The neighborhoods of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, and Prospect Heights need a strong and courageous advocate, an elected official who supports sustainable growth without forgetting to nourish the soul of the community.
They have one in Councilwoman Letitia James, which is why this paper is endorsing her for re-election.
James, who is seeking her second full term in City Council, is running for her 35th District seat against Delia Hunley-Adossa and Medhanie Estiphanos.
Since taking office after winning a special election in 2003, James has established a reputation for personal and political integrity, guts, and hard work. With those tools, she has taken on developers, the Bloomberg Administration, and the state (over, among other issues, the Atlantic Yards project, which James vehemently opposes).
James is outspoken, but she backs it up with results.
She was the lead sponsor of the Safe Housing Act, a measure passed by the council in 2007 that protects renters by guaranteeing proper maintenance services, and is a vocal advocate for improvements to public housing.
In her capacity as chair of the Contracts Committee, James has fought for oversight of government contracts and for women and minority-owned businesses.
James has proven her commitment to community-based planning; by the time she leaves office, she expects all of the neighborhoods in her district to benefit from either a downzoning or historic designation status.
These are only some of her major accomplishments, ones that overshadow James’ everyday work in the district and her commitment to the rights of the poor and disenfranchised.
She is a frequent attendee and speaker at community meetings big or small, where she is well versed on the crime problem on your block, or the out-of-context luxury building on your uncle’s. James knows what’s happening, and likely has an idea - or a half-dozen - about what to do to solve the problem.
She has, simply put, a rough-and-tumble style and the right combination of outspokenness, legislative skill, and moral tenacity that fit the 35th District perfectly.