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Mosley Launches Campaign For Jeffries' Assembly Seat

57th District leader says he'll fight for affordable housing, healthcare and jobs.

It's official.

Speaking in front of campaign workers and supporters, 57th Assembly District leader Walter Mosley announced his candidacy for the seat currently occupied by Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, D-Fort Greene.

In his remarks Tuesday morning, Mosley promised more of the same—calling for a continuation of Jeffries' legislative agenda regarding affordable housing, "neighborhood" healthcare and jobs.

"We had a champion before," he said of Jeffries. "And we will have a champion again."

Mosley will face fellow Democrat Olanike "Ola" Alabi in the Sept. 13 primary in the 57th District, which covers Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and parts of Prospect Heights and Bed-Stuy.

Alabi declined to comment on today's announcement.

The seat will likely be left vacant by Jeffries, to replace Rep. Edolphus "Ed" Towns in Congress last month.

Jeffries has not endorsed a candidate in the race.

However, Mosley did play a key role in at least one Jeffries event, helping to introduce the three-term Democrat .

Despite the lack of an immediate endorsement from the incumbent, one thing Mosley did share with Jeffries at Tuesday's campaign event were supporters like Ernest Augustus of Fort Greene.

Augustus said he worked with Mosley on past campaigns, helping out with phone banks and "spreading the word."

Another Mosley supporter, Christine Powell, said she appreciated his fight "for affordable housing ... we need to make sure people are not shuttered up."

Powell also said she expected the candidate to push to keep senior centers open in the neighborhood, pointing to on Fulton Street, located right across the street from the rally.

Leah Novak contributed reporting to this story.

Joe Gonzalez July 25, 2012 at 04:20 PM
What does Walter Mosley have to say about the millions of dollars being wasted in Green Hill on "repairing" sidewalks that ain't broke? What does he have to say about the ongoing "Greenstreet" repair project located outside his residence on Lafayette Avenue--all the while there are no funds for NYCHA repairs, day care and senior centers and after school programs? What does Walter Mosley have to say about the planned waste of six million dollars to rip up a two block strip of sidewalk located on the south side of Myrtle Avenue between Hall Street and Emerson Place to install the Pratt Pedestrian Plaza--when there is no money for schools, day care centers or NYCHA repairs? The community is waiting to hear from Mr. Mosley on this subject.
Isheta Salgaocar August 20, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Mr Gonzalez: I would like to speak with you further about the issues of "unfixed" sidewalks. Would you send me your email or contact me at isheta@gmail.com? Thanks, Isheta Salgaocar.
Joe Gonzalez August 21, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Isheta Salgaocar: The issue is not "unfixed' sidewalks as you write, its the rank waste of millions of taxpayers dollars on repairing sidewalks that are not broke. Per your request, I will be in contact with you in short order.

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