What’s the Distance Between a Reformer and Vito Lopez?

Apparently, the the most memorable moment from a forum last night for candidates running for David Yassky’s Council seat in Brooklyn was an exchange over “reform” credentials and, in particular, the notion of independence (or lack thereof) from the borough’s Democratic leadership.
Yassky was, for a while at least, lauded as such a figure by good-government groups for his work on advocating for greater transparency in city government and rules changes to empower rank-and-file Council members.
According to a couple of attendees at last night’s forum, which was hosted by two local Democratic clubs, it was a pretty civil affair right until the end.