Election diminishes New York's black Democrats

"We are going to have to adapt to a new landscape and some loss of political power," said Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, a Brooklyn Democrat...

From The New York Times

Come January, the state’s first black governor, David A. Paterson, will leave the governor’s mansion after serving less than one term.

The shift has set off a round of jockeying and recrimination in black political circles, as black elected officials and operatives grapple with what is both a genuine diminishing of their power in government and a profound symbolic setback.

“We are going to have to adapt to a new landscape and some loss of political power,” said Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, a Brooklyn Democrat.

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