Tuesday, July 26, 2005

For Jack Lester

The Alliance rarely does political endorsements but in the case of Jack Lester an exception is more than justified. We have worked with Jack for over 10 years and there is no one running for the Council today who has a longer and more meritorious record on the defense of neighborhoods and small business.

In the early nineties Jack led the fight against a giant Toys-R-Us on the Upper East Side and later in the decade worked with us in putting together the coalition that eventually defeated the Costcos on the West Side. One of his primary campaign issues: Neighborhood control over large scale development projects requiring zoning changes. Needless to say, Jack Lester would be a major voice for accountable development in the City Council.