It’s official: David Yassky is running for comptroller.
Earlier, I noted the strategy will likely be to pick up support in his vote-rich section of Brooklyn and, since the race is full of outer borough candidates, scoop up the largely unclaimed votes in Manhattan. The other candidates in the race are David Weprin, Melinda Katz and possibly John Liu, all from Queens, plus Simcha Felder and James Brennan from Brooklyn. There’s low-level grumbling about Adolfo Carrion getting into that race (although Carrion indicates he’d prefer to run for mayor).
When I spoke with Yassky on Friday, he didn’t confirm or deny he was entering the race. Instead, he said, “I still feel like it’s a long time away. And when given that we still have a city that is almost entirely reliant on diesel fuel to heat itself, when there is biofuels that would make so much of a difference, in terms of carbon emission, and we’re still spending all this money on tax breaks that would happen anyway, which we shouldn’t be doing. I feel like those are the things to be focusing on. Over and above atoning for my sins.”
He added, “It seems too far away to be talking about 2009.”
UPDATE: Just to clarify, Yassky’s statement about atoning for sins was a eference was to Yom Kippur, which started on Friday, the day we spoke.