What Project?

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“It looks like we just got done playing Backgammon.” -Bill Batson

Bill de Blasio has endorsed Bill Batson for the 57th Assembly District, despite the fact that they differ in their views on the Atlantic Yards project. De Blasio’s district does not overlap with the 57th, but is just north and east of Flatbush Avenue from his Park Slope district.

“The important thing is that Bill and I disagree on the Yards, but we can work together in seeking a community brokered development model,” Batson said in a just-completed phone interview. “That’s what I think the people in Brooklyn want right now. We want development, we want affordable housing, we just want to be onboard the planning process.”

De Blasio was out of town and unavailable for comment, but at least some opponents of the project consider him to be “conditionally” supportive.

—Nicole Brydson