Community members waited in line for nearly an hour to witness Community Board 1’s final decision regarding the rezoning of the Broadway Triangle site, but there was one notable absence.
City council candidate and Williamsburg resident Evan Thies resigned from CB 1 this month and did not attend either the full board meeting or the ULURP Committee’s meeting to cast a vote.
When reached Wednesday afternoon, Thies indicated that he resigned to fully focus his efforts on the race for City Council in the 33rd District and believed he did not have the time to commit to remaining on the community board.
If he had attended the community board meeting, it is likely that he would have voted against the rezoning plan. At a City Council debate in Williamsburg on May 26, Thies explained his position on the Broadway Triangle, strongly condemning the process that led to the rezoning.
“This is the worst sham of a process that I have seen during my years working for City Council,” he said at the debate. “The process has been contaminated possibly to the point of corruption. There may even be a need for an investigation at some point.”
The issue of whether Thies would continue to serve as a community board member had been addressed at a prior debate, when council candidate Jo Anne Simon asked whether it was a conflict of interest to serve on the board and as a councilmember. Thies said it was not but indicated he would eventually step down.
Thies was appointed to CB 1 in 2006 by Councilmember David Yassky, whom he previously worked for as his communications director, and served as chair of the Environment and Sanitation Committee.
Yassky also was not present for the board’s debate, though his office issued a statement in support of the rezoning action.
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