race as a polling underdog, up against Corey Johnson, the popular City Council speaker who rapidly locked up the backing of all the major labor unions and many influential politicians.”

Fact error. This is wrong. Corey entered the comptroller race very late — more than six months after Brad entered the race. Cory entered the race at the end of May 2021. Brad announced in November 2020.

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If Brad Lander wants to score big and be remembered for a long time to come, and rally prime voters, who are in the group I’m about to mention, he will not sign off on the bait and switch health care plan the city is trying to shove down the throats of public service retirees. He would then become the unsung hero Amd retiree votes will launch him to whatever office he runs for.

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Brad Pander? That trustafarian out-of-towner and whiny Marxist?

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If Adams’s tenure does end short of two terms due to a scandal, chances are good that *Comptroller* Lander will have helped ventilate the scandal.

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Lander is incredible at what he does, but does he have the charisma and vision to be a mayor? Figurehead isn't his skillset.

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