“What can I say? I have been working hard,” Goldfeder said when reached by phone this afternoon out in Queens. He was preparing to go door-knocking at an apartment complex. “I raised the money because I have been fortunate enough over the last ten years to build a network of friends and supporters who came through in a big, big way.”
Goldfeder’s former boss is himself a legendary fundraiser. “I learned a tremendous amount from Chuck Schumer,” Goldfeder said. “The man doesn’t stop working, working around the clock, working for constituents. I learned that fundraising is all about getting in front of the phone and just doing it.”
(Mr. Goldfeder appears to have put significantly less work into his campaign website.)
In addition to time at Camp Schumer, Goldfeder also served as an aide to Mayor Mike Bloomberg and former City Councilman Simcha Felder.
He is running against Jane Deacy, a Queens district leader and close ally of City Councilman Eric Ulrich, for a seat held by Audrey Pheffer, who resigned last month to become the Queens County Clerk.
To put Goldfeder’s haul into perspective, in the three-way fight to fill the vacant Assembly seat in the 54th A.D., the leading candidate, Deidra Towns, raised only $90,000, despite spending several more months out on the campaign trail.
There are a number of familiar names on Goldfeder’s filing, including:
- Friends of Daniel Squadron (also a former Schumer aide) chipped in $1,500
- Bloomberg aide Michael Casertano gave $100
- Brooklyn Navy Yard CEO Andrew Kimball gave $250
- Queens Assemblyman Rory Lancman gave $1,000
- Thomas McMahon, lobbyist and brother of former Congressman Michael McMahon, gave $500
- Shelly Silver chief of staff Judy Rapfogel gave $100
- Former Squadron aide John Raskin gave $75.00
- Carlo Scissura, a top aide to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, gave $1,000
- Former Democratic Senate Spokesman Austin Shafran gave $75
- Bernard Spitzer, father of Eliot, gave $1,100
- Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto (formerly Schumer’s press secretary) gave $250
The election for to fill the vacant seat is slated for September 13.
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