On the Record
by Daniel Bush
Aug 25, 2009 | 15595 views | 0 0 comments | 466 466 recommendations | email to a friend | print
When Delia Hunley-Adossa decided she has done all she can as a community activist, her path forward seemed clear: the next logical step, she said, would be to take her advocacy to City Hall.

Hunley-Adossa is now running against Councilwoman Letitia James, who is seeking her second full term representing the 35th Council District. The district includes Clinton Hill, Fort Greene and parts of Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Bedford-Stuyvesant.

“I have a passionate desire to make a positive difference and make social change in the community,” said Hunley-Adossa, a lifelong 35th council district resident.

“We’ve had a lack of leadership,” she said. “Our district is in desperate need of change.”

Hunley-Adossa criticized James for failing to improve schools in the district, for not creating enough affordable housing and for letting public housing there languish.

If elected Hunley-Adossa said she would tackle these and other issues, including unemployment and crime problems.

Hunley-Adossa, who is best known as a strong supporter of the Atlantic Yards project, has been active in the community for decades.

She serves as the president of the 88th Precinct Community Council, a position she said has helped her develop strong working relationship with local police that she would take into office. She has also spearheaded various youth projects around the district.

Hunley-Adossa gained district-wide prominence by becoming the chairwoman of a coalition of groups who negotiated a Community Benefits Agreement with Forest City Ratner, which is developing Atlantic Yards.

Hunley-Adossa said she was initially opposed to the project- which James remains critical of- after watching the impacts of Ratner’s MetroTech development on Downtown Brooklyn. She said she still understands the staunch anti-Atlantic Yards position that James and others have taken.

However, she said, after Ratner announced plans to build Atlantic Yards, she decided to take matters into her own hands and ensure this time the project would include affordable housing and jobs for residents in the surrounding neighborhoods.

“Anytime developers come in they have to give back to the community,” Hunley-Adossa said. “If you don’t ask, they won’t give.”

She said plenty of people would benefit from the project, and their voices need to be heard. If elected, Hunley-Adossa said she would represent the entire district.

“I’ll continue to be an effective advocate and communicate the community’s concerns,” she said.

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