Council Approves Dock Street, 40-9

David Yassky was officially overruled.

Wednesday afternoon the City Council approved the Dock Street apartment building in Dumbo by a vote of 40 to 9, in a rare move that overruled the local councilman, Mr. Yassky, on a land-use project.

The vote came after the project received support from Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

In the end, it showed the savvy of developers David and Jed Walentas, who, with lobbyists Yoswein New York and attorney and former Councilman Ken Fisher, were able to convince the Council to buck its custom of deferring to the local member. (The Walentases pulled their application in a previous attempt in 2005 when it was clear that Mr. Yassky, and the Council, would not approve the building.)

The ‘no’ votes, as relayed by a Council spokesperson: Charles Barron, Tony Avella, Bill de Blasio, Vincent Gentile, Alan Gerson, Eric Gioia, John Liu, Peter Vallone Jr. and David Yassky.

ebrown@observer.com

Council Approves Dock Street, 40-9