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Brooklyn Younger Democrats endorsement raises problems with ‘nepotism, patronage’

For Brooklyn Democrats, it’s nonetheless about who you already know.

On Thursday, the Brooklyn Younger Democrats — an official arm of the borough celebration — endorsed Doug Schneider for Metropolis Council within the thirty ninth district.

The president of the Younger Dems, Christina Das, works for Schneider’s spouse, who employed Das for a city-paid gig two months earlier than the endorsement.

Observers say the help offers Schneider a big benefit within the Democratic major on June 22 and entry to canvassers and volunteers from the group.

Das, 28, a CUNY legislation graduate, is at present working in a selective fellowship program on the metropolis’s Workplace of Administrative Trials and Hearings — a physique overseen by Schneider’s spouse, Joni Kletter.

“I believe it’s a disgrace that when you may have such extremely sturdy progressive candidates in that race {that a} native membership would select to recreate the identical outdated machine politics that I believed we had been making an attempt to maneuver previous,” one newly elected Brooklyn Democrat instructed The Put up.

Former Democratic Metropolis Councilman Sal Albanese mentioned, “It raises points by way of nepotism and patronage. One of many untold tales of the de Blasio administration is that they have ensconced numerous people in these companies which can be patronage posts.” 

Joni Kletter
Joni Kletter

OATH manages hearings referring to metropolis violations. Kletter additionally serves Hizzoner as director of the Mayor’s Workplace of Appointments.

Das was employed in October 2020 for a renewable four-month fellowship with a wage of 19,971.90. She beat out eight different candidates for the place, a rep for the company mentioned.

Kletter denied any battle.

“I’ve had no conversations with Ms. Das concerning the thirty ninth district council race aside from making it clear to her that that she might don’t have any involvement within the BYD endorsement course of for that race,” she instructed The Put up.

Schneider mentioned he was “furious” at any suggestion of impropriety. Das declined remark.

Das landed the fellowship simply two months earlier than her group bestowed its coveted endorsement on her boss’ husband. He was beforehand endorsed by the group for a Democratic district chief place again in March, the identical month Das turned president.

Since that point, the connections between the town’s energy couple and Das have solely deepened.

The Younger Dems’ earlier president is John Wasserman — who beforehand served as Schneider’s marketing campaign supervisor in the course of the district chief race and continues in that function in his Metropolis Council marketing campaign, a tipster mentioned. Wasserman is relationship Das and was reported to be dwelling along with her earlier this yr. His Fb banner picture exhibits the blissful couple visiting a horse rescue reserve in New Mexico.

“Solutions of impropriety are ridiculous, unfounded, and an apparent try and divide progressives towards one another at a second once we are engaging in a lot collectively,” Brooklyn Younger Democrats communications director, Abe Silberstein, instructed The Put up.

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