David Segal, a former spokesman for Councilman Ydanis Rodríguez, has a new job after a now-infamous series of events a few weeks ago where Mr. Rodríguez fired Mr. Segal, rehired and re-fired him within a very short time frame after the New York Post discovered he spent six months in federal jail for an arson attack on an army recruiting station in 2005.
“Now I am the Communications Coordinator for the Long Island Progressive Coalition,” Mr. Segal told us earlier today.
Although the Post labeled Mr. Segal a “terrorist” and a “cop-hating con” in a series of rhetorically charged articles on his rotating position in Mr. Rodríguez’s office, Lisa Tyson, the director of the LIPC, told us she wasn’t especially concerned.
“We’re a progressive organization — we judge him on the merits of his work and he has long history of really helping people,” Ms. Tyson explained. ”We’re really impressed with his résumé and he has really strong progressive values.”
Ms. Tyson reached out to Mr. Segal a few weeks back, after the controversy, and decided he’d be a good fit for the newly created communications coordinator position. She said Mr. Segal would be able to help expand their messaging as they fight for causes like affordable housing on Long Island and progressive legislation in Albany.
Mr. Segal, who’s going to stay in Brooklyn and commute out to Long Island, was understandably effusive in his praise for the organization.
“I’ve been really impressed with how Lisa Tyson’s work over the past decade has really made the organization grow,” he said. “They are a potent force for progressive politics on the island.”