Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Diamondstone's Got the Big Mo

One of the WFP's favorite candidates in this cycle is community activist and affordable housing maven Ken Diamondstone. He's running an insurgent campaign against incumbent Sen. Martin Connor in the 25th district (parts of Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Williamburg, Greenpoint, Tribeca, Chinatown, the Lower East Side, Soho and Greenwich Village).

WFP members are gravitating towards Ken's message of change the same way the New York Times did (Dorothy Siegel, George Albro, I shouldn't list too many names), and doing what they do best -- mobilizing for election day.

I think I smell an upset.

One of the real issues in the campaign (on the Brooklyn side of the district) is the proposed construction of luxury housing in Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP). Connor's for it. Diamondstone's against -- and so is the community. It's not Atlantic Yards. Call this story "on the waterfront." But this primary election is shaping up as a referendum on an issue. And isn't that what they're supposed to be about.

So, if you're in the neighborhood, check out this BBP-related campaign event:
WHAT: Park Party for the Candidate Who Can Get Us a REAL PARK!
(party/rally/fundraiser/meet and greet the candidate)

WHEN: Thursday, September 7, 6:30-8:30pm

WHERE: 140 Pacific Street (between Henry and Clinton streets in Cobble Hill)
Question for everyone: When was the last time a New York State Senator was defeated in their own primary?


Anonymous said...

Diaz beating Espada

Park Person said...

Bravo Ken Diamondstone for standing up to the machine that will sell out public park land to private developers for luxe condos. We need many more where Ken came from. Can he be cloned?