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In 1987, as Yonkers City Council faces the prospect of being held in contempt if it fails to comply with an order to build low-income housing within the city, Councilman Nick Wasicsko plans to run for mayor.


Paul Haggis


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Oscar Isaac ... Nick Wasicsko
Peter Riegert ... Oscar Newman
Winona Ryder ... Vinni Restiano
Carla Quevedo ... Nay Noe
Jim Belushi ... Angelo Martinelli
Alfred Molina ... Hank Spallone
Ilfenesh Hadera ... Carmen Febles
LaTanya Richardson Jackson ... Norma O'Neal
Natalie Paul ... Doreen Henderson
Jon Bernthal ... Michael H. Sussman
Bob Balaban ... Judge Leonard B. Sand
Remy Auberjonois ... Michael Sculnick
J. Mallory McCree ... Skip
Michael Kostroff ... Ralph Arred
Clayton LeBouef Clayton LeBouef ... Benjamin Hooks


It's 1987. The city of Yonkers, NY (pop. 200,000) has been sued by the NAACP because it has no (zero) public housing. This is because Yonkers' elected officials are obedient to the majority of voters who fear that public housing will attract swarms of Black and Latino Sec. 8 tenants who will "leech" off Yonkers' property-tax-payers. The federal courts have already decided in favor of the NAACP. But after 7 years, Yonkers has failed to submit a Housing Plan to demonstrate compliance with the ruling that Yonkers build 200 units of public housing. In fact, it has filed an appeal. While awaiting the decision on the Appeal, the Mayor is up for reelection. Several of the City Council members run the newest (and at 27 years old, the youngest) Council member against the popular six-term incumbent Mayor Angelo Martinelli (played by Jim Belushi). Nick Wasicsko launches his mayoral campaign during the heated City Council meetings -- protests -- which are attended by over-flow crowds. Despite ... Written by Lucia Tallchief

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Drama | History


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When Nick Wasicsko stops in Angelo Martinelli's riding to find the incumbent mayor's constituents are putting homemade "Elect Wasicsko" signs on their lawns, a mid/late 1990's Volvo sedan is seen in a driveway (around 42:00), despite the scene portraying Wasicsko before he is elected as mayor in 1987. See more »


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16 August 2015 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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