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Oct. 31, 2007


Former Yassky Aide To Seek Yassky's Seat


Evan Thies, a 28-year-old former aide to Councilman David Yassky - not to mention Hillary Clinton and Andrew Cuomo - confirmed he's running for his old boss' 33rd CD seat, which Yassky is barred by term limits from seeking again in 2009 (he's running for comptroller instead).


Thies, who's currently working at the communications/consulting firm Berlin Rosen, has a campaign committee, although he hasn't banked any cash yet, and will make a formal announcement some time next month.


After serving in both the public and private sectors, Thies said, he's decided that "if you have ideas about fixing government, you should probably be in government."


"In New York City, local government is the way you can affect a lot of people very quickly," Thies said, adding that his work with Yassky on high-profile issues like 421-a and hybrid taxis taught him that, although it may take a while, Council members with good ideas has a good shot at getting those ideas implemented.


Thies has never held elected office, with the exception of the post of homeroom monitor during his sophomore year of high school. But he comes from a political family (Republicans in his home state of New Hampshire; his grandfather was mayor of Manchester, giving him a front seat to the presidential Granite State mayhem) and has worked for a number of pols and candidates, including Clinton in 2001, LG candidate Jane Steiner Hoffman in 2002 (who dropped out due to health reasons), Yassky's congressional race in 2006 and, after that was unsuccessful, Andrew Cuomo's AG bid.


He's also perhaps best known in certain circles for getting arrested while protesting the Iraq War during the 2004 Republican National Convention.


Thies is not alone in eyeing Yassky's soon-to-be-vacated seat. Joanne Simon, a district leader in the 52nd AD, is also mentioned as a contender, as are Ken Diamondstone, unless he challenges Sen. Marty Connor again; and Steve Cohen, an attorney and Brooklyn Democratic Party stalwart whom Yassky defeated in the 2001 Council race.


Just to name a few. I'm sure there are more.


Plus, it's likely Brooklyn Democratic Chairman/Assemblyman Vito Lopez will push his own candidate.


Posted by Elizabeth Benjamin on October 31, 2007 3:21 PM