A former housing advocate who succeeded one Bill de Blasio as a Democratic councilman from Park Slope four years ago, Mr. Lander and another passionate liberal, Melissa Mark-Viverito, joined with several other lawmakers, somer of whom had been backed by the Working Families Party, to form a Progressive Caucus. They pushed to improve pay and benefits for low-wage workers. They argued for letting city residents help decide how lawmakers should spend their discretionary funds. And in 2011, they began making endorsements and bundling money for candidates, hoping to increase their ranks and perhaps play a role in choosing the next speaker.
Having run against Brad in the crowded primary of aught nine, I was prepared to be critical. In retrospect he was hands down the best candidate of any of us, and I've been repeatedly impressed with his handling of issues.