Rodriguez, Jackson and Espaillat Appear to Bury the Hatchet
(Amsterdam News) — A spat between a group of uptown politicians seems to have resolved itself, after a bit of name-calling among the participants. New York City Council Members Robert Jackson and Ydanis Rodriguez were involved in the tiff, and were joined in their disagreement by State Sen. Adriano Espaillat, for good measure. Last month, there were reports that Jackson lost his cool at a zoning subcommittee meeting. Afterward, Jackson spoke to a New York Observer reporter, expressing his dismay at what he perceived his being labeled anti-Dominican by some at the meeting, including Rodriguez and Espaillat. “You’ve got a problem, come say it to my face,” said Jackson to the Observer. “Don’t try to make me look racist against Dominicans. I have done more for Dominicans in Upper Manhattan than any of them combined.” The outburst from Jackson was a surprise because, while the councilman is known for speaking his mind, he is not particularly known for such outbursts. Jackson’s district (City Council District 7) has a significant Dominican population and, alongside with Rodriguez’s, covers portions of Inwood and Washington Heights. Espaillat’s district (Senate District 31) covers Washington Heights and Inwood as well.